Never Not Funny

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Never Not Funny
Hosted by Jimmy Pardo
Matt Belknap
Genre Comedy
Language English
Updates Wednesdays (free episode) and Sundays (Primo episodes)
Length Approx. 1½ Hours
Camera Eliot Hochberg
Production Matt Belknap
Video format MP4
Audio format MP3
Debut April 4, 2006

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.


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 guest 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.


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 changed the venue to the Acme Comedy Theater and went 12 hours instead of 9 to give even more of a telethon vibe (and raise more money). At the end of the night at 6 am, they raised $27,000. 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. Guests included Amy Poehler, Lisa Loeb, Walter Koenig and Adam Carolla. By the end of the event, 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.

Pardcast-A-Thon 2014 was just as successful as the previous year, if not more. With Federman as the house band again, Jimmy and the gang raised a record $156,000 over the night. Guests included Weird Al Yankovic, Jack McBrayer, Paul Dooley, Fred Willard, Billy Eichner, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman and more.

Jimmy and Matt stated in a Season 16 episode that The 7th Annual Pardcast-A-Thon will not take place on Black Friday 2015, due to scheduling conflicts in the past. The 7th annual Pardcast-A-Thon will take place on March 5, 2016.


  • 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, 1520
Adam Pally 1702
Adam Scott 808, 1402, PCAT14
Aimee Mann PCAT10
Aisha Tyler 919
Al Jackson 1318, 14V, 1715
Al Madrigal 701, 902
Alison Rosen 1606
Allan Havey 806, PCAT14
Amy Poehler PCAT11
Andrew Daly 302, 421, 624, 805, 1201, 1405, 1602, 1625
Andy Kindler 220, 703, 913, 1125
Andy Peters 15P
Andy Richter 410, 622, PCAT10, 821, PCAT11, PCAT13
Anthony Jeselnik 1619
Anthony Rapp 1621
April Richardson 14M, 15O, 16Y
Ben Gleib 1506
Ben Schwartz 1309, 1502, PCAT14
Bil Dwyer 148, 317, 422, 601, PCAT11, 1011, 15A
Billy Eichner 1510, PCAT14
Bob Odenkirk PCAT13
Bob Saget PCAT12, 1418
Bob Zany 1208
Brendon Walsh 17K
Brian Scolaro 15Y
Brody Stevens PCAT09
Brooks Wheelan 15E
Budd Friedman PCAT13
Carolyn Hennesy PCAT13
Cathy Ladman 236, 416, 17A
CeCe Pleasants 17B
Chip Pope 17C
Chris Fairbanks 228, 406, 510, 625, 1007, 1213, 14W, PCAT14
Chris Hardwick 224, 310, 502, PCAT09, 1324, PCAT14
Chris Mancini 14D
Christian Finnegan BRIDGETOWN, 1225
Christy Stratton 1713
Colin Hay PCAT12
Conan O'Brien 608, 811, PCAT12, PCAT14
Costaki Economopoulos 1122
Craig Bierko 802, 1013, 1404
Cristela Alonzo 1617
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, PODFEST14, PCAT14, 16H, 17O
Dave Anthony 901, 1111
Dave Attell 1415
Dave Hill 16S
