What's New is only on its second installment and it's already finding strong footing. If you missed the first edition, you can still listen to the podcast. The idea is that the live show consists of 3 comedians doing new material, followed by a headliner doing whatever set he wants while the 3 comedians and host Christian Spicer record the second half of the podcast, discussing their sets. (The live audience doesn't get the full experience until they download it, but they get the bonus headliner who isn't included in the broadcast)
The audience this time out was a little fuller and just as open as round one was to supporting Nick Youssef, Mo Mandel and Adam Ray as they worked on new stuff. All the comedians loved it and were glad to have the environment where they were both forced to do new material and the audience was expecting it. The crowd was just as happy, once again proving NerdMelt audiences are just great.
My favorite set of the bunch came from Nick, with a bit he just started toying with about fashion. The premise is that the 2000s don't have their own unique style because hipsters appropriated every other decade and the it culminates with the idea that once we get through recycling the 90's, that's when they'll pull out those futuristic spacesuit onsies you see in old scifi movies. It's a great bit coming from Nick. In someone's else's set, it might be kind of fluffy observational stuff, but Nick is the most self-aware hipster I know and cares deeply about style and appearance, so it's real and important to him so it connects.
I really dig this monthly and I'm looking forward to/dreading when it becomes so popular it's packed to overflowing.