Never Not Funny

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Never Not Funny
Presentation
Hosting Jimmy Pardo
Matt Belknap
Genre Comedy
Language English
Updates Wednesdays
Length Approx. 1½ Hours
Production
Camera Eliot Hochberg
Production Matt Belknap
Video format MP4
Audio format MP3
Publication
Debut April 4, 2006
Website http://www.pardcast.com

Never Not Funny is a weekly podcast hosted by comedian Jimmy Pardo since Spring 2006. He and producer/co-host Matt Belknap have appeared in every episode. Former co-host Mike Schmidt appeared for all of season one, except for episode 60 when his departure was announced.

The show moved to a pay format in March 2008, with the first twenty minutes of each show remaining available to non-paying subscribers. It subsequently returned to free distribution when it joined the Earwolf network in January 2014, with a premium subscription available for access to video and weekly bonus episodes. Episodes from past seasons are also commercially available.[1]

Show format[edit]

The show is of the comedy talk variety, consisting of free-form conversation between Jimmy Pardo, Matt Belknap and a third, weekly-changing guest. Topics discussed range from music and popular culture to personal lives and amusing or interesting anecdotes. Starting with season three, the last 5–20 minutes were dedicated to a listener-submitted "Stupid Question Of The Week." The segment has since been retired. At the beginning of season five, a new segment called "Judge Jimmy" was introduced, in which the cast settled a listener-submitted dispute with Pardo as judge and Belknap and the guest as the attorneys.

Until the end of the third season, the show was recorded in a single take without any editing. After the Chino, CA earthquake in August 2008 forced the show to stop briefly (originally so Jimmy, Matt and guest Patton Oswalt could check on family members) the podcast has had one small break per episode.

History[edit]

Never Not Funny began when Matt Belknap interviewed Pardo on the podcast for his popular alternative comedy forum A Special Thing. The two had previously discussed producing a podcast version of Jimmy's Los Angeles show "Running Your Trap," which he hosted at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, but they hit it off so well on AST Radio that Pardo said "This is the show."

The first episode featured Pardo, Belknap, and guest Mike Schmidt. Pat Francis was scheduled for episode 2, but when he was unavailable, Schmidt (usually referred to by Pardo as "The Former Third Baseman" after the similarly named baseball player) became the permanent co-host. This arrangement continued for the first season. Every fourth episode would feature a such as Pat Francis, Scott Aukerman or Graham Elwood. Midway through the first season, the theme song was changed from a brief portion of an unnamed instrumental song by Jimmy's close friend Daver to "Mad At The World" by Daver, with sound bites from previous episodes mixed into the song. This three-man setup lasted for sixty episodes, including a clip show and two live shows recorded at the UCB Theatre. The show went through little change throughout the first season until episode sixty, when Jimmy announced that his relationship with Mike Schmidt had become strained through the years and that they had decided to go their separate ways; Schmidt left the show in an attempt to reconcile their friendship. (Show notes for episode 60.) Mike explained the situation on May 25, 2007, on his website.[2] In March 2008, Mike started his own solo podcast named The 40 Year Old Boy. At the end of season six, Schmidt made his first return to the podcast, this time as a guest, when Pardo decided, "Life's too short." (Show notes for Episode 623 with Mike Schmidt.)

Following Schmidt's departure, the show began its second season. Instead of the former three-man lineup, Pardo and Belknap appeared as the only regulars, along with a rotating guest every episode. Pat Francis was the guest for the first episode of the second season, which began the tradition of Francis being the "third chair" and appearing on every fourth episode. It was in the second season that the show received its first sponsorship, lasting only a few weeks. On episode 39 of the second season, it was announced that the show would move to a pay format beginning with season three. Listeners would have to pay to continue receiving the complete podcast, although the first twenty minutes of each episode would still be available for free. The subscription price was set to $19.99 for 26 episodes. They also hired Pardo's brother-in-law Andrew Koenig to record video of the show. Only 5 minute clips of the show were available on video during season three, which were hosted on Koenig's site Monkey Go Lucky, but beginning with season four, full video of the show became available for $24.99.

