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.


Wayne Federman has been performing standup for over 30 years and has appeared in numerous television programs and films including Step Brothers, Crashing, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and was the head monologue writer for Jimmy Fallon. Federman is also a professor of standup and comedy history at USC, and a comedy historian, having written articles for Vulture, Splitsider, and The Atlantic. He appears in the second season of CNN’s The History of Comedy and co-produced the HBO Documentary The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling.


Andrew Steven is a podcaster and producer who has worked with NBCUniversal, Seeso, and numerous comedians, brands, and personalities to help them tell their stories in new and compelling ways.