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 [...]
This week, Sara and Nikki quash a bout of podcaster's block by brainstorming new ways for Nikki to find dates. Their guest Chris Fairbanks (@chrisfairbanks, Comedy Central, truTV's World's Dumbest), a comic who graced the stage at YHTBT's first live taping, takes this theme and runs with it first through the dark depths of sexual insanity and later around the whimsies of deceptive dating and pubic quilts. To close, the three talk pee about Chris's CD, friend-of-the-'cast Myq Kaplan's existence, and Buzzfeeder @LouisPeitzman's timely tweets.
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This week, Sara and Nikki conduct a no-nonsense all-business intro before announcing their pick for the YHTBT-designed listener-proposed website to be created on Squarespace: an entire site exclusively devoted to Talking Pee. The ladies welcome rising comic Michael Che (Best Week Ever, Letterman, soon SNL) to discuss the art of calling out an audience’s oversensitivity regarding such topics as race or bulldogs. The trio touch upon all the complications and potential depression of watching porn and end up highlighting a host of real-world gestures, scents, and compliments that do a better job of turning them on anyway. To close, everyone Talks Pee about Tim [...]
This week, Sara and Nikki share the terror and elation of hosting Tuesday's premiere of Nikki and Sara LIVE while momentarily shutting out the demands of judgy Twitterers and next week's show. Local comic and new friend Jessimae Peluso (Twitter) leads the ladies in a vivid chat about the vicious zits faced by all three at some point in their lives. In a surprise cameo, Drunk Diddy himself pipes in to postulate the perfect pustule-killing potion. Eventually the topic shifts to something even more embarrassing than acne: the cocky posturing nearly every stand-up commits when starting out. Talking Pee brings a calmer end to a breathless [...]