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Journalist/comedian Harmon Leon and filmmaker Scott Calonico dive into the history of comedy; bringing podcast listeners some of their favorite comedy influences, cult classics, and all things comedy history.

Comedy History 101 Harmon Leon

    • Comedy
    • 3.9 • 9 Ratings

Journalist/comedian Harmon Leon and filmmaker Scott Calonico dive into the history of comedy; bringing podcast listeners some of their favorite comedy influences, cult classics, and all things comedy history.

    History of Pepe the Frog

    History of Pepe the Frog

    In 2005, Pepe the Frog was created by cartoonist Matt Furie And then his lovable creation got coopted by the alt-right. Ugh! Coinciding with the release of the new documentary, Feels Good Man - we chronicle the crazed, insane journey of Pepe the Frog.
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    • 28 min
    CH101 Select: History of XXX Party Records

    CH101 Select: History of XXX Party Records

    Party Records were albums that people would play at night after the kids went to bed. Known for its XXX humor - Party Records helped launch the careers of Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, LaWanda Page, Skillet & Leroy, and numerous other classic comedians. You couldn't find these albums on the shelves at record stores; they were sold under the counter in paper bags.
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    • 47 min
    History of the Animal House Sitcom

    History of the Animal House Sitcom

    Animal House starred John Belushi - and was a game changer in movie history. So less than a year after its release, ABC tried to cash in on the film's success with the sitcom: Delta House.
    Despite having some of the original cast members, and episodes written by the likes of John Hughes, Harold Ramis, and Doug Kenney - the show was a huge flop. It featured a laugh track, Josh Mostel filling in for Belushi, and not an ounce of raunchy humor - which made Animal House a success.
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    • 24 min
    History of The Chevy Chase Show

    History of The Chevy Chase Show

    The Chevy Chase Show premiered in 1993. It starred Chevy Chase - and was FOX's talk show answer to The Late Show with David Letterman.
    The former SNL star looked lost, uncomfortable, and out of his element. Not only did the show only last 5 weeks - but this late night disaster is also ranked as the one of the worst TV shows of all time.
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    • 31 min
    CH101 Select: History of the Comedy Store Condo

    CH101 Select: History of the Comedy Store Condo

    From the archives: The Comedy Store in Los Angeles is home to a zillion famous (and not so famous) comedians. The condo, directly behind The Store - was literally home to numerous comedians who went on to change the face of comedy. Sam Kinison, Andrew Dice Clay, Robin Williams, Yakov Smirnoff, Marc Maron, and more...
    This comedy frat house was both a humor incubator and a dark den of drugs and destruction.
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    • 1 hr
    History of the Blazing Saddles Sitcom

    History of the Blazing Saddles Sitcom

    In 1975, Warner Brothers filmed a sitcom spinoff of the hit movie, Blazing Saddles, called: Black Bart.
    The sitcom starred Lou Gossett Jr., featured pale imitations of the original cast, and had a canned laugh track. The only reason Warner Bros filmed the sitcom was due to a clause in Mel Brooks' contract - with the intent of producing a Blazing Saddles film franchise. Four seasons were filmed - and it was never meant to see the light of day.


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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Mugs Bunny ,

They work hard, and it shows

Great example of a pair who brings their research and knowledge all to the table for each podcast. They inform and entertain very well, well worth your time. They also have a good feel for what is interesting and what's worth sharing with the listener.

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If you are looking for a legitimate history of comedy, look elsewhere. These guys see all comedy as applying to the present day, no questions asked.

Ed grooberman ,

Worth the hassles

Guys do a decent job; they have a good command of their subject and provide some fascinating tid-bits to demonstrate their points. Harmon has a horrible habit of constantly saying "yeah" three to seven times in a row that dilutes the good point he's agreeing with, and Scott needs to stop saying "but that's a whole 'nother podcast" every single time a possible tangent subject pops up. Minor irritating unprofessionalisms beside, it's well worth your time.

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