Dave Holmes 222, 225, 233, 301, 314, 401, 414, 512, 617, 726, PCAT10, PCAT11, 1002, 1113, PCAT12, 1317, PCAT13, 14A, 15K, PCAT14, 15Z, 1618
David Huntsberger 15D
David Koechner SKETCHFEST11
David & Leeman PCAT14
David Park 16B
Doug Benson 232, 305, 407, 516, PCAT10, 1023, PCAT12, PCAT13, 1511, PCAT14
Dwayne Perkins 1012
Ed Crasnick 917
Eddie Pepitone 1508
Eddie Trunk 816
Eli Braden PCAT11
Eliza Skinner 1705
Ellis Paul 810, ATLANTA, 1513, PCAT14
Erin Foley 1518, 16N
Florence Henderson SKETCHFEST12
Fred Stoller 1219, 14R
Fred Willard PCAT14
Garry Meier CHICAGO
Gary Brightwell 15N
Gary Gulman 1009, 1512
Gary Lucy 923, 14Q
Graham Elwood 116, 203, 207, 237, 319, 418, 521, 616, PCAT10, 814, PCAT11, 1101, 1311, PCAT14, 1605
Greg Behrendt 318, 603, PCAT09, 702, BUMBERSHOOT, PCAT10, 825, PCAT11, PCAT12, 1202, PCAT13, 1409, PCAT14, 16T
Greg Fitzsimmons 505, 1116
Greg Proops 709, 1315
Greg Warren 15M
Guy Branum 1610
Harland Williams 1001, 1207
Horatio Sanz 1711
Howard Kremer 1218
Hugh Fink 1021, PCAT12
J. Keith van Straaten 16R
Jack McBrayer PCAT13
Jack Wagner PCAT13
Jackie Kashian 718, 15G
Jake Johannsen 1316
James Urbaniak 1701
Jamie Denbo 17J
Janet Varney 419, 506, VANCOUVER, PCAT09, 708, 824, PCAT11, 1019, 1314, PCAT13, 1614
Jason Mantzoukas 1517
Jason Nash 14U, 1611
Jason Pardo 16M
Jason Thompson 1503, PCAT14
Jen Kirkman 409, 515, 622, PCAT10, 807, PCAT12, 1301, 1603
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, 15R
Joe DeRosa 1507
Joe Lo Truglio 618, 823, PCAT11, 1401, 16F
Joe Wagner 16K
Joel Stein 1220, PCAT13
John Butler 16G
John Heffron 221
John Mulaney 1114
John Ross Bowie 916, PCAT11, 1211, 1403, 14N, PCAT14, 1524, 1703
Jon Dore 1205
Jon Hamm 403, SKETCHFEST09, PCAT09, 721, 820, PCAT11, PCAT12, 1320, PCAT13, PCAT14, 1525, 1708
Jonah Ray 1105
Jonathan Katz 1123
Jordan Brady 15F
Jordan Morris PCAT09, 613, 16W
Josh Comers 1307
Josh Gondelman 17F
Judy Gold 1303
Julian McCullough 1112, 17L
Karen Kilgariff 14S, 1716
Kate Flannery 1609
Kathleen Wilhoite PCAT14
Keith and The Girl 1109, 15H
Keith Stubbs 1215
Ken Marino 909
Kevin Bigley 1607
Kevin Meaney NYC
Kevin Nealon PCAT12, PCAT14
Kevin Pereira 1008
Kevin Pollak 716, PCAT10, PCAT12
Kira Soltanovich 15I, 15X
Kulap Vilaysack 1505, 16E
Kumail Nanjiani 1312, 1616
Laraine Newman PCAT12
Larry Miller 1704
Laura House 1118, 14G
Lauren Ash 1410, PCAT14, 1622
Lauren Lapkus 1615
Laurie Kilmartin 621, 818, 1412, 15C
Lennon Parham 1419
Lenny Schmidt 17I
Lisa Loeb PCAT11
Marc Maron 610
Maria Bamford 208, 234, 401, MAXFUN09, 526, PCAT09, 907, 1121, 1501
Mark Volman 517
Matt Besser 622, 1514
Matt Braunger 513, 719, 1103, 1408, PCAT14
Matt Gourley 15J, 16I
Matt Mira 17D
Matt Price 14X
Matt Walsh 313, 415, 518, 1015, 1216, PCAT13, 1411, 1608, 1714
Matt Weinhold 16C
Micah Sherman 1310
Michael Koman 1010
Michael Kosta 17G
Mike Henry 15V
Mike Schmidt 623, 722, PCAT10, 925, 1018, PCAT12, 1222, PCAT13, 14C, PCAT14, 16F
