Many TV shows have tried to capture the magic of live stand-up comedy. I’ve really liked shows that have tried in the past (especially John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show), but few have been anywhere near as entertaining as The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail has been over its first two seasons.
Filmed in the Nerdmelt Showroom in the back of Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail is a half-hour show that’s chock-full of my favorite stand-up comedians performing on a stage in a tiny, crowded room. Hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray, The Meltdown is a showcase of the crazy level of stand-up talent on the LA scene today.
Where this show really shines, though, is backstage; the show is produced by Kumail’s wife, Emily V. Gordon, and you get to see all the hard work she does to make this ship sail smoothly. But you also get to see comedians just hanging out, joking around with one another, and getting ready for their sets. I’m sure it’s at least a little staged, but it’s a new look at stand-up comedy that hasn’t really been shown on TV. And it’s the best.
Individual quality of episodes The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail varies slightly, depending on who’s performing. But every episode has a whole lot of funny in it, and you really can’t go wrong with any episode you see. This show is the most enjoyable stand-up showcase on TV today, and one well worth your time.