Comedy started in the US long back in an era where stand up comedies were limited to private presentations or circus shows. Some famous personalities who gave stand-up comedy a much more definite shape and size in America are Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Moms Mabley, Bob Hope, George Burns, Milton Berle and Frank Fay. These excellent performers started performing directly in front of the guests and so stand-up comedy was born.
Soon America saw a rise in the stand-up comedy shows and became the breeding ground for these shows were night clubs, restaurants, and various resorts. Many timeless comedians were acknowledged while they performed in these breeding grounds. To name few are have Danny Thomas, Joan Rivers, Alan King, Martin and Lewis and Jack E Leonard. Earlier these stand-up acts were teamed up with magic tricks and some other acts. However, nowadays it is more concrete and limited to comedy only. People have different taste these days.
People like Bill Cosby and Steve Martin made stand-up comedy more popular and now it is no longer limited to private shows and parties. It has expanded to theaters and amphitheaters. People started honing their skills in comedy and there were competitions organized and people started looking at it as an art and a sport. There are such iconic actors like Robin Williams and Ellen DeGeneres who got recognition in Hollywood from this art form alone. They changed the scene altogether and now comedy is much more than what it used to be.
Whoopi Goldberg, Eddie Murphy, Kevin Hart, Bill Hicks, David Cross, Maria Bamford, Todd Glass and many more names came and went in the world of stand-up comedy, and it is flourishing like never before. Today, people buy tickets for these shows, watch them on Youtube, and there are restaurants hosting these shows.