9 episodes

It’s the reboot of What’s So Funny! and there’s a new spin on things! Our host, Dave Schwensen, returns and this time he’s brought three of his friends: Kelly, Tom, and Logan. Join in as we listen to comedy albums from the 1950s, ‘60s, or ‘70s.

We’ll take a look at the life of the comedian as well as the cultural relevance of the album then and now. So sit back, relax, and get ready to laugh!

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It’s the reboot of What’s So Funny! and there’s a new spin on things! Our host, Dave Schwensen, returns and this time he’s brought three of his friends: Kelly, Tom, and Logan. Join in as we listen to comedy albums from the 1950s, ‘60s, or ‘70s.

We’ll take a look at the life of the comedian as well as the cultural relevance of the album then and now. So sit back, relax, and get ready to laugh!

    The Unstoppable Shelley Berman

    The Unstoppable Shelley Berman

    Our final episode of the season features the one, the only, Shelley Berman and his album “Inside Shelley Berman!” Before becoming a comedian, Shelley worked quite a few odd jobs, but he didn’t let that stop him from becoming the comedian we know of today! He is most known for his role on Curb Your Enthusiasm but, he was one of the premiere comics of his time. . Listen in to find out what makes Shelley Berman unstoppable!

    • 34 min
    The Original One Hit Wonder, Vaughn Meader

    The Original One Hit Wonder, Vaughn Meader

    In this episode of What’s So Funny! Dave Schwensen and Tom Megalis listen to original one hit wonder Vaughn Meader. His comedy album broke records when it was released in 1962 skyrocketing to the top of the charts, but his career took a turn for the worse when national tragedy hit. As the original presidential impersonator he changed the face of the nation as John F. Kennedy. Let’s go back in time to Camelot with Vaughn Meader’s “The First Family.”

    • 33 min
    The Comedy Duo Nichols and May present “An Evening With Nichols and May”

    The Comedy Duo Nichols and May present “An Evening With Nichols and May”

    It’s hard to believe, but the parents of improvisational comedy didn’t even like each other the first time they met! In this episode of What’s So Funny! we take a listen to the live recording of their Broadway show “An Evening With Nichols and May,” by Mike Nichols and Elaine May. This comedy duo rose to fame in just 2 short years and paved the way for improvisational comedy that we see today!

    • 37 min
    Lily Tomlin the Performer

    Lily Tomlin the Performer

    In this episode of What’s So Funny! We meet Lily Tomlin’s famous character Ernestine the Telephone Operator in her 1971 album This Is A Recording. Ernestine shows us what a day in the life of the telephone company is like. She persuades Gore Vidal to pay his bill, introduces us to the hunky Vito the Repairman, and we get to hear about the upcoming telephone company pageant. Lily Tomlin has done it all listen in to find out more about Lily Tomlin!

    • 35 min
    Steve Martin is a Wild and Crazy Guy

    Steve Martin is a Wild and Crazy Guy

    We all know Steve Martin the actor, but in this episode we go back in time to his comedy roots with the album “A Wild and Crazy Guy.” From Disney Land to sold out stadiums Steve Martin’s career exploded onto the scene forever changing the way people viewed comedy.

    He can juggle, he can lasso, he can play the banjo, he appreciates art, and he’s been on SNL almost as many times as Alec Baldwin, is there anything Steve Martin can’t do? We don’t think so!

    • 29 min
    The original sicknick of comedy, Lenny Bruce, and his 1961 album “American”

    The original sicknick of comedy, Lenny Bruce, and his 1961 album “American”

    One of the most controversial comedians of his time, Lenny Bruce, was the original bad boy of comedy. In this episode we will be listening to his 1961 album “American.” We will find out how Lenny got his start doing stand up, the influence of jazz on his comedy, and why he wore a trench coat on stage. Listen in as we discover what made Lenny Bruce so controversial!

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

PodcastLover11 ,

Funny & Instructive

Love the way they listen to bits from the comedy album. Amazing mix of the comedy history and analysis of the comedian. Been waiting for a podcast like this!

Jarredshere ,

Interesting information on comedy you've missed

I myself am not a huge comedy buff. But stumbling upon this was actually pretty interesting. There's a good bit of history that's dug up by the hosts. The comedy itself seems hit or miss. But even the bits that aren't hilarious can at least be historically worthwhile to hear.

Overall really interesting. Would recommend it.

ABrigTooFar ,

A Comedy Education

This is a very unique podcast because it truly gives outsiders (i.e. me!) a look at life in the comedy world. I love the insight of the interviews, but I wish they would record new episodes to stay current.

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