When Stand-Up Humor Collides with YouTube Podcast Culture: Inside the Schulz-NELK Standoff
Date Posted:July 19, 2023
Andrew Schulz, known for his candid humor and rapid-fire wit, has been making waves in the stand-up comedy scene since his early days in New York. Starting his career in comedy clubs, he steadily built a name for himself, often leveraging the power of YouTube to showcase his talent. His unfiltered, comedic insights often led him into hot waters but ultimately solidified his place in live comedy.
Schulz garnered significant attention in 2020 with his Netflix comedy special, "Schulz Saves America." His thought-provoking humor coupled with his unabashedly honest perspective earned him rave reviews, catapulting him further into the mainstream comedy scene. Schulz continued to build on this success with his latest Netflix special, "Infamous," which he aimed to promote during a guest appearance on NELK's podcast, "Full Send."
Schulz is also a known figure in podcasting, co-hosting the podcast "Flagrant" with comedian Akaash Singh and sports analyst Kaz. The podcast, known for its 'no-holds-barred' approach to current events and culture, reflects Schulz's uncompromising comedic style.
The Andrew Schulz and NELK Drama
The world of stand-up comedy was recently thrown into a stir after a controversy involving Andrew Schulz's guest appearance on NELK's YouTube podcast "Full Send." With over 2 million subscribers on YouTube, "Full Send" offers a substantial platform for influencers and celebrities alike. This made it an ideal stop for Schulz to promote his new special, "Infamous."
However, what transpired between Schulz and co-host Steiny led to the episode being shelved indefinitely. According to John Shahidi of Happy Dad, it was Steiny who opposed airing the episode after a heated verbal exchange with Schulz. However, there's a claim suggesting that Schulz was the one requesting the episode's cut. It seems the fun-loving, edgy humor of NELK met a conflicting energy with the stand-up comic's ball-busting humor.
This incident resonates with an earlier occurrence where stand-up comedian Bobby Lee's appearance on another massive YouTube podcast, "ImPaulsive," ended in a co-host walking off due to jokes made at their expense. It raises questions about the clash between the comedic styles of traditional stand-up comics and the humor found on large-scale YouTube podcasts.
Despite the drama, it appears a potential resolution might be underway with Schulz and Kyle Forgeard, host of "NELK," reportedly discussing a do-over of the podcast episode. However, Steiny's condition for Schulz to maintain his confrontational comedic style indicates that there might still be some tension lingering.
New Additions to YMH Studios
While the stand-up comedy world navigates this controversy, YMH Studios, led by comedian Tom Segura, announced the addition of another podcast, "Not Today Pal," to their lineup. This comes a month after launching "First Date with Lauren Compton," which has already drawn an average of 320,000 views through its initial four episodes.
The "Not Today Pal" podcast will feature former "The Sopranos" co-stars Jamie Lynn Sigler and Rob Iler, known for their hilarious interplay. With this addition, YMH Studios continues its push to offer diverse, quality content to comedy podcast enthusiasts.
As the landscape of comedy evolves, the integration of stand-up comedians with new-age digital platforms continues to present interesting dynamics. Whether it's Andrew Schulz's spat with NELK's "Full Send" podcast or the steady growth of YMH Studios' podcast lineup, the comedy world offers its fans endless entertainment and a fair share of drama. It goes to show that regardless of the platform, whether it's live comedy shows, Netflix comedy specials, or comedy podcasts, the essence of comedy persists in its unpredictability and ability to captivate audiences. And the fans, of course, are always ready for the next comedic gem or a ticket to a live comedy show.
Rolling Credits: Who appeared on comedy podcasts this week?
Some of the clips used in this video are from these comedy podcasts:
Hey Babe hosted by Chris Distefano with guest Dr. Drew
You Know What Dude hosted by Robert Kelly with guests Roy Wood Jr. and Keith Robinson
New(-ish) stand-up comedy specials out recently include:
Sledgehammer by Tom Segura on Netflix
Reality Check by Kevin Hart on Peacock
Woke Up America by Rob Schneider
Alive and Well by Mark Ellis on YouTube
The Only Funny White Man by Geoffrey Asmus on YouTube
Soup to Nuts by Mark Normand is coming out on July 25th on Netflix
Shane Gillis has begun filming his new special to be released at a later date