Comedian and professor Wayne Federman has spent his life studying the art and history of standup comedy. Join him and fellow student, Andrew Steven, as they look back at some of standup’s most interesting moments, places, and people.
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I uhhhmm
Oct 27
Rating:   10
Knowledge is power

So interesting

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mxyplyzyx
Oct 27
Rating:   10
Great podcast

Funny and smart about being funny and smart.

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Yanq7
Oct 18
Rating:   8
Heavily Weighted To Recent Times

This is a great history of standup comedy. You will learn a lot, especially about the comedians from before you were born. However, like most modern historians trying to tell you the entire story, it is heavily weighted towards what has happened most recently. Similar to the history of baseball, the “greatest” and most talked about players are those who played most recently. There is not enough balanced discussion of the greats from many decades ago. A more balanced history would spend equivalent amounts of time on each decade, rather than discounting the historical segments of the past, spending too much time on “recent” history. Heavy emphasis on recent internet comedy at the expense of the previous television, radio, and vaudeville eras. Nevertheless, I highly recommend listening to all of these episodes.

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Amigo64
Oct 5
Rating:   10
Required Curriculum

If I was gonna teach, or take a class on comedy of any form... I would 100% expect this to be a required part of the curriculum. Every young comic should know this stuff and every comedy nerd will love it.

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Mr.Anonymous5678
Oct 4
Rating:   10
Fantastic podcast

Great for morning bus rides and walking from class to class while on campus.

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Peter N Hillman
Aug 23
Rating:   10
More! More!

Absolutely terrific treatment of comedy history. In hindsight, hearing how great it is, I wish they had taken more time with the chronology. With this superb quality, I would embrace 100 episodes. Thank you!

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New Age Sensitive
Aug 9
Rating:   10
Great show

I love comedy and I love backstage stories. This show is great and makes you appreciate all the comedy you’ve seen over the years that much more. Thank you thank you thank you for doing this!

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bonethrowerinc
Aug 5
Rating:   10
Love it.

This show is incredible. Thank you so much for making it. Binged both seasons in two days.

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PJFaur
Jul 23
Rating:   10
Thorough and fun!

I'm a huge fan of standup and comedy in general. I've listened to every episode of The History of Standup, and I'm blown away. I'll be 70 in December, so I lived through a lot of the history covered so far. The episodes have brought back great memories, and they've also given me behind-the-scenes insights into specific comedians and venues. I've also appreciated learning more about what modern comedians are doing. Well done!

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Too Critical
Jul 23
Rating:   10
A favorite

Very engaging and informative

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Bunnies R Fat
Jul 18
Rating:   10
Amazing!

Great podcast! Wayne is very knowledgeable and Andrew provides a great role as a “layman” so it’s not too “inside baseball”. I love the tempo of the podcast, it’s not just people yelling and talking over each other. I very much like the style of interjecting recorded bits as a supplement to what they’re talking about, whether it be interviews or bits. It’s very methodical, well thought out, and easy to listen to. Even if you don’t have an unhealthy obsession with comedy like some of us, still a great podcast!

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RLA-262
Jul 13
Rating:   10
A Comedy Nerd’s Dreamcast

The beauty of the History of Standup is that it mixes thing you know with things you THINk you know with things about most of us had no idea. A splendid stroll down Standup Comedy lane, helping us understand not only how Comedy has evolved, but how we as a culture have evolved along with it.Throughly enjoyable balance of host-talking, interviews, and primary-source material.

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Samsgotgreenspicks
Jul 11
Rating:   10
Recommend to any comedy lover

Amazing primary sources, the content is entertaining and insightful... like I actually hear things I’ve never heard before. Great podcast.

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IrishLadOKC
Jul 10
Rating:   10
So good!

Best podcast I’ve heard in a long time. Outstanding!

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TallRaymond
Jul 9
Rating:   10
Great show

My review is great too.

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Tilky44
Jul 6
Rating:   10
Outstanding Podcast!

Great research on an interesting subject; Professor Federman and Mr. Steven are unpretentious yet reverant. Hilarious old clips are a real treat!

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Thomas Neeley
Jul 4
Rating:   10
Comedy History at its Very Best

My favorite podcast. Funny, insightful, filled with stories and clips. I listened to one and I was hooked.

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@GuitarSunCat
Jul 3
Rating:   10
History Is Evergreen

This is a fun listen. Wayne Federman is a comedy great and a joy to spend time with; for both his co-host and everyone else. The topic is inherently compelling and entertaining. Wanye Federman is as skilled an interlocutor as one could hope for, when tracing the history of stand-up. History always offers an appealing refuge from the troubles of the world; just like the art-form of comedy, itself. Listeners can begin at any episode and complete the series in any order.

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