The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail: A live comedy showcase and TV series origin story

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail is a live stand-up comedy showcase that happens Wednesday nights in the back of a comic book store on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard.

It’s also, as of next Wednesday (July 23, 2014), going to be broadcast on Comedy Central.

To see how Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani, producer Emily V. Gordon, store owner Gaston Dominguez-Letelier, producer Mike Rosenstein and others turned it into a thing worth sharing on TV, watch this mini documentary that’s all about just that! It also features snippets from many of the comedians who participated in the first season, including Nick Offerman, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Ian Black, Marc Maron, Ron Funches, Neal Brennan, Natasha Leggero, Maria Bamford, Rory Scovel, Kyle Kinane, T.J. Miller, Moshe Kasher, John Hodgman, Emily Heller, Weird Al Yankovic and more.

If you have access to the Internet and/or the great Comedy Central app, then you can watch the first full episode of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail already! Either way, you should watch this mini-doc. It’s great in explaining how a comedy community comes together to create a fun, shared space, and then ensures that’s translated to TV.

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Sean L. McCarthy

Editor and publisher since 2007, when he was named New York's Funniest Reporter. Former newspaper reporter at the New York Daily News, Boston Herald and smaller dailies and community papers across America. Loves comedy so much he founded this site.

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