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Jonah Ray Launches Comedy/Music Label Literally Figurative Records

Meltdown and Nerdist cohost Jonah Ray just launched his own imprint label through AST Records called Literally Figurative. Through the label, Ray will release a series of 7-inch records called The Mutual Appreciation Society that will feature "a comic on one side and band they are friends with on the other." Comic/band combinations will include Wil Wheaton/Nerf Herder, Rhea Butcher/G.S. Schray, Matt Mira/Jenny Owen Youngs, and Jonah Ray/Mikal Cronin. Also set for a release via Literally Figurative are Nick Youssef's debut album Stop Not Owning This, Matt Dwyer's debut LP, and a 7-inch from comedian Paige Weldon. For more information, head over to Ray's blog.

The Inside Story of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail

“I’ve always been fascinated with the moment people go from being a just a group in a room to one unit – for me, that’s the most interesting thing on the planet,” says Emily Gordon, co-producer of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. “Movies do that, and church does that, and comedy shows do that, and I always wanted to make an environment where that happens.”

Every Wednesday night, it happens in an unlikely place: the dim, unfinished back room of a comic book shop on Sunset Boulevard. 

Just a few blocks east of Los Angeles’ biggest comedy clubs, the NerdMelt Showroom is home to one of [...]

Comedy Central Orders New Standup Series 'The Meltdown' with Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani

Comedy Central is adding another standup show to its lineup. The network announced today that it's ordered The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, a new series based on the live Los Angeles standup showcase The Meltdown. Hosted weekly by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjini and produced by Emily Gordon, The Meltdown has been one of the most popular and best standup shows in town since it started up at the NerdMelt Theater, a venue in the back of a comic book store, in 2011. The pilot was directed by Lance Bangs and the series will be produced by Ben Stiller's company Red Hour. The TV version will feature Ray [...]

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.

BBC America Orders Chris Hardwick's 'Nerdist' Show to Series

BBC America has just picked up Chris Hardwick's TV series The Nerdist for a 10-episode season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Hardwick has been hosting a series of hour-long Nerdist specials for BBC America since last year, but now, it'll be a regular weekly show. This comes in addition to his post-Walking Dead talk show Talking Dead on AMC, which was recently expanded from a half-hour to a full hour and will return in February. Based on Hardwick's popular podcast and blog of the same name, The Nerdist will see Hardwick joined by his podcast co-hosts Jonah Ray and Matt Mira for a series of hour-long shows [...]

Kumail Nanjiani Tells Conan About a 'Silicon Valley' Scene That Disappointed His Mother

Meltdown hosts Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani paid a visit to Conan last night, and Nanjiani told a story about nearly winning his hard-to-impress mother over through his work on HBO's Silicon Valley only to completely disappoint her again with an image of him making love to the symbol of American freedom.

Watch the Pilot for 'The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail' on Amazon for Free

Comedy Central's new standup series The Meltdown doesn't premiere until July 23rd, but the pilot is already available for viewing on Amazon Instant Video for free. The episode's lineup includes Steve Agee, David Koechner, Neal Brennan, Moshe Kasher, and plenty of cuts to the backstage scene with Meltdown producer and Nanjiani's wife Emily Gordon, so get ahead of the curve by watching the free episode now over at Amazon.

Talking to Jonah Ray About 'The Half Hour', 'Nerdist', and Zombie Jokes

For the past 15 years, Comedy Central’s half hour specials have showcased the future stars of standup. Looking back, the early years of Comedy Central Presents included memorable sets from the likes of Mitch Hedberg, Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Dane Cook and dozens more. Re-branded The Half Hour in 2012, the series continues to feature the best up-and-coming comics in the country.

For many comedians, it’s that history that makes doing a half hour special so significant. While a half hour may once have been a comic’s first major exposure, comedians now have many ways to build an audience. Almost everyone who taped a special this year does non-standup comedy as well, branching [...]

