While people keep watching and posting Richard Pryor’s ubiquitous Live on the Sunset Strip on their Facebook wall, the time has now come to take a deeper look into the history of stand-up comedy. Hulu has just added 52 episodes of A&E’s An Evening at the Improv to its roster of anytime-online programming.
If you’re not familiar of the latter-day show, because, say, you got into comedy via podcasts or some other newer social vehicle, here’s the deal. Throughout what is commonly referred to as the “stand-up boom” or the “golden age of stand-up” in the 80’s the Arts & Entertainment network produced a showcase series of stand-up comedy featuring up and coming comedians; it was called Evening at the Improv. Some of comics featured are some of today’s biggest names. We’re talking folks like Kevin Pollak (pictured above) Bill Maher and Jeff Foxworthy. The show made it through almost an entire decade and is now available for the burgeoning world of comedy nerd-om and nostalgic comedy fans everywhere.
Check out a clip of Pollak below!