Midway through season six tragedy struck when Andrew Koenig died. An episode was released in remembrance, highlighting some of Koenig's best moments throughout his time on the show, and Pardo has since memorialized Koenig at the close of every episode with the parting words, "AK-47, gone, not forgotten." Andrew's close friend Eliot Hochberg, who had been providing the video equipment, assumed his role as videographer. Shortly afterwards they hired an intern, Dan Katz, aka "Tabasco Ears." Katz left the show at the beginning of season 11 and was replaced by Pop Culture Beast editor Garon Cockrell, aka "The Beast," shortly after.

On episode 1325, it was announced that at the beginning of season 14, Never Not Funny would change to a free show in audio format. Plus, Never Not Funny would also join the Earwolf podcast network, co-owned by Scott Aukerman (who was the guest on the episode and one of the only guests to appear in every season). Full audio would be available on Earwolf, iTunes and NNF's feed, while video of the episodes were part of the new "Players Club" package for Primo subscribers. Subscribers of the Players Club would also get an additional weekly episode (audio and video), plus bonus material such as live shows.

The show just started its fourteenth season.

Pardcast-A-Thon[edit]

A mini episode was released at the beginning of season six that announced Never Not Funny would be doing a live, streaming podcast on their website to raise money in benefit of Smile Train. The first annual Pardcast-A-Thon took place on Black Friday 2009. Pardo, Belknap and Francis welcomed guests such as Chris Hardwick, Jon Hamm and Rich Sommer from Mad Men and Oscar Nunez. By the end of the night, they raised over $12,000.

The next year at Pardcast-A-Thon 2010, they went 12 hours instead of 9 to give even more of a telethon vibe (and raise more money) and raised $27,000 by 6 am. Guests included Rob Corddry, Sarah Silverman, Aimee Mann and Andy Richter.

For Pardcast-A-Thon 2011, the set up was the same as the previous year running 6 pm to 6 am PST at the Acme Theater. Guests included Amy Poehler, Lisa Loeb, Walter Koenig and Adam Carolla. The amount of money raised was almost double the previous year's total with $41,000.

Pardcast-A-Thon 2012 was expected to the biggest to date with a goal of $50,000 by the end of the night. The hours were changed to 12 pm to 12 am PST so people on the East Coast could stay up later and donate more. Guests included Bob Saget, Conan O'Brien, Simon Helberg, Kevin Nealon, Colin Hay and Zach Galifianakis. The goal of $50,000 was not only raised after 13.5 hours, but midway through an anonymous donor said they would match the end total, making the grand total over $100,000.

The 5th Annual Pardcast-A-Thon went by with flying colors with the guys raising over $130,000 (half of that thanks to the anonymous donor again) by the end of the night. Wayne Federman sat in for the whole event playing music on keyboard. Guests included Patton Oswalt, Jack Wagner, Phil Hendrie, Zach Galifianakis, Bob Odenkirk and Andy Richter.

Awards[edit]

  • Never Not Funny was the winner a 2008 Rooftop Comedy Award for best Comedy podcast.[3]
  • Never Not Funny was nominated for a 2007 Podcast Award in the Comedy category.[4]
  • Never Not Funny was nominated for a 2006 Weblog Award.[5]
  • Never Not Funny was made one of iTunes' "Best in 2006" and "Best in 2007" podcasts.

List of guests[edit]

