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  • This week in comedy: First we Con, then we get Warped

    Warped TourIt was a week of triumph from the TV debut of 3 stand-up specials. That’s right three, buckle up. Additionally, The Laugh Button is kicking off a rocker of a stand-up show at this year’s BookCon. Then we are going on the Warped Tour, this year, the Vans Warped Tour will boast a comedy tent for the very first time, and we’re excited to announce that we’re sponsoring it. For more insights, check out our interview with tour and tent creator Kevin Lyman.

    – Myq Kaplan is moving his girlfriend and all her stuff here to New York, and when we suggested that he make a tour of it, he seems to have listened.

    – At this year’s Del Close Marathon, there’ll be a screening for a documentary about the marathon’s namesake.

    – When a bunch of men are competing for one woman via stand-up, who better to advise them than Amy Schumer? That’s exactly what happened on this week’s episode of The Bachelorette. She later dedicated a portion of her own show to the eternal Cosby controversy. Read More

    Nick Swardson’s special Taste It debuts this weekend, watch some clips

    This weekend, Nick Swardson returns with his first stand-up special in 5 years. Taste It will premiere on Comedy Central on Saturday at 10pm ET. Which means yo have enough time to fire up the grill cook some food and then taste it with Nick Swardson… see what we did there? Read More

    Will Forte joins the cast of Keanu alongside Key and Peele

    Will ForteThe pitch is simple. Friends hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen cat by posing as drug dealers for a street gang. But the comedy is sure to be complex and smart. We can say this because the feature film, Keanu, has been written by the minds behind Comedy Central’s smash hit sketch comedy series Key & Peele. Both Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele will star alongside Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man as well as the just recently announced, via The Hollywood Reporter, Will Forte. The Last Man On Earth star adds this to his already busy future schedule which includes two animated projects, Moonbeam City for Comedy Central and the featureGet Squirrely with John Leguizamo, John Cleese and Samantha Bee. This fails to mention the second season of Last Man which was renewed for a second season in early April. Forte will play a pot dealer who is obsessed with black culture in Keanu. A release date of April 22 2016 has already been set for the comedy. And be on the lookout for Forte in Adam Sandler’s controversial film The Ridiculous 6 out later this year.

    Eat Drink Laugh, The Story Of The Comic Strip documentary is now available

    Vimeo just launched a new documentary on its VOD platform about the legendary NYC Comic Strip comedy club called, Eat Drink Laugh. For the unfamiliar, the Comic Strip (and later Comic Strip Live) is the oldest stand-up comedy club in New York. If you can think of a comedian that’s risen through the ranks since 1976, chances are they were a performer at the Strip. Including the rise of Eddie Murphy from teenage comedian to bonafide superstar in just a few years time. The special is currently available for purchase or rent on Vimeo’s VOD platform and you should lay your eyes on the trailer now which features pretty much any comedian you can think of.

    Take a 360° look at Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary show

    Woah, just when you thought season 40 of Saturday Night Live was in the books, they revealed something extra special and cool for fans that missed out on the chance to be in the studio audience for the star studded SNL 40. Read More

    Jonah Ray and Mikal Cronin re-create Paul Simon’s ‘You Can Call Me Al’ music video

    Jonah Ray, Mikal Cronin

    When you first start watching Mikal Cronin’s new music video for “Say” you’re like, “cool they’re paying homage to the Paul Simon classic video for ‘You Can Call Me Al’.” Yah know, that one where Chevy Chase at his prime Chevy Chase-ness made an iconic video for an iconic song with Paul Simon? And Cronin is doing that with another comedian, Jonah Ray. Read More

    Jessica Delfino’s NY Funny Songs Fest kicks off tonight and The Unicorn is open for business

    NY Funny Songs FestNY Funny Songs Fest is a fast growing indie festival created by the comedy musicians of NYC for the comedy musicians of the world. It starts tonight and runs through May 30. Their mission is to seek out fun, funny people who pair comedy with music, seek out an audience of fun, funny people who love comedy music, and then put them together. Annually. Events include classes, parties, shows, panels and more. Jessica Delfino, the spirit behind the fest, just opened a new venue called The Unicorn in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The venue, as well as services she provides ranges from Ukulele lessons to student shows. “I am bringing an indie performance space to the neighborhood and calling it The Unicorn. It is a unique, creative space and there is nothing like it in the area. By day, music lessons, classes and events will take place. At night, performances, readings and shows will happen. Most will have a musical or comedic slant. The space will also be available for rentals” says Delfino. The NY Funny Songs Fests boasts stand out shows such as the ever popular 50 Funny Songs Contest, Let’s Riff – Improvised Funny Jams and Night O’ Dirty Songs in Crazytown. You can head here for the complete calendar of events. Most of the fest is streaming on Daily Motion. And here is the complete list of performers: Read More

    Trevor Noah will take over The Daily Show on September 28

    While we knew he was taking over for Jon Stewart for a while now, it was uncertain when exactly Trevor Noah was to begin his run as the next host of The Daily Show. That is until now. Beginning September 28th The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will be a real thing. We’ve seen surprisingly little of Noah on TDS since his announcement, showing up for moments in one correspondents clip. Comedy Central just released this clip of Noah getting comfortable with his new position.

    Jon Stewart’s last day as host of the show will be on August 6th as previously reported.

    Tracy Morgan settles his lawsuit with WalMart

    Tracy MorganIt appears Tracy Morgan’s legal battle with WalMart from the New Jersey highway crash last year has ended. Morgan and his entourage were in a limo bus returning from a show when a WalMart tractor trailer rear ended the vehicle killing James “Jimmy Mack” McNair and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured. Morgan has not made a public appearance since the accident and has been in rehabilitation ever since.

    Yesterday in a federal court in Newark papers were filed that state that a settlement between both parties has been reached. The settlement has been described as “amicable” yet details are not yet disclosed. Read More

    The Laugh Button Podcast #19: Dining with Jen Kirkman (and we feel fine)

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    Mark and Matt have some big Laugh Button news this week as we’re going on tour this summer. We then meet up with comedian Jen Kirkman to catch a bite to eat and talk about her new Netflix special, I’m Going To Die Alone (And I Feel Fine). Read More