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  • It Won’t Always Be This Great and Seinfeld writer Peter Mehlman: The Laugh Button Interview

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    Peter Mehlman became a writer for the Washington Post after college. He then found his way into television in 1982 working on SportsBeat with Howard Cosell. From 1985-90 he wrote for The New York Times Magazine, GQ and Esquire. Then it was time for the left coast. While out there, he ran into Larry David, whom he’d met back in New York. David invited Mehlman to submit a sample script for his show Seinfeld. Mehlman elected to send in a humor piece he’d written for the Times Magazine instead and landed the gig as a freelance writer for the show. It would be the first Seinfeld freelance episode, The Apartment. Over the eight-year run of the show, Mehlman rose to executive producer and coined such Seinfeld-isms as Yada Yada spongeworthy, shrinkage,. and double-dipping. In 1997, Mehlman joined DreamWorks and created It’s like, you know…, a scathing look at Los Angeles. Recently, Mehlman received praise for his first novel, It Won’t Always Be This Great, which was released in 2014. The Washington Post named it “One of the top five comedic books of 2014″ and the only novel to make that list. In It Won’t Always Be This Great, Mehlman shows how one man’s story is never really his story alone including his hopes, failures, dreams, and realities. And how one man’s moment of rage snowballs into an entirely new life for him and those around him. Read More

    The first images from Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp coming soon to Netflix

    Wet Hot 1The anticipation for the return of Wet Hot American Summer is at an all-time high once word was out that it was officially happening. And now we are getting our first look at the series coming to Netflix July 17. Here you’ll find several action shots of your favorite cast members including Gene (Christopher Meloni), Victor (Ken Marino), Neil (Joe Lo Truglio), Susie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Bradley Cooper). And of your favorites are back and then some. Jason Schwartzman is in the mix as is “Weird Al” Yankovic. And I’m sure many more surprises that will be revealed when the new series is binge watched in it’s entirely the second it’s released. And then re-watched. I’m sure there will be Easter eggs firmly planted all over the camp ground. Here are the rest of the photos released and we gear up for the 17th of July. It’s finally time for the misadventures of campers and counselors at Camp Firewood. We can’t wait to go back for the First Day of Camp! Read More

    Jenny Zigrino on Conan, “You wanna take this to pound town, I’m the f*ckin’ Mayor”

    Comedian Zigrino takes on the topics of neighborhood dog joggers, dating Jesus, and being covered in vaginas in her set on Conan. She also got to say F*&k twice.

    Comedy Central sets its summer schedule release dates including Why? With Hannibal Buress and Another Period

    comedy central logoComedy Central has announced their summer schedule including two premiere dates for two new shows. Another Period, stars the original out of touch reality family, a turn-of-the-century historical and satirical scripted series that follows the insanely ridiculous and debaucherous life of the Bellacourts, who have more servants than relatives and whose days are filled with money, sex, drugs and more money. Another Period centers on the Bellacourt sisters, Lillian (Natasha Leggero) and Beatrice (Riki Lindhome), who only care about being rich and becoming super famous, which is a lot harder in 1902. The show launches June 23 at 10:30p. Also premiering is Why? With Hannibal Buress. The show celebrates Buress’ hilariously brilliant off-beat voice and point-of-view. If it’s in the zeitgeist, Buress will address it, providing his unique perspective on each week’s topic, answering the burning questions on his mind through stand-up, filmed segments, man-on-the-street interviews and special, in-studio guests. Why? With Hannibal Buress will be a weekly, half-hour series shot in front of a studio audience and each episode will tape the same week it airs. The series is executive produced by Buress, Jeff Stilson (The Chris Rock Show, Da Ali G Show) and Dave Becky. Here’s the complete line-up Read More

    Abbi and Ilana from Broad City will be the guests when The Chris Gethard Show premieres May 28th

    The Chris Gethard Show will begin production on Fusion next week. Today, the show’s host himself announced that the premiere date will be on May 28th at 10pm and the ladies from Broad City, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer will be show’s first guests. Gethard will also welcome The Front Bottoms as the show’s first musical guests, a band that have appeared on the show in the past and two ladies that are UCB alums just like Gethard himself. And all is right with the world.

    The Laugh Button Podcast #18: Big Jay Oakerson and Ralph Sutton from The SDR Show

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    Big Jay Oakerson and Ralph Sutton, co-hosts from The SDR Show just celebrated their one year of podcasting. They joined Mark and Matt to talk about their trip up until this point. As you’d imagine, it involves a lot of sex, drugs, and rock & roll. Read More

    Spotify launches video element to its service including Comedy Central

    SpotifySpotify now will encompass shortform videos announcing partnerships with Disney’s ESPN, NBC, and Comedy Central. Deals with NBC and MTV are also in place. “We’re a music company at heart,” CEO Daniel Ek said at the company’s press event today. The new content and features are launching this week for users in the U.S. By entering video space, Spotify will be facing off with the likes of YouTube, who currently dominate the market. The idea is said to steer Spotify’s base of music listeners toward video with the goal of extending the playlist of their day in new ways. Spotify’s current video partners include Comedy Central’s Broad City, Legendary Entertainment’s Nerdist Industries, Disney’s Maker Studios, Fullscreen, the BBC and TED.

    Watch Jimmy Fallon’s tribute to David Letterman

    Jimmy takes some time to pay tribute to Late Show host David Letterman and wish him well on his retirement. Tonight of course is the night Letterman signs off the air.

    Anthony Jeselnik to headline the 2015 High Plains Comedy Festival

    HPCF 2015The first wave of comics that will be performing at the 2015 High Plains Comedy Festival in Denver, now in it’s third year, have been announced including Anthony Jeselnik. He’ll be headlining the historic Paramount Theater. Back in March it was announced that Jeselnik will be hosting the latest edition of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. His acting credits include Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Maron, and the show Garfunkel and Oates. He also hosted and wrote The Jeselnik Offensive that aired on Comedy Central in 2013. Other comics announced so far that will be joining the HPCF in 2015 are Kurt Braunohler, Jonah Ray, Matt Braunger, Guy Brnum, Emily Heller, Beth Stelling, John Early, Kate Berlant, Jay Larson, Sean Patton, Adam Cayton-Holland, Ben Roy and Andrew Orvedahl. A larger wave of comics will be announced in the coming months with a final wave of Denver comedians announced after that.  Read More

    Wanda Sykes and Alan Cumming to host Just For Laughs Festival Galas

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    The good news just keeps coming from the Just For Laughs Festival camp with the announcement of two more Gala hosts and the extension of the Ethnic Show. The Emmy Award-winning comedian Wanda Sykes and Broadway darling Alan Cumming have joined this year’s line-up of Gala hosts. Sykes to host July 23 and Cumming is set for the 25. They’re are joining an already stellar JFL line-up of Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, Mike Myers, Neil Patrick Harris, Trevor Noah, Jane Lynch, Bill Burr, Patton Oswalt and “Weird Al”. In addition, the fest has also announced that they will be extending the extremely popular Ethnic Show. Eight more editions to be exact. Alonzo Bodden with be at the helm alongside guest Rachid Badouri. Joining them throughout the show with be Ahmed Ahmed, Gina Yashere, Dan Naturman, Frank Spadone and Ronny Chieng. For tickets and more information head here.