Best Unscripted Stand-Up Show (2012)

The Set List

Sometimes celebrities will eat it, hard. Sometimes complete unknowns will blow minds. Yet every single instance of Troy Conrad and Paul Provenza's The Set List allows audiences a rare glimpse into the gear-spinning creative process of professional comedians. The premise: Performers make up material on the spot based on random (and often twisted) phrases they've never seen before. (Fortunately there's always help available from the audience suggestion box.) The results — whether witnessed locally at a handful of L.A. venues, around the world at nearly every major Stateside and international comedy festival or on the U.K.'s Sky Atlantic HD channel (coming soon) — are unpredictable, illuminating and always enthralling.

—Julie Seabaugh


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