Comedy Central Is Filming a Pilot of Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani's Stand-up Show "The Meltdown"

Comedy Central has ordered a pilot episode for a stand-up series based on Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani's wildly-popular, excellent live show The Meltdown. The Meltdown is a weekly stand-up showcase held at NerdMelt in Los Angeles since 2011, hosted by Ray and Nanjiani and produced by Emily V. Gordon, and it's easily the hottest stand-up show in town right now. The pilot is being directed by Lance Bangs and produced by Ben Stiller's company Red Hour. Head on over to The Meltdown Tumblr for info on how you can attend the taping on February 13th. Basing a stand-up TV show on a popular live stand-up show is [...]

With Comedy Bang Bang Gone, What's L.A.'s Next Big Stand-up Show?

2012 was the end of an era for the Los Angeles comedy scene, as Comedy Bang Bang, the influential weekly stand-up showcase co-created by Scott Aukerman, ended its ten year run earlier this month. Comedy Bang Bang (originally titled Comedy Death-Ray) will live in on in the form of the popular podcast and IFC show of the same name, but the live show's impact upon the L.A. comedy scene (and the comedy world at large) is endless. Comedy Bang Bang first started in 2002 when the term "alternative comedy" actually meant something, years before Zach Galifianakis was a major movie star or Louis C.K. was the country's leading [...]

Talking to Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray About 'The Meltdown'

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail premieres on Comedy Central tonight as an eight-episode, half-hour standup showcase based on the very popular weekly alt show hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray in Meltdown Comics’ NerdMelt Theater and produced by Emily Gordon. The show will feature a range of comedians many of whom have appeared on the live show in the four years it’s been a part of the Los Angeles comedy scene including Marc Maron, Jim Gaffigan, Adam Scott, Maria Bamford, and Moshe Kasher.

I caught up with Nanjiani and Ray and talked with them about translating their show to TV, working with director Lance Bangs, and making [...]

'The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail' Premieres July 23rd; Will Feature Nick Offerman, Weird Al and More

Comedy Central is premiering its newest standup series, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, on July 23rd at 12:30am, Splitsider has learned, and the show has one hell of an impressive lineup, including performances from Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, TJ Miller, Reggie Watts, Maria Bamford, and tons more.

Hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, The Meltdown is a half-hour eight-episode standup showcase based on the duo's Los Angeles live show of the same name, one of the most popular standup shows in town. Ray and Nanjiani have been hosting the live show from the NerdMelt Theater since 2011. The Comedy Central version will feature about four comedians per episode and [...]

Chris Hardwick's 'Nerdist' TV Show Will Feature Stand-Up and Cool Guests

BBC America just announced an impressive guest lineup for The Nerdist, the network's new Chris Hardwick-hosted show based on the popular podcast and blog of the same name. After a series of one-hour specials on BBC America, The Nerdist will kick off its 10-episode first season this Saturday, March 30th, at 10PM, with Hardwick joined by his Nerdist cohorts Jonah Ray and Matt Mira. Guests will include Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, Gillian Jacobs, Dominic Monaghan, Guillermo Del Toro, Robert Kirkman, Buzz Aldrin, and Karen Gillan, but more importantly, the show will feature stand-up, with Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer, Kyle Kinane, Natasha Leggero, Ron Funches and Matt Kirshen set [...]

Jonah Ray, Gabe Liedman, Nikki Glaser, and More to Film Comedy Central Half-Hour Specials

Comedy Central has long been the best showcase of stand-up on TV, and every year, the network releases a series of half-hour specials from talented folks. The Comedy Bureau has obtained a list of comedians set to record specials this year, and it's an especially strong group. The half-hour specials will be release as part of Comedy Central's show The Half-Hour, which is the successor to its old show Comedy Central Presents, and the batch of episodes should drop sometime this summer. The list lists Jonah Ray, Sean O'Connor, Dan St. Germain, Mike Lawrence, Dan Soder, Nikki Glaser, Jared Logan, Gabe Liedman, Baron Vaughn, Ben Kronberg, and Sean Patton as all having new specials on the docket. It's a [...]