Mike Siegel 124, 212, 235, 322, 420, 614, 1005, PCAT12, 1224, 14K, 16Q
Mike Sweeney 713, 1110
Mike Toomey CHICAGO
Mo Mandel 15S
Moshe Kasher 921, 1017
Murray Valeriano 15B
Myq Kaplan 915, 1115, 14P
Neil Campbell PCAT14
Neil Garguilo 16B
Nick Kroll 1519
Nikki Glaser 1620
Oscar Nunez PCAT09, 1304, 15L
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, 14Z, 1515, 15U, 16F, 16O, 1707
Patton Oswalt 321, 812, 1313, PCAT13, PCAT14
Paul Brittain 16V
Paul Dooley PCAT14
Paul F. Tompkins 128, 202, 214, 231, 309, 326, 426, 602, 715, PCAT10, 926, PCAT12, 1302, PCAT13, 1407, PCAT14, 1521, 1706
Paul Gilmartin 104, 120, 204, 223, 239, 324, 424, 524, PCAT09, PCAT10, 822, PCAT11, PCAT12, PCAT13, 14T, PCAT14, 17E
Paul Goebel 130
Paul Provenza 1523
Paul Reiser 1119
Paul Rust 615, PCAT10
Paul Scheer 1516
Pete Holmes 803, 1326, 1509
Pete Schwaba 152, 209, 216
Phil Hendrie 1107, PCAT13, PCAT14
Phil Rosenthal 1709
Rachel Dratch NYC
Rachel Quaintance 417, 525, PCAT09, 620, 801, PCAT10, PCAT11, 1024, 1210, 1323, 14B, PCAT14, 16A, 17N
Rebecca Corry 905, PCAT11
Regan Burns 1204
Rich Sommer PCAT09, 612, PCAT10, 815, PCAT11, PCAT12, 1209, PODFEST13, PCAT13, 1406, 14O, PCAT14, 15T, 1601, 16F, 16U
Richard Lewis 1117
Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg PCAT10
RJ Thieneman 14L
Rob Corddry 312, 402, PCAT10, 1120, PCAT12, 1504
Russ McGarry 903, 17H
Samm Levine 520, 1020, PCAT12
Sarah Colonna 1604
Sarah Silverman 706, PCAT10, PCAT12, PCAT14
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, PCAT14, 1522, 1623
Scott Gimple PCAT14
Scott Thompson 720
Sean Cullen 819, TORONTO
Seth Morris 1321
Shane Mauss 16L
Simon Helberg PCAT12
Sinbad 1421
The Sklar Brothers 210, 218, 509, 1425
Stefanie Wilder-Taylor 14J
Steve Agee PCAT10, 1206
Steve Almond 705
Super Dave Osborne PCAT13
Susannah Schaefer 16Z
Tami Sagher PCAT10, 1106
Tig Notaro 1004, 1416, PCAT14
Timothy Simons 1613
T.J. Miller 1612
Todd Barry 1710
Todd Glass 136, 306, 405, 511, 611, 809, 908, 1025, 1322, SKETCHFEST14, 1420, 16J
Todd Levin 606, PCAT09, 717, PCAT10, PCAT11, 1104, PCAT12, PCAT13, 1423, PCAT14, 16D, 1624
Todd Van Allen TORONTO
Tom Arnold 1016
Tom Dreesen PCAT10
Tom Snyder 1123
Tom Wilson 911
Tommy Johnagin 1102, 1305
Tony Thaxton PCAT13, PCAT14
Ty Burrell 712, 914
Vance Gilbert 1422
Walter Koenig PCAT11
Wayne Federman 918, PCAT11, 1212, PCAT13, PCAT14, 15W, 1712
"Weird Al" Yankovic 1424, PCAT14
Wendi McLendon-Covey PCAT14
Wendy Liebman 1203
Wil Anderson 904
Will Forte 813
Wink Martindale PCAT14
Zac Brooks AUSTIN
Zach Galifianakis PCAT12, PCAT13, PCAT14


  1. ^ "Never Not Funny". 2013-11-29. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Stand Up Comedy & Funny Videos on Rooftop Comedy". 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2014-02-05. 
  4. ^ "". 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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