The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail
What differentiates The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail from every other Comedy Central stand-up show? Well, this takes place in the back of a comic book store. It’s a real comic book store. They REALLY want you to know that. I don’t think that’s been done before. Here’s to small victories!
While the comic book store setting gives the show a looser feel than the theater gig stand-up shows, it still kind of looks like a comedy club, and it isn’t as loose as a backyard at a house party would probably feel. Despite that, something magic happens during episodes of The Meltdown: unorthodox comedic sets are performed. Moshe Kasher did a mime bit where a planted audience member narrated, Nick Offerman sang a very funny song about handkerchiefs, James Adomian did a set as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Jon Daly pretended to be Ryan Gosling, and they even just had a straight up magician in Justin Willman on. What you’d probably refer to as standard comedy sets are also performed and they are very good.
If you’re not a huge fan of a particular performer or their performance it shouldn’t be a big deal. There’s four performers in every episode and the run time is only 22 minutes. They’re packing stuff in. John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show used to have four comedians, but that show had a 44 minute run time, The Meltdown is showcasing as much talent in half the time. And hey, as long as it doesn’t piss off one of their friends to have what seems to be a cropped set show up on screen than they’ve found a winning formula. This plays to our ADD viewing culture quite well.The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail airs Wednesday nights (technically Thursday morning) at 12:30 on Comedy Central. There’s a new episode tonight! Watch it!