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.
Utilizing rare audio clips, interviews, and more, the two hosts weave together the fascinating and hilarious journey of comics from vaudeville to Netflix and has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes Magazine, The A.V. Club, Vulture, Paste, and more.
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 Comcast NBCUniversal, Google, WarnerMedia’s VRV.co, The Tim Ferriss Show, Bravo/Oxygen, Creative Commons, Seeso, and more, and numerous others to help them tell their stories in new and compelling ways.