Required Viewing: The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail

Making it’s debut tonight after a special Meltdown edition of @Midnight on Comedy Central is the brand new comedy series The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail.  Shot at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, this new weekly series is hosted by Jonah Ray (Jonah Raydio, The Nerdist podcasts) and Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley).

The first episode features stand-up performances from Steve Agee, David Koechner, Neal Brennan and Moshe Kasher, with Jonah and Kumail serving as your comedy masters of ceremony (MC Jonah and MC Kumail, may I suggest?).


David Koechner

I got to see this show early, since it debuted online a few weeks ago, and it’s definitely a lot of fun.  In between the standup performances, there is plenty of backstage banter as well, giving us a behind-the-scenes look at the comics when they aren’t onstage.

My only complaint about the show is that each episode is only 30 minutes long, but it’s really not that bad because you basically get to hear the best jokes and material in each comedian’s set. According to the Meltdown website, future episodes will feature appearances by the likes of Jim Gaffigan, Maria Bamford, Marc Maron, T.J. Miller, Pete Holmes, Rory Scovel, Nick Offerman, “Weird Al” Yankovic and more.

The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail airs on Comedy Central, Wednesday nights (early Thursday morning) at 12:30 a.m. EST.