The rooms, scenes, and places where standup happens – and the people who were there.



Comedian Wayne Federman teaches Andrew Steven about the history of standup in a casual, conversational history class, looking over some of comedy’s most interesting moments. From Vaudeville to Netflix, we look back at the evolution of standup comedy.

What People Are Saying

"It seems appropriate during this standup comedy glut to look back at where it all began, and out of that comes The History of Standup podcast."
- Forbes

"Though educational in nature, History of Standup is also—as you might expect—funny and entertaining. The hosts have a great chemistry and you’ll find yourself laughing while learning."
- iHeartRadio

"Though we’re now supposedly living a in a post-comedy world, stand-up still seems as relevant as ever… It’s a good a time as any to get some historical context on the stand-up format."
- A.V. Club

"It is the perfect time for folks to start delving into the past and tracking how this art form has evolved over the decades."
- Paste

"Comedian Wayne Federman has made it his business to know his business. Now, with the help of podcaster and comedy fan Andrew Steven, Federman is imparting his comic knowledge…"
- Vulture

"The History of Standup podcast has a simple mission, to tell the story of standup comedy in America, and to have fun doing it."
- The Interrobang

Meet Your Hosts


Wayne Federman has been performing standup for over 30 years and has appeared in numerous television programs and films including Step Brothers, Funny People, Crashing, The Larry Sanders Show, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. In addition to more than 160 IMDB credits, he was the head monologue writer for Jimmy Fallon in 2009. He also co-produced the Emmy-winning HBO Documentary The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. Federman is an adjunct professor of standup and comedy history at USC, and a comedy historian who has written articles for Vulture, Splitsider, and The Atlantic. He appeared on CNN’s The History of Comedy and will be featured in CNN’s upcoming documentary on late-night television, Light Up The Night.


According to Vulture, Andrew Steven is an “amateur explorer, expert coffee drinker, and podcast maker..." Outside of that, he’s worked with NBCUniversal, Seeso, Bravo, Oxygen, VRV, Creative Commons, and numerous others to help them tell their stories in new and compelling ways.

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