Join comic tour guide Ritch Shydner on a funny and informative multi-media tour through the history of an original American art form, stand-up comedy. What do all the jokes and laughter say about America?
Hear stories of forgotten trailblazers, martyred iconoclasts, and familiar stars and discover how the simple act of one joker taking on a crowd became one of our most popular entertainments, and a cultural weather-vane.
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About Ritch Shydner: In the 1980’s he made numerous appearances on TV, including HBO and Showtime specials, Late Night with David Letterman, and The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. He played Al Bundy’s co-worker on Married with Children and made guest appearances on many other shows like Designing Women and Roseanne. Ritch wrote for sitcoms, was co-compiler of a Random House book of stand-up road stories, and in 2010 he produced and performed in an award-winning documentary on the world of stand-up comedy, I Am Comic.
Jerry Seinfeld says, “Ritch Shydner is a terrific comedy writer and definitely one of the good guys.”
Jeff Foxworthy says, "Ritch helped me write two albums, both of which were nominated for Grammys. I've always thought that he was one of the best stand-ups ever."
Bill Maher says, "Back in the day, in the dingy ratskellers in which we learned our craft, Ritch Shydner was always the comic the other comics came into the room to watch, because he was the funniest. That hasn’t changed, and I’m afraid neither have the ratskellers."