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  • HBO’s new Duplass brothers animated comedy series “Animals” set to debut in February


    It’s official. HBO has confirmed the debut date for Animals. The animated adult comedy series is set to launch its ten-episode season February 8 at 11:30p. Created by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano and produced by Duplass Brothers, Animals focuses on the downtrodden creatures native to Earth’s least-habitable environment: New York City. Whether it’s lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons or aging bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity and existential woes of non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own.

    Jennifer Lawrence to helm director’s chair for new comedy

    Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence is showing no signs of slowing down. She’s turning a new leaf in her career that is currently in full force. She’s been recently quoted as saying, “I’d also like to direct a comedy. I have wanted to direct as long as I’ve wanted to act. I just don’t talk about it because I’d rather just do it.” Lawrence, said she’ll be taking on Project Delirium, which is an adaption of an article, as director. She continues, “It’s based on this article about mental warfare in the ’60s, like an acid experiment gone terribly wrong. It’s funny, I’ve wanted to direct since I was 16 and always thought I should start making steps towards that. If I had tried to do it earlier, I wouldn’t have been ready. Now I actually feel ready.” This comes to light after news spread quickly of a comedy screenplay she’s working on with Trainwreck star Amy Schumer. “We play sisters,” Lawrence told The New York Times “We’re almost done writing. It just flowed out of us.”

    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 friends Brendon Walsh, Colton Dunn, and Nick Swardson 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 who held an auction to raise money. 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 that Andy 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.