Jimmy Pardo's one of my favorite standup comics in the world - no one's more in the moment on stage than Jimmy. Seeing him run a show is a pleasure like few others. For this reason, he's always been hesitant to record a CD, because it might not capture the magic. I think this one does.

Jimmy’s obsessed with the idea of being “a gentleman” in “a hard shoe,” and he named his record Sprezzatura, so I thought I’d share it here. In this track, he’s discussing a trip to the movies with a friend named Jeff.

You can grab the whole CD for $8.99 on Amazon now. If you’re not convinced yet, you can also check out his podcast, Never Not Funny, which just made the switch to free from premium and has been nestled at the top of the iTunes comedy charts.

Last night I had the chance to be part of a wonderful event put on by my friends at the great comedy show Never Not Funny.  They podcast for 12 straight hours, and raised over $25,000 for Smile Train, which offers cleft palate surgeries to kids in the third world.  You can still give, and you should.  In a few days, you’ll also be able to download the show for a modest price, all of which will go to Smile Train.
Above: a photo by my friend Steve Agee.  From left to right: comedy legend Tom Dreesen, comedy legend Sarah Silverman, marginal public radio host Jesse Thorn.  You can check out a few more of Steve’s shots here.

Last night I had the chance to be part of a wonderful event put on by my friends at the great comedy show Never Not Funny.  They podcast for 12 straight hours, and raised over $25,000 for Smile Train, which offers cleft palate surgeries to kids in the third world.  You can still give, and you should.  In a few days, you’ll also be able to download the show for a modest price, all of which will go to Smile Train.

Above: a photo by my friend Steve Agee.  From left to right: comedy legend Tom Dreesen, comedy legend Sarah Silverman, marginal public radio host Jesse Thorn.  You can check out a few more of Steve’s shots here.

The very funny comic Greg Proops is the guest on this week’s episode of one of my favorite podcasts, Never Not Funny.  Greg always wears a suit on stage, and so does Jimmy Pardo, the host of the show.  In this six or eight minute clip from the show, they get deep into why they wear a suit on stage.  You haven’t seen episode three of Put This On yet, of course, but when you do, the resonances will be clear.

All I Want For Christmas: Jimmy Pardo

In our continuing series All I Want For Christmas, we ask me we like what they’d like to get as a gift.

More than just a comedian, Jimmy Pardo is a gentleman.  No comic has ever staked more of his reputation on the wearing of “a nice pant” and “a hard shoe.”  He spends his days working for The Tonight Show (in a suit, folks) and his nights and weekends as the host of the hilarious podcast Never Not Funny.  In fact, Never Not Funny is hosting a live 9-hour podcast marathon tonight (Friday), starting at 9PM pacific.  They’ll be raising money to repair cleft palates in the third world, so be sure to tune in and donate.  But what does the gentleman’s gentleman want for Christmas?

"Ever since George Michael sang ‘a white cool cat in a trilby hat’ in Wham Rap! (Enjoy What You Do), I’ve wanted one. The only problem? I look horrible in hats. Maybe this one will cure my ills.”

Vintage Trilby, $54 from A&J Esoterica