I recently discovered the podcast "The History of Standup," a critically acclaimed podcast. From their official site:
If you’ve ever watched a standup comedy special on Comedy Central or Netflix and wondered how we got here — The History of Standup looks back at the evolution of standup from vaudeville to Netflix. Each week, 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.
You're walked through the history of standup, from when it was known as vaudeville in the late 1800s...
to the earliest beginnings of television in the 1940s.
"Before 1947 no one was actually a “standup” comedian because that term didn’t yet exist."
With guests like Judd Apatow, Jimmy Pardo, and Demetri Martin sharing their behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes, I'm enjoying the series and learning as I go along. And it's not just me - other people are loving the show.