|Created by||David Steinberg|
|Presented by||David Steinberg|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Executive producer(s)||David Steinberg
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Carousel Productions
Sunset Point Productions
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||January 26, 2012– present|
Inside Comedy is an American television interview program hosted and directed by David Steinberg. During each episode, Steinberg interviews a number of popular comedians from the worlds of stand-up, television, and film. Its first season ran from January to March 2012, and its second season premiered on February 11, 2013. The series will return for a 10-episode third season, which will premiere on February 2, 2014.
Inside Comedy was initially intended as a feature-length documentary to be produced by interviewer David Steinberg and producer Steve Carell. Steinberg and Carell's company, Carousel Productions, raised several million dollars and began filming interviews. After it was decided that too much footage was shot for one film, the project was picked up as a television series by the Showtime network.
|Season||Episodes||Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||10||January 26, 2012||March 30, 2012|
|2||10||February 11, 2013||April 15, 2013|
|3||10||February 2, 2014||N/A|
Season 1 (2012)
|1||1||Don Rickles & Jerry Seinfeld||January 26, 2012|
|2||2||Chris Rock||February 2, 2012|
|3||3||Steve Carell & Jane Lynch||February 9, 2012|
|4||4||Billy Crystal, Martin Short, & Brad Garrett||February 16, 2012|
|5||5||Larry David||February 23, 2012|
|6||6||Sarah Silverman & Garry Shandling||March 2, 2012|
|7||7||Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner||March 9, 2012|
|8||8||Ellen DeGeneres & Tim Conway||March 16, 2012|
|9||9||Kathy Griffin & Steven Wright||March 23, 2012|
|10||10||Robin Williams & Jonathan Winters||March 30, 2012|
Season 2 (2013)
|11||1||Louis C.K. & Bob Newhart||February 11, 2013|
|12||2||Judd Apatow & Tina Fey||February 18, 2013|
|13||3||Drew Carey & Martin Mull||February 25, 2013|
|14||4||Steve Martin & Lily Tomlin||March 4, 2013|
|15||5||Jim Carrey & Keenen Ivory Wayans||March 11, 2013|
|16||6||Will Ferrell & Betty White||March 18, 2013|
|17||7||Susie Essman & Carol Burnett||March 25, 2013|
|18||8||Ben Stiller & Mike Myers||April 1, 2013|
|19||9||Robert Klein & Bill Maher||April 8, 2013|
|20||10||Robert Schimmel||April 15, 2013|
Season 3 (2014)
A 10-episode third season of Inside Comedy will premiere on February 2, 2014. Upcoming guests include Alan Arkin, Richard Belzer, Jimmy Fallon, Zach Galifianakis, Jonah Hill, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bette Midler, and Dick Van Dyke.
Steinberg has also filmed interviews with Stephen Fry, Bonnie Hunt, Keegan-Michael Key, David Koechner, Richard Lewis, Jon Lovitz, Larry Miller, Kathy Najimy, Kevin Pollak, Paula Poundstone, Bob Saget, and Tommy Smothers.
The show's first season garnered generally positive reviews from critics. Nancy deWolf Smith of The Wall Street Journal praised Steinberg for his interviewing: "He does not focus on himself but is exquisitely tuned in to his subjects, many of whom he knows well. This seems to have relaxed some of his guests to the point where they appear more natural, and less switched on—as entertaining as that can be—than they are with other interviewers." Eric Gould of The Phoenix commented that "Steinberg's sly, understated style gave us a brilliant glimpse into comedy minds put on the spot, and artists at the top of the heap."
Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times applauded the editing exhibited in the show's premiere episode: "Mr. Seinfeld and Mr. Rickles are interviewed separately, and what makes the episode so satisfying is the way their interviews are spliced together and enhanced with clips."
At the outset of the show's second season, Don Steinberg of The Wall Street Journal commended the host's talent for interviewing: "Mr. Steinberg has an easy rapport with subjects. He stays out of their way as they jump to the good stuff, the things you imagine comedy people talk to other comedy people about."
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