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  • Comedian Andy Ritchie passes away after battle with brain tumor

    Andy RitchieThe world just lost another talented comedian. Andy Ritchie has passed away after a battle with a brain tumor. When it was revealed this summer that Ritchie had cancer his comedian friend Brendon Walsh set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for his medical bills.

    The news and support for Andy spread far and wide, even getting shout outs from Daniel Tosh on Tosh.0. More than $100K dollars were raised for Andy’s bills. Then today, on Thanksgiving, we were given an update that nobody wanted to hear as Walsh broke the news on Andy’s page that he had lost his battle with cancer.


    Andy passed away this afternoon at Hollywood Presbyterian. His mom, Ruby, and his brother Simon were all with him.

    I don’t know what else to say. He was a great guy. Listen to his album on Spotify or download it or whatever. He’s hilarious.

    Thanks for everything you all did to help. Have a good Thanksgiving.


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    WKRP “As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly” Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving from us here at The Laugh Button to you, your family, and your friends. May your uncle’s jokes this year be the best yet.

    The Laugh Button Podcast #45: Don Jamieson terrorizing telemarketers

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    In celebration of Thanksgiving you get The Laugh Button podcast a day early this week. You also get the return of our Editor-in-Chief Matt Kleinschmidt, who is back with Mark for the news of the week as we ambitiously try to figure out the city of Hartford and Neftlix. The guest this week is comedian and host of That Metal Show, Don Jamieson who just released his new comedy album, Terrorizing Telemarketers, Vol. 6 with his TMS co-host Jim Florentine. It’s an action packed show for your long holiday weekend. Read More

    Kyle Kinane showcases his mountain biking enthusiasm in new web series, “Outside Comedy”

    There’s a great web series we just learned about called Outside Comedy. It’s the brainchild of Thomas R. Wood where he talks a documentary-style approach to comedians as those comics discuss their hobbies and interests when they aren’t on stage. In the most recent episode of the series, Wood features Kyle Kinane who is an avid mountain biker when he’s not a stand-up comedian. Read More

    Verizon adds CollegeHumor original to its streaming service arsenal

    Fatal DecisionAnd now for Verizon’s turn in the stream wars currently under way. Just last month in October, Verizon launched G090 free video service. It kicked off with just about 8000 TV shows and clips. Said content includes exclusives from Vice and now CollegeHumor is in the mix.Fatal Decision, which is loosely based on a web series that CollegeHumor did back in 2008, stars Zeke Nicholson, Pam Murphy and Andrew Pifko, and comes with celebrity cameos from Geoffrey Arend, Jake Busey, MC Gainey, Christina Hendricks, Nathalie Kelley, Eric Roberts, Tom Sizemore, and Reginald Veljohnson. Read More

    Enjoy this spot-on, “The Fault In Our Star Wars” parody trailer

    According to recent marketing data, most Star Wars fans are men, but to try to bring in the biggest possible audience Disney is specifically targeting young women. This new trailer does a good job of sending the message that Star Wars is for everyone.

    DGital Media’s Comedy Voices signs Upright Citizens Brigade to audio network

    UCBDGital Media has signed an exclusive audio deal with Upright Citizens Brigade to join its Comedy Voices audio network according to Variety. DGital Media will work alongside UCB to produce, distribute and market existing podcasts as well as create new content. “I love podcasts, I’ve been doing mine for nine years,” Matt Walsh of UCB has said. “Digital technology makes it so easy to produce them and on-demand is the way people get their entertainment today.” As for DGital Chief Content Officer Chris Corcoran, “We are honored and thrilled to partner with such an influential and important brand in the business of comedy. The UCB is all about creativity, discovery, and influence and it will headline our Comedy Voices on-demand audio platform.” Current UCB podcasts that will be included are Bear Down with Matt Walsh and screenwriter Scot Armstrong, Hooray Show with Horatio Sanz, Revenge of the Podcast with comedian Griffin Newman and critic David Sims, and The UCB Digital Podcast which is a behind-the-scenes look at the comedy business with writers of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, Key and Peele and more. And that’s not all the UCB are up too. They are launching Seeso, the comedy subscription channel alongside NBCUniversal.

    Here’s your trailer for indie comedy “Bad Roomies” starring Patrick Renna and Tommy Savas

    A roommate comedy about two guys who are searching for a third roommate and finally they settle on an apparently harmless and beautiful girl. All goes well despite a simmering rivalry until one mistake that starts them on a downward spiral. A hilarious game of roommate vs roommate. Available on demand on December 1.

    W. Kamau Bell set to tape new special in December, Morgan Spurlock attached to direct

    Kamau Bell

    W. Kamau Bell just announced via twitter he’ll be taping his brand new special next month on December 2 in New York City. He also listed documentarian Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock Inside Man). The taping will take place in Brooklyn, NY at Roulette. Bell’s prior taping, SXSW Comedy With W. Kamau Bell, aired earlier this year and was split into two parts for Showtime. W. Kamau Bell is a socio-political comedian who is the host of the upcoming CNN travel show, The United Shades of America. Currently, Kamau may be best known for his critically acclaimed, but criminally short-lived FX comedy series, Totally Biased. Chris Rock called Kamau, “One of the funniest guys out there.” And Robin Williams called Kamau “ferociously funny”. While Denzel Washington said “That brother that’s always talking about me.” Among the places Kamau has been seen or heard are Comedy Central’s @midnight, HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Conan, Meet The Press, WTF with Marc Maron, The Rachel Maddow Show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Henry Louis Gates’ Peabody Award Winning documentary Many Rivers To Cross, and This American Life. Kamau’s writing has appeared on,,, Buzzfeed, and The LA Review of Books. Read More

    Watch “Barbershop 3: The next cut” official trailer

    Barbershop 3: The Next Cut stars Ice Cube, Common, Anthony Anderson, Nicki Minaj, and Cedric the Entertainer. It hits theaters April 15, 2016.