The History of Standup Episodes

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Introducing Book Dreams

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Introducing Trail Weight

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That's a Wrap (Bonus Episode)

A brief look at where we’ve been and were were going as we continue exploring the history of standup. Featuring moments with James Adomian, Cameron Esposito, Pete Holmes, Nick Kroll, Emily V. Gordon, Dana Gould, Paula Poundstone, Lily Tomlin, and Willie Tyler (but not Lester). Follow us on Twitter at

S2 Ep. 07: Lyons Den and The Lincoln Lodge

Hear how an open mic and an alt room become the center of standup in Chicago in the early 2000s. Featuring Interviews with Nate Craig, Matt Dwyer, Cameron Esposito, Emily V. Gordon, Pete Holmes, Kyle Kinane, John Roy, and Nick Vatterott. Follow us on Twitter at @histofstandup, @federman, and @andrewsteven.

S2 Ep. 06: Meltdown

Find out how, for six years, the back room of a comic book store became one of the best independent standup venues in the United States. Featuring interviews with James Adomian, Marcella Arguello, Pete Holmes, Nick Kroll, Emily V. Gordon, Dana Gould, Howard Kremer and Jonah Ray. Follow us on

S2 Ep. 05: Broadway

Only a few standups were able to parlay their talents into a successful Broadway run. Hear the story of those comics who conquered the legitimate theater like Victor Borge, Lily Tomlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Jackie Mason, Mike Birbiglia, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. Follow us on Twitter at @histofstandup, @federman, and

S2 Ep. 04: The Academy Awards

The Academy Awards has showcased standups throughout its 91-year history, most notably Bob Hope. We look at Bob and the other comedians who have hosted “Hollywood’s Biggest Night” including Billy Crystal, Johnny Carson, Whoopi Goldberg, Jack Benny, Ellen DeGenerous, Steve Martin, Chris Rock and even the first comedian to host,

S2 Ep. 03: The Apollo and the Chitlin’ Circuit

An iconic New York City theater and a collection of black venues provided opportunities for comedians and entertainers during racial segregation, the civil rights movement, and continues through today. Featuring interviews with Tom Dressen, Kliph Nesteroff, and Willie Tyler. Follow us on Twitter at @histofstandup, @federman, and @andrewsteven. This episode

S2 Ep. 02: The Playboy Circuit

Hugh Hefner and Playboy magazine prove to be an unlikely champion for an era of comedy between night clubs and the comedy boom. Featuring interviews with Dick Capri, Tom Dressen, Patty Farmer, Shecky Greene, Kliph Nesteroff, Lily Tomlin, and Fred Willard. Follow us on Twitter at @histofstandup, @federman, and @andrewsteven.

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