Welcome to Comedy Now, a weekly column cataloging what comedy fans should know about what’s available in the streaming world. Whether it’s a brand new special, an old classic, or the oddball show that defies categorization, we’ll list as many as we can for your enjoyment right here. Who knows? We may even throw in a few non-streamable bits on occasion, like tour announcements from our favorite comics. You can check out the previous column here.
Fred Armisen bangs the drums for Netflix
If you’re a fan of Fred Armisen’s work in sketch comedy from his days on Saturday Night Live or his final foray into the world of Portlandia, chances are you’ll enjoy Standup for Drummers. If traditional stand-up comedy — in which comics primarily stand on stage and tell pre-written and crowd-tested jokes — is more your bag, then Armisen seguing from various impressions to drum solos might not work for you. Either way, the comedy actor/musician’s first-ever stand-up special is definitely one of Netflix’s odder entries so far in 2018. If you’re a drummer, however, then you’ll probably better appreciate Armisen’s material than most.
The Nerdist podcast is no more (because it’s ID10T now)
Nerdist Podcast is becoming @id10t starting Tuesday! Change is weird, but it’s not meant to be disrespectful to the fans who have supported us “making our thing” all these years. NOTHING will change other than the name. If you’re already subscribed, it’s the same feed so you won’t have to re-subscribe. @mattmira & @jonahray will pop on when they can and @kt_money will continue to produce. There are many reasons why this all happened which I explain on the latest hostful episode (currently up). Briefly, though, this is an opportunity which will allow me to grow the show and “make a thing” for myself, which is the ability to syndicate the show on radio, and building out ID10T (our festival is coming back in Nov). I hope you trust me by now and know that I wouldn’t do anything like this unless I really believed I could do something extra special with it. Also it’s not lost on me that we are almost EXACTLY at the 8 year anniversary date so this is an exciting new beginning and one I hope you’ll come along for. The show will still be free and available on Tuesdays the same way you get it now. Still, it’s scary, exciting, and all the things you feel when you make even a slight change and walk down a new path. But I believe it can be more risky sometimes to not take risks. That’s how you evolve and make new discoveries! Thank you for all the amazing years of support you’ve given us and we plan to be there for many more!!! #hugs
If you’re still a regular listener of Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist podcast, you probably noticed its new name: ID10T. Along with co-hosts Jonah Ray and Matt Mira, Hardwick announced the change last week with a special “final” episode of the podcast, which was quickly followed by the new program’s “first” official episode this week. Even so, to paraphrase Mira, “nothing’s changing.” In an exclusive interview with Uproxx, Hardwick explained his reasoning for the name change, what it means going forward for his fans, and his thoughts about the future of the podcasting medium.