Guest Episode #
Aaron Bleyaert 14L
Adam Carolla 507, PCAT11
Adam Ferrara 1108, 1413
Adam Scott 808, 1402
Aimee Mann PCAT10
Aisha Tyler 919
Al Jackson 1318, 14V
Al Madrigal 701, 902
Allan Havey 806
Amy Poehler PCAT11
Andrew Daly 302, 421, 624, 805, 1201, 1405
Andy Kindler 220, 703, 913, 1125
Andy Richter 410, 622, PCAT10, 821, PCAT11, PCAT13
April Richardson 14M
Ben Schwartz 1309
Bil Dwyer 148, 317, 422, 601, PCAT11, 1011
Bob Odenkirk PCAT13
Bob Saget PCAT12, 1418
Bob Zany 1208
Brody Stevens PCAT09
Budd Friedman PCAT13
Carolyn Hennesy PCAT13
Cathy Ladman 236, 416
Chick McGee BLOOMINGTON12
Chris Fairbanks 228, 406, 510, 625, 1007, 1213
Chris Hardwick 224, 310, 502, PCAT09, 1324
Chris Mancini 14D
Christian Finnegan BRIDGETOWN, 1225
Colin Hay PCAT12
Conan O'Brien 608, 811, PCAT12
Costaki Economopoulos 1122
Craig Bierko 802, 1013, 1404
Damien Fahey 910
Dan Cronin 1221
Dan Katz 14H
Dan Kaufman PCAT09
Dana Gould 1006
Danielle Fishel PCAT10
Danielle Koenig 132, 155, 205, 211, 226, 230, 239, 308, 412, 425, 522, PCAT09, 725, PCAT10, 912, PCAT11, 1014, PCAT12, 1308, PCAT13, 14F
Dave Anthony 901, 1111
Dave Attell 1415
Dave Foley SKETCHFEST10
Dave Holmes 222, 225, 233, 301, 314, 401, 414, 512, 617, 726, PCAT10, PCAT11, 1002, 1113, PCAT12, 1317, PCAT13, 14A
David Koechner SKETCHFEST11
Doug Benson 232, 305, 407, 516, PCAT10, 1023, PCAT12, PCAT13
Dwayne Perkins 1012
Ed Crasnick 917
Eddie Trunk 816
Eli Braden PCAT11
Ellis Paul 810, ATLANTA
Florence Henderson SKETCHFEST12
Fred Stoller 1219, 14R
Garry Meier CHICAGO
Gary Gulman 1009
Gary Lucy 923, 14Q
Graham Elwood 116, 203, 207, 237, 319, 418, 521, 616, PCAT10, 814, PCAT11, 1101, 1311
Greg Behrendt 318, 603, PCAT09, 702, BUMBERSHOOT, PCAT10, 825, PCAT11, PCAT12, 1202, PCAT13, 1409
Greg Fitzsimmons 505, 1116
Greg Proops 709, 1315
Harland Williams 1001, 1207
Howard Kremer 1218
Hugh Fink 1021, PCAT12
Jack McBrayer PCAT13
Jack Wagner PCAT13
Jackie Kashian 718
Jake Johannsen 1316
Janet Varney 419, 506, VANCOUVER, PCAT09, 708, 824, PCAT11, 1019, 1314, PCAT13
Jason Nash 14U
Jen Kirkman 409, 515, 622, PCAT10, 807, PCAT12, 1301
Jesse Thorn 503, 607, 707, PCAT10, 920, PCAT11, 1217, PCAT13, 1417
Jessica St. Clair 1419
Jill Whelan PCAT13
Jimmy Dore 144, 220, 316, 423, 605, PCAT09, 711, 1003, 1319
Joe Lo Truglio 618, 823, PCAT11, 1401
Joel Stein 1220, PCAT13
John Heffron 221
John Mulaney 1114
John Ross Bowie 916, PCAT11, 1211, 1403, 14N
Jon Dore 1205
Jon Hamm 403, SKETCHFEST09, PCAT09, 721, 820, PCAT11, PCAT12, 1320, PCAT13
Jonah Ray 1105
Jonathan Katz 1123
Jordan Morris PCAT09, 613
Josh Comers 1307
Judy Gold 1303
Julian McCullough 1112
Karen Kilgariff 14S
Keith and The Girl 1109
Keith Stubbs 1215
Ken Marino 909
Kevin Meaney NYC
Kevin Nealon PCAT12
Kevin Pereira 1008
Kevin Pollak 716, PCAT10, PCAT12
Kumail Nanjiani 1312
Laraine Newman PCAT12
Laura House 1118, 14G
Lauren Ash 1410
Laurie Kilmartin 621, 818, 1412
Lennon Parham 1419
Lisa Loeb PCAT11
Marc Maron 610
