Posts tagged as never not funny

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 [...]

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 [...]

Tracing the Birth of the Comedy Podcast Boom

The Montreal Just for Laughs Festival is not every comic’s cup of tea. That being said, many consider it to be the most prestigious event of the year. Not only is it the largest international comedy festival in the world, it is also the best attended by industry representatives, precisely the put-off for some. Last year at the 29th installment of the summer rendezvous in Quebec’s cultural capital the Keynote Address was delivered by Marc Maron and kicked off the Conference finale — a three-day parade of panels, parties, pitching and pimping between the purse-holders and the performers.

“I have never been more nervous about anything than to [...]

'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 [...]

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 [...]

Is the Comedy Podcast Scene Too Incestuous?

"We’re all kind of using the same guests," said Jimmy Pardo of comedy podcast hosts, before announcing an upcoming Never Not Funny with guests Marc Maron, Todd Glass, Adam Carolla and Chris Hardwick. Just kidding! Further opinions are aired in this article about the seriousness of comedy podcasts, from John Hodgman's notion that podcasts can't rightfully be called comedy "when you’re weeping” to Pete Holmes' point that the vast array of content means that listeners can expect podcasts to suit their ever more specific needs. Now there's a fun thought experiment: what is your specific, personal dream podcast? Mine would be the male trio of Stella plus [...]

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 [...]

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.

Jimmy Pardo's Very Good Year

It’s hard to tell if naming his podcast (excuse me, pardcast) “Never Not Funny” might have been Jimmy Pardo’s clever ploy to limit internet research on his detractors — Googling “Jimmy Pardo not funny” only points you right back to the podcast. Because it’s difficult to find much criticism of Pardo, a “comic’s comic” who’s been performing stand up professionally since the early go-go ‘90’s heydays. But really, you need to look no further than the man himself if you want to know Jimmy Pardo’s limitations. He’ll tell you about them (more on that later).

Pardo’s honesty is what makes him endearing and, combined with his considerable charm, [...]