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  • On Tour with Dave Ross: Week 3 “Heaven on Earth”

    Dave Ross: Week 3

    LA based comedian and storyteller Dave Ross is traveling across the country for a two month tour encompassing the full spectrum of comedy shows; house shows, weekends featuring at clubs, a live podcast recording, headlining independent shows, all culminating in his biggest show yet: headlining the Hollywood Improv on May 30th. As Dave treks his way across the US, The Laugh Button will be pulling up the rear, documenting every stop, every show. We’ll be checking in with Dave every week to hear about all the highs and lows and crazy sh*t that comes his way. Godspeed Mr. Ross!

    WEEK 3

    After a pretty sh*tty week (literally), Dave’s luck seemed to turn around for the best. Healthy and happy, Dave ripped through Louisiana and Alabama for what he described as, “one of the best weeks of my life.” Find out what made week 3 so awesome by reading our conversation. Read More

    Jim Gaffigan was on “The Tonight Show” last night and sat down while performing stand-up

    Jim Gaffigan Tonight Show

    Jim Gaffigan was the guest on The Tonight Show to promote the paperback release of his excellent book, Dad Is Fat as well as his forthcoming stand-up special Obsessed which premieres on Comedy Central this weekend.

    We love Gaffigan and will watch him perform anything at any time and he was definitely on the show to deliver some stand-up comedy. But Jim has earned his ability to sit down at the guest chair and deliver jokes from his act rather than do 5 minutes with a mic on the stage. But if you think about it, most of Jim’s comedy is about being lazy. So the idea of him sitting down to perform stand-up comedy makes this appearance even funnier. Read More

    Seth Meyers, Key & Peele among Time’s 100 Most Influential list

    Seth Meyers Key and PeeleTime Magazine released it’s annual list of 100 Most Influential People. The list is often a who’s who of politics, industry, activism, leadership, art, and entertainment. The movers and shakers one might say.

    This year they highlighted the great work of two (technically three) people from the comedy community – Seth Meyers and Key & Peele. While Meyers isn’t a stranger to lists such as this as he’s often heaped well-deserved praise for his work in not only the last 13 years on Saturday Night Live but with his new foray into late night with Late Night with Seth Meyers.

    Amy Poehler wrote the testimonial about Meyers stating: Read More

    May hosts for “Saturday Night Live” anounced including Andy Samberg who will also host a primtetime shorts special

    May SNLAll of the hosts for May’s run of Saturday Night Live hosts have been announced. In addition to the already announced Andrew Garfield / Coldplay episode on May 3rd, Charlize Theron will host and SNL alum and recent Emmy Award winner, Andy Samberg will return to host for the first time.

    Samberg’s host session will mark the end of the 39th season of SNL, a season that saw a huge influx of new cast members and the departure of one of it’s biggest influencers,

    In addition to hosting the show at the end of the month, Samberg will host a primetime SNL special that will consist of our favorite shorts that the show has put out over the years. Shorts that Samberg and his crew from The Lonely Island heavily influenced during their tenure on the show. Read More

    Ari Shaffir’s terrific web series “This Is Not Happening” to become a Comedy Central TV show

    Ari ShaffirIt’s official, Ari Shaffir’s fantastic web series This is Not Happening is going to make the full transition from the Comedy Central digital production arm CC:Studios, to a full television show on the network beginning with an 8 episode run this fall.

    This is Not Happening was an original web series developed by CC and has already run for two seasons online. It’s a hilarious storytelling show hosted by Shaffir and featured his hilarious comedian friends as a guest. The guests and Ari tell some of their craziest stories while on stage at Cheetahs, a gentlemen’s club in L.A.

    Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s original programming president spoke about signing the new show, “The only reason we are picking up This Is Not Happening is to prove we can incubate an idea digitally and then have it migrate to the linear channel.” Kent continued to say, “And also, it’s really funny storytelling with fantastic talent.” Read More

    The website from “Silicon Valley” exists in real life, get surfing

    Just to add to the awesome that is the new HBO/Mike Judge series Silicon Valley, the network has launched www.piedpiper.com, a website based on the app from the series. The site features a fully detailed description of the app (which lies greatly in line with the show’s main character) as well as some funny bios of the characters on the show. Do yourself a favor and surf the site.

    VH1 cancels “Best Week Ever,” lays off a good chunk of its New York team

    Best Week EverVH1 has officially laid off more than 10 staffers on it’s development team in New York. It wasn’t just bottom level employee’s either, the company said goodbye to Brad Abramson and Kari McFarland, both VPs of East Coast Production. In other words, they just said goodbye to a majority of their New York team.

    A VH1 spokesperson discussed the layoffs in a statement, “With ratings on an upswing and the pace of development increasing cross platform, we felt it was the right time to examine our overall production and development structure in New York.” The statement continued, “It’s imperative we accurately structure our teams to deliver the content that our growing number of viewers want from VH1 today.” Read More