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  • Kyle Kinane tells the story about how he became a Screeching Weasel fan

    Anyone familiar with Kyle Kinane’s comedy isn’t surprised that he’s a fan of music. He often discusses it in his act and has been known to do projects involving bands over the years. So when he was asked to take the stage for SideOneDummy’s Storytellers and talk about an album that changed his life, he recalled the story about the first time that he navigated Chicago’s streets as a younger, smaller bearded version of himself and attended his first Screeching Weasel concert.

    Embracing the Absurd: A conversation with Kate Berlant

    Kate Berlant is an enigmatic performer. Her unique brand of stand-up is delightfully absurd and hilarious. She recently was invited to Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival this year as one of their “New Faces of Comedy,” where she was one of the fest’s stand outs. I caught up with the LA native to talk about her recent trip to Canada, her videos with John Early, touring with musicians, and dancing in her underwear to Sinead O’Conner. Give it a read. Read More

    ‘Modern Comedian’ returns with a profound profile of Maria Bamford


    It’s been a few months since Scott Moran’s hit web-documentary series, Modern Comedian, has released a new episode. Today, the series returned with a rather profound profile on the great Maria Bamford. For her turn in front of Moran’s camera, she talks about her history of mental breakdowns, bipolar disorder, and seeking out help and finding stabilization.

    “[Mood stabilizers] could be effecting me [creatively], but also, I have not had a suicidal thought in four years now, which is something I had my entire life. My entire life, dying seemed like a great idea, so I think I’ll take being a little bit of a dum-dum (laughs) for feeling pretty good,” Bamford says.

    Considering the topic of mental illness, even getting help for it, is so taboo today, it is really great to see Bamford candidly tell her story. Watch.

    Tickets are on sale for the Maui Comedy Festival, happening Halloween weekend in Hawaii

    Maui Comedy FestivalThe inaugural Maui Comedy Festival just put individual tickets on sale for its shows during this October’s festival. It’s all happening over Halloween weekend in the town of Lahina in Maui, HI. That’s right, a holiday weekend on a tropical island, hosting about 35 terrific comedians to entertain you. There’s not much of a need to put on the hard sell here for it will hands down be the comedy trip of the year.

    The roster of talent is terrific! Comedians like Hannibal Buress, Kyle Kinane, Reggie Watts, Aisha Tyler, Eddie Pepitone, Greg Proops, Paul Provenza, Tig Notaro, Ron Funches, Nate Bargatze, Todd Glass, Jonah Ray, Morgan Murphy, Ari Shaffir, and Hari Konobolu will all be in town performing shows.

    As previously mentioned, tickets for individual shows are now available, in addition you can get passes for access to all the shows, or do it up in style and take advantage of an All-Access VIP Pass which gets you into parties and lounges. If you go to www.mauicomedyfestival.com you can even take advantage of some hotel packages the festival has set up. All that you have to do now is click away and we’ll see you in Maui in October.

    Tickets are for sale at mauicomedyfestival.com, on Laughstub, or you can browse The Laugh Button’s ticket page.

    Artie Lange gives some really unqualified advice to fans of “The Tonight Show”

    Artie Lange was the guest comedian on The Tonight Show last night, before he took to the stage he offered up some advice about relationships to people writing into the show in the latest segment of The Tonight Show’s feature Unqualified Advice. Lange then went on the show and participated in a game of catchphrase with Fallon and guest chef Giada De Laurentiis. While we initially thought Lange might not be down for playing the game, he ended up being great at it as De Laurentiis pronounced Italian food items like our grandma from the old country. Read More

    Hampton Yount on Conan, “It sounds like you defeated a broken woman”


    Hampton Yount is having a great summer. He was invited to Montreal’s Just For Laughs as one of their “New Faces of Comedy,” he just recorded his second album, and appeared as the guest comic on last night’s Conan. Yount used his set to point out the ridiculously coy way news reporters segue into stories, the horrors of online dating men and women face, and how our grandparents might not be great romantics but just people with undiagnosed aspergers. He makes a good point there.

    Ken Jeong to star in new film from WWE studios

    Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Community) has recently locked down the lead in a new film from WWE studios. Currently under the working title “Untitled Celebrity Death Pool,” the film follows a struggling nightclub owner who after amassing a large debt from a loan shark, sets out to win a long-running celebrity death pool by attempting to kill David Hasselhoff.

    As reported by Variety, Hasselhoff is also a producer on the film. The film is set to feature multiple cameos from various celebrities also in the death pool, one of which being famous wrestler Hulk Hogan. Jeong is also signed on for Ride Along 2 with Ice Cube, Steve Carell’s International Incident, and also is starring in his MTV pilot Ken Jeong Made Me Do It. Everything’s coming up Ken!