Posts tagged as jimmy pardo

Inside A Special Thing and 'Never Not Funny' with Matt Belknap

Matt Belknap has had many aspirations. As a teenager he hoped to make it in Hollywood after reading a Spike Lee book on screenwriting. After attempting to make films, he carved his own path by starting A Special Thing message board, originally designed as a place where Tenacious D fans could congregate. But AST morphed into an alternative comedy hub where fans and comedians alike could post and discuss comedy. Belknap soon started A Special Thing Podcast and since 2006, Belknap has been cohosting the weekly podcast, Never Not Funny, with one of his favorite comedians, Jimmy Pardo.

Along with his cohosting duties, Belknap cofounded A Special Thing Records, which [...]

'Never Not Funny' Is Joining the Earwolf Network and Will Be Free Now

Jimmy Pardo's long-running comedy podcast has joined the Earwolf network, Pardo and co-host Matt Belknap announced on the latest episode of the show this week. Never Not Funny has been on a pay format for years now (with only the first 20 minutes being available for free), but future episodes will be entirely free now once the show debuts on Earwolf on January 30th. There will still be a pay option for an additional weekly episode and for video of the Earwolf episodes.

Started in 2006, Never Not Funny was one of the earliest comedy podcasts and helped get the ball rolling on the comedy podcast boom that [...]

Talking to Jimmy Pardo About 'Sprezzatura', 'Never Not Funny', and Combining Structure and Improv

Jimmy Pardo's comedy is aptly-named. His long-running and much-beloved podcast Never Not Funny is one of the most reliably excellent podcasts in a medium filled with mediocrity. That show is characterized by a loose, stream-of-consciousness style that is carried over into Pardo's new album, Sprezzatura. The word, which dates back to the Italian Renaissance, is defined as "a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it." I recently got a chance to talk to him about why he doesn't release more material and why comedy track names are always terrible.

So I [...]

Jimmy Pardo Tells Conan About His Trip to the Doctor's

World class stand-up Jimmy Pardo is also the audience warm-up guy on Conan, and last night, he got to appear on the show for a chat with Conan O'Brien. Of course, it involved Conan goading him venting about testicular problems and an embarrassing trip to the doctor's office.

Inside Never Not Funny's 4th Annual Pardcast-a-Thon

When the podcast boom first materialized, at the forefront stood Jimmy Pardo’s ‘Never Not Funny,’ a new type of show consisting of merely a few friends sitting around a table chatting through live microphones. Sure, it sounded simple then – a recorded conversation – but it would soon become a format to be duplicated time and time again to the well-known shows of today.

‘Never Not Funny’, a weekly podcast (or Pardcast) hosted by the comic and his producer, Matt Belknap, features a different guest each week along with the others “around the room,” as Pardo puts it. Today, six years since it’s birth, it remains one of the [...]

This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Jimmy Pardo Visits 'U Talkin' U2 To Me?'

The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. Also, we'll keep you posted on the offerings from our very own podcast network. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.

U Talkin' U2 To Me? – Jimmy Pardo

ZOE: If you like Scott Aukerman and [...]

Conan Isn't Impressed by Jimmy Pardo's 70s References

Jimmy Pardo made his now annual appearance on Conan last night to plug his Pardcast-a-thon, but he and Conan mostly talked about Jimmy's son and his sweater and his lack of 21st century references. Check out the rest of the interview below, where Conan and Jimmy debate whether Jimmy should finish a story he just started.

This Is What Jimmy Pardo Filling in for Andy Richter Looks Like

Standup, podcaster, and Conan's audience warm-up guy Jimmy Pardo sat in for co-host Andy Richter on Conan last night and he's doing it again tonight while Richter films a game show pilot. Here's the monologue from last night, which, unfortunately, Pardo only interrupts sporadically. It would have been a pretty funny bit if he was interjecting every chance he could get on his first night on the show.

Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter Bowl Against the Nerdist Guys

Here's the latest video from the Nerdist YouTube channel's series All Star Celebrity Bowling, with the Nerdist hosts (Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira) taking to the bowling alley to compete against Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter. Comedian Jimmy Pardo, who is both Conan's warm-up guy and the host of a Nerdist web series, chose to bowl on the Nerdist team. Will Pardo's bowling abilities lose him his job at Conan? You'll have to watch and find out.

Conan Interviews Jimmy Pardo, His Warm-up Guy

Jimmy Pardo's a talented standup, host of the popular podcast Never Not Funny, and the audience warm-up guy for TBS's Conan. Here he is on Conan as a guest for a change, telling some great stories about his fascinating son and throwing the first pitch at a White Sox game (part two after the jump). Also, Pardo's father-in-law is Walter Koenig, the guy who played Chekov on Star Trek. Jimmy Pardo has the most interesting family ever.

TBS Orders a Pilot Starring Jimmy Pardo, Produced by Conan O'Brien

Standup Jimmy Pardo is getting his very own TBS pilot. The cable network has ordered a pilot presentation for The Weekly Awards, a clip show hosted by Pardo that will find him going over the week's big events and handing out awards while wearing a tux. Conan O'Brien is producing the pilot via his production company Conaco. The pilot is taping next month, and you can get tickets here.

Pardo, who is the host of the popular podcast Never Not Funny, has been serving as the opening act for tapings of Conan O'Brien's talk show for years and occasionally appears on camera. He filled in for Andy [...]

Jimmy Pardo Is Hosting His Fifth Annual Podcast Marathon for Charity

Jimmy Pardo, host of the podcast Never Not Funny is set for his the Fifth Annual Pardcast-a-Thon, the annual podcast marathon he does to benefit the charity Smile Train. The event will take place from noon to midnight PST on Friday, November 29th, with Zach Galifianakis, Patton Oswalt, Scott Aukerman, Andy Richter, Doug Benson, Joel Stein, and Phil Hendrie scheduled to participate, along with Pardo's co-hosts Matt Belknap and Pat Francis.

Started in 2009, the annual event has attracted past guests like Conan O'Brien, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Jon Hamm, and more. Past Pardcast-a-Thons have raised over $300,000 for Smile Train, an international charity that repairs childrens' cleft palates. The event [...]

Jimmy Pardo Is Filling in for Andy Richter on 'Conan' Tonight and Tomorrow

Standup and Conan audience warm-up guy Jimmy Pardo will be taking Andy Richter's place as sidekick on the TBS talk show tonight and tomorrow night. Richter will be busy for the next two days filming a pilot for a Fox game show called Step Up that was announced this morning, so Pardo will be temporarily bumped up to handle his Conan sidekicking duties.

Pardo has been working as the opening act for Conan O'Brien's tapings since he was made host of The Tonight Show in 2009. When O'Brien jumped to TBS, Pardo came with. He prefers to be called the show's "opening act" instead of "audience warm-up guy" because [...]

Jimmy Pardo's Pardcast-a-Thon Raises Over $114,000 for Smile Train

Comedian Jimmy Pardo's Pardcast-a-Thon, his fourth annual 12-hour live comedy marathon to raise money for the charity Smile Train was held this past weekend in Los Angeles, and the result was an overwhelming success. Smile Train is an organization that provides free corrective surgery for children with cleft lip and palate, and this year's Pardcast-a-Thon raised over $114,000 for the cause, more than doubling the amount collected last year. Pardo had 25 guests during the show, including Conan O'Brien, Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Rob Corddry, Scott Aukerman, and more. Video of the entire 12-hour event will be released on demand via Dailymotion in December, with [...]