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How Stand-Up Got Its Name: Comedy’s Mobbed Up History

How Stand-Up Got Its Name: Comedy’s Mobbed Up History

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Dec. 10 2015 5:48 PM

How Stand-Up Got Its Name

Historian Kliph Nesteroff covers 100 years of comedy history.

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A journey through comedy history.

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Listen to Episode 395 of Slate’s The Gist:

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On The Gist, historian Kliph Nesteroff shares a few favorite tales from comedy’s mobster past. He’s the author of The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy. For the Spiel, the ordinary American focus group participant.

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