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  • TBS renews “American Dad” through 2018

    American Dad Renewal

    American Dad, the once hit show on Fox, had moved over to TBS late last year. And it looks like they want to keep it around. TBS has renewed the show for at least two more season which will keep in on the through 2018. Adult Swim will present an encore of each new episode after its premiere on TBS. There will be 22 episodes in each of the added season to go along with the 22 for the upcoming season. This puts American Dad in the books for a total of 13 seasons so far. Hard to believe as it feels like just yesterday Family Guy had hit the scene, gone away, been reborn on DVD, brought back to television and become one of the biggest animated hits of all time. Now American Dad will join that group. A 13 season run for any show is big time. American Dad has two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Animated Program, two Annie Award nominations and seven Teen Choice Award nominations. Not bad. Here’s to two more.

    The Second City complex destroyed by an extra-alarm fire in Chicago

    The Second City Fire

    Yesterday afternoon, a fire broke out in Chicago’s Old Town that destroyed the offices of The Second City theater company. Four firefighters and another person were injured. It’s also been reported that it did not spread to the building housing the theater’s stages. “At one point, I was very anxious,” said Second City CEO and co-owner Andrew Alexander. “It has gutted our two levels of offices. But we’ll fix it. They advised us to close tonight, but I suspect we will be open tomorrow. The theaters are fine. The most important thing is that no one is hurt. Thank the Lord.” The Second City opened over 55 years ago and is a treasured landmark piece to the history of not only Chicago, but comedy. It’s also been reported that a Second City spokesman said the comedy theater maintains its institutional archive including scripts, photos and footage of past shows in an off-site storage facility. But that of course plays second fiddle to everyone’s safety, and our thoughts go out to all those affected by the fire. We hope for a speedy recovery to those injured.

    Jim Jefferies makes it clear how he feels about gun control in the US

    Jim Jefferies

    One of the last free speech and widely accepted soapboxes on earth is stand-up comedy and there comes a time when discussion occurs because the automatic defense mechanisms are powered down through comedy. It allows us to take a step back and not be so defensive by getting caught up in harsh stances. It allows us to look at topics through a different light, a different set of eyes. Sometimes even revealing how silly one’s argument can be when you really break it down. Every time guns are brought to national attention because of shootings and unfortunate events, it seems nothing ever changes in the United States. However you feel about it, it’s the same argument from both sides. Then it gets political. Then the discussion ends. In this instance, Australian comedian Jim Jefferies gives us his opinion and view point about U.S. gun control. This clip is from his latest Netflix special entitled Bare which came out last year. Take a look, watch, and see what it’s like from someone else’s perspective. Remember, we are becoming a smaller world and more interconnected than ever. And he does one hell of an American accent to boot. Read More

    Here’s the trailer for Christmas comedy “Love the Coopers” starring Ed Helms and Olivia Wilde

    Love the Coopers

    When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. The film stars Ed Helms, Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Jake Lacy, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei, and Olivia Wilde. Love the Coopers hits theaters this November. Here’s the trailer: Read More

    The Laugh Button Podcast #32: Nick Vatterott’s life experiences

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    This week Mark and Matt tackle the comedy news like Bill Burr’s comments on Caitlyn Jenner, Forbes highest paid actors on TV list. We then welcome comedian Nick Vatterott onto the show to discuss the Brooklyn Comedy Festival and his experience on reality TV like America’s Got Talent. Read More

    Chris Distefano is hitting the road on The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour this September


    Named as one of the “Comics to Watch” by Comedy Central at the New York Comedy Festival in 2012 and the “New Face” at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in 2013, Chris Distefano quickly gained international recognition. He has opened up for comedy legends such as Richard Lewis, Gilbert Gottfried and Artie Lange; cultivating new fans along the way with his high energy brand of comedy. Chris made his TV debut on The Late Show with David Letterman in 2013 and the following year Comedy Central selected him as part of their stand-up series The Half-Hour. Currently, Chris is a cast member of Guy Code on MTV2, Girl Code and Charlamagne & Friends on MTV, and frequently serves as a panelist on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore on Comedy Central. Most recently, he was featured on Late Night with Seth Myers and will be starring in the cast of IFC’s upcoming original hockey comedy, Benders, which premieres this October. Here are the tour dates: Read More

    Check out a sneak peak of new IFC comedy “Gigi Does It” premiering in October

    Gigi Does It

    In IFC’s new comedy Gigi Does It, coming October 1, actor David Krumholtz (This Is The End,Numb3rs) is transformed into Gigi Rotblum, a 76-year-old yenta with a heart of gold. With her razor-sharp tongue, she’s out to live life to the fullest as she spends the secret millions her dead husband left behind while accompanied by her male nurse Ricky played by Ricky Mabe (Zack & Miri Make a Porno, Goon). Enjoy this sneak peak into the world of Gigi as she comes to life after a 4-hour makeup transformation Krumholtz must go through. Read More

    Kevin Hart Presents: “Lil Rel Howery: Relevant” September 5

    Lil Rel

    As if Kevin Hart isn’t already doing enough these days, a sold out stadium tour, four movies in the works, and Real Husbands of Hollywood is back on the air. His Kevin Hart Presents returns September 5 on Comedy Central with Lil Rel Howery: Relevant. For those who may be new to comedian Lil Rel, he’s starring in NBC’s brand new comedy The Carmichael Show. He’s also one of the stars of truTV’s Friends of the People. Rel’s voice can be heard on Lucas Bros Moving Co and he’s written for P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy back in 2007. He’s one of the buzz comedians of 2015. The special showcases Rel’s captivating storytelling style and his uncanny ability to transport audiences into his hilarious world of loveable, outrageous characters. The special includes stories from Rel’s time in Chicago getting roasted by high school students, the ridiculousness of hoodrat conversations, the time he got an unexpected whooping from a Chicago cab driver, how his son, Judah, has gotten him into trouble by not having a filter yet and how grateful he is that he’ll have a daughter to take care of him when he gets old. Read More

    From BFF’s to sisters, Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence are writing a comedy

    Amy Schumer Jennifer Lawrence

    “Amy and I were creatively made for each other,” Jennifer Lawrence tells the New York Times. Amy of course is the one and only Amy Schumer. The two have been nearly inseparable all summer long. Whether in person or over the phone they are getting it done. “It” being a new movie they are writing together and will apparently also star in. There’s no tentative title yet, but the two will play sisters in the new comedy feature. Lawrence continued on saying, “”We have different flavors. It’s been the most fun experience of my life. We start the day off on the phone, laughing. And then we send each other pages. And we crack up. I’m flying out tomorrow to see her in Chicago. We’ll write a little bit with her sister, Kim, who worked with Amy when she was writing Trainwreck.” Some say it’s quite the odd couple, however there have been stranger combos in the past and honestly these two are a perfect fit. We’re all excited to see what comes from their writing which is reportedly 100 pages in. Schumer and Lawrence just may wind up being the new comedy power couple.

    Sitcom actors dominate Forbes 2015 list of highest paid actors in Hollywood

    The Big Bang Theory

    Forbes just released their annual list of highest-paid TV actors in 2015. The primary takeaway this year is, it’s good to be a sitcom actor these days. More specifically, it’s good to be on The Big Bang Theory or Modern Family because, those guys are killin’ it. Hey Jim Parsons, let me hold a twenty? Read More