This Showtime series is so good it’s unreal. Simple premise: a few comics chat half an hour about comedy. I’ve never seen a single minute of it that wasn’t great though. I think a big part of it’s the execution. The guests are seated in a semi-circle facing each other, not the audience. There’s a “host,” but he’s more of a participant – he doesn’t interview them, nor is it a panel discussion. They’re all intelligent and speak intelligently – there’s no playing to a crowd whatsoever – but it never gets heavy. It’s 20% Q&A, 30% stories, and 50% them ripping on each other. It’s what late-night talk shows should be.
This link (while it lasts) is season 2 ep 1, with among others Gary Shandling, Ray Romano, and Bo Burnham.
I’m working my way through Season 1 atm. The first episode was awesome. The second one’s making me laugh so hard it physically hurts.