Maria Bamford 208, 234, 401, MAXFUN09, 526, PCAT09, 907, 1121
Mark Volman 517
Matt Besser 622
Matt Braunger 513, 719, 1103, 1408
Matt Walsh 313, 415, 518, 1015, 1216, PCAT13, 1411
Micah Sherman 1310
Michael Koman 1010
Mike Schmidt 623, 722, PCAT10, 925, 1018, PCAT12, 1222, PCAT13, 14C
Mike Siegel 124, 212, 235, 322, 420, 614, 1005, PCAT12, 1224, 14K
Mike Sweeney 713, 1110
Mike Toomey CHICAGO
Moshe Kasher 921, 1017
Myq Kaplan 915, 1115, 14P
Oscar Nunez PCAT09, 1304
Pat Francis 108, 140, 201, 205, 209, 213, 215, 217, 220, 221, 229, 230, 236, 240, 303, 307, 311, 315, 320, 325, 404, 408, 413, 416, 420, 425, 504, 508, 514, 519, 523, 604, 609, 619, 622, 704, 710, 714, 723, 804, 817, 906, 922, 1018, 1026, 1124, 1214, 1306, 14E
Patton Oswalt 321, 812, 1313, PCAT13
Paul F. Tompkins 128, 202, 214, 231, 309, 326, 426, 602, 715, PCAT10, 926, PCAT12, 1302, PCAT13, 1407
Paul Gilmartin 104, 120, 204, 223, 239, 324, 424, 524, PCAT09, PCAT10, 822, PCAT11, PCAT12, PCAT13, 14T
Paul Goebel 130
Paul Reiser 1119
Paul Rust 615, PCAT10
Pete Holmes 803, 1326
Pete Schwaba 152, 209, 216
Phil Hendrie 1107, PCAT13
Rachel Dratch NYC
Rachel Quaintance 417, 525, PCAT09, 620, 801, PCAT10, PCAT11, 1024, 1210, 1323, 14B
Rebecca Corry 905, PCAT11
Regan Burns 1204
Rich Sommer PCAT09, 612, PCAT10, 815, PCAT11, PCAT12, 1209, PODFEST13, PCAT13, 1406, 14O
Richard Lewis 1117
Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg PCAT10
RJ Thieneman 14L
Rob Corddry 312, 402, PCAT10, 1120, PCAT12
Russ McGarry 903
Samm Levine 520, 1020, PCAT12
Sarah Silverman 706, PCAT10, PCAT12
Scott Aukerman 112, 130, 156, 206, 219, 227, 238, 304, 323, 411, 501, PCAT09, 626, 724, 826, 924, 1022, PCAT12, 1126, 1226, PCAT13, 1325, 1414
Scott Thompson 720
Sean Cullen 819
Seth Morris 1321
Simon Helberg PCAT12
Sinbad 1421
The Sklar Brothers 210, 218, 509
Stefanie Wilder-Taylor 14J
Steve Agee PCAT10, 1206
Steve Almond 705
Super Dave Osborne PCAT13
Tami Sagher PCAT10, 1106
Tig Notaro 1004, 1416
Todd Glass 136, 306, 405, 511, 611, 809, 908, 1025, 1322, SKETCHFEST14, 1420
Todd Levin 606, PCAT09, 717, PCAT10, PCAT11, 1104, PCAT12, PCAT13, 1423
Tom Arnold 1016
Tom Dreesen PCAT10
Tom Snyder 1123
Tom Wilson 911
Tommy Johnagin 1102, 1305
Ty Burrell 712, 914
Vance Gilbert 1422
Walter Koenig PCAT11
Wayne Federman 918, PCAT11, 1212, PCAT13
Wendy Liebman 1203
Wil Anderson 904
Will Forte 813
Zach Galifianakis PCAT12, PCAT13

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Never Not Funny". Pardcast.com. 2013-11-29. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Stand Up Comedy & Funny Videos on Rooftop Comedy". Rooftopcomedy.com. 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  4. ^ "PodCastAwards.com". PodCastAwards.com. 2014-01-17. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  5. ^ "Nominations - Best Podcast". The 2006 Weblog Awards. 2006-11-13. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 

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