I was a big fan of Live At Gotham, which ran four seasons on Comedy Central. I loved the show for many reasons, but mostly because I got to see a lot of fresh faces doing top-notch stand-up, and it was an alternative to Comedy Central Presents.
I am excited though, because Comedy Central is bringing some more stand-up comedy to the table with its new series, The Half Hour. The Half Hour will feature both up-and-coming and well established comedians alike. I think, for the most part, it will be very similar to Live At Gotham. Mainly, the differences will be:
- There will likely be no host MC to introduce the comics and do their own routine.
- Sets are half an hour (instead of the showcase length of Live At Gotham).
- Fewer comedians in the season. This doesn’t mean there will be less comedy. It appears the number of comedians will be about the same as about two episodes of Live At Gotham (12), but since they’re doing half-an-hour sets with one set per episode, Comedy Central didn’t need as many comedians to make the show.
- There may be other differences, but I won’t know until I see the show.
So, I guess for me, this show is kind of filling a “stand-up comedy void” left by Live At Gotham. There are certain things I liked about it that I don’t think The Half Hour will have. For instance, if I didn’t click with a comedian’s humor, then I just had to wait a few minutes before the next one, but now I will have to tune-in next time. I also loved Live At Gotham’s theme music. I don’t know what theme music there will be for The Half Hour, but it’s up against some steep competition.
I believe the show is good for aspiring comedians. Since the show highlights a few up and comers, there are a few more chances for comics to get discovered–and every one counts! Sure, with Live At Gotham there may have been more, but for the last few years there hasn’t been any of this type, so this is a step in the right direction. It will also be good to watch. Some comedians have a fear that jokes will seep into their mind subconsciously, but for the most part I feel this is unfounded. The only downside to watching, in my opinion, would be the sets are half an hour instead of the seven minute sets (typical length though some may have varied slightly). Most comics (such as myself) that are just starting off need to write a shorter set before moving on the the half hour set.
The list of comics appearing on the show is out. They are: Joe Mande, Rory Scovel, Jesse Popp, David O’Doherty, Michael Palascak, Garfunkel & Oates (Kate Micucci & Riki Lindholm), Neal Brennan, Na’im Lynn, Brendon Walsh, Nick Vatterott, Maronzio Vance and Theo Von. Comedy Central’s(R) New Stand-Up Series “The Half Hour” Premieres Friday, May 11 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT and 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. Rory Scovel and Michael Palascak are featured in the debut installments. You can read more about the show, the comedians, and watch video clips on Comedy Central’s Website.