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  • 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

    Watch the first tease of Another Period on Comedy Central starring Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome

    Prep the flashbulbs because on June 23, a new level of class is coming to Comedy Central. Another Period is an American period sitcom created by and starring Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome. It follows the lives of the Bellacourts, the first family of Newport, Rhode Island at the turn of the 20th century. Lillian (Leggero) and Beatrice (Lindhome) are sisters who care only about how they look, what parties they attend and becoming famous, which is a lot harder in 1902. It is intended to be a spoof on reality shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

    Vans Warped Tour and Warped Comedy Tent creator Kevin Lyman: The Laugh Button Interview

    Kevin Lyman

    Just off celebrating the 20th anniversary of its existence, the Vans Warped Tour welcomes a new addition to its scene. Comedy. This year will mark the start of a new tradition with the 2015 Vans Warped Tour Comedy Tent and we are psyched to be the official sponsor for its entirety this year. This is the brain child of Warped Tour creator Kevin Lyman and SideOneDummy Records founder Joe Sib, whose SideOneDummy Storytellers Show has been a success on both coasts. I recently had the chance to talk with the festival founder and comedy fan Kevin Lyman about the new endeavor, why the music and comedy worlds are more similar than you think, other attempts at comedy tours and what comedy legend he used to drive around while in college. Here is The Laugh Button Interview with Kevin Lyman. Read More

    Jen Kirkman doesn’t want your marriage or your kids on her latest special, I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)

    Jen Kirkman

    Jen Kirkman’s new Netflix special, I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine), is bookended by sketches in which she has conversations with people whom she has little to nothing in common with. At the beginning of the special, the interaction is with an overly permissive mom and her drooling, half-wit son. At the end of the special, it’s with an older couple who disapproves of her anti-marriage material and a younger man who took away the wrong message from her act (namely, that she wants to have sex with younger men). Thematically, these sketches fit very well with the content of her stand-up act itself, which is largely about the struggles of fitting into society as a single, childless woman in her forties. Read More

    Just For Laughs announces their homegrown lineup for the 2015 fest in Montreal

    Homegrown JFL

    The lineup for The Homegrown Comic Competition, which is the annual showcase of next gen Canadian comedy stars, has been announced for the 2015 edition of the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. The competition will be hosted by Canadian comedian and actor Shaun Majumder and will include Aisha Alfa, Chris James, Daniel Woodrow, Guido Cocomello, John Cullen, Julia Hladkowicz, Matt Falk, Matt Wright and Sean Emeny. Tickets for this affair are on sale now. And for more detailed breakdowns about each comic in the competition head over to the competition site.

    Amy Schumer put Bill Cosby on trial in the court of public opinion

    On last night’s episode of Inside Amy Schumer, the comedian took up the chance to defend Bill Cosby and all of those sexual assault allegations. Which begs the question for comedians and civilians alike have asked since all of these allegations began, is it possible to still like Cosby’s work while disliking all the other stuff he’s been accused of? Or to quote Schumer as she mentioned in this sketch, “The next time you put on a rerun of The Cosby Show, you may wince a little, might feel a little pang. And none of us deserve that. We don’t deserve to feel that pang. We deserve to dance like no one’s watching and watch like no one’s raping.”

    Netflix renews Grace and Frankie for a second season

    Grace and FrankieFor those already on board with Grace and Frankie, the Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin project, you are celebrating this morning with the news of a second season coming to Netflix. And for those who like to stock pile seasons for the ultimate binge watch, now you are going to have some more to work with. This seems to be the current trend with shows as of late with renewal announcements coming just before the start or shortly after a season begins. The show just debuted back on May 8th. Those not familiar with the show, the series follows Grace, a retired cosmetics mogul, and Frankie, a hippie art teacher, whose husbands, Robert and Sol, are successful divorce lawyers in San Diego. Grace and Frankie’s lives are turned upside down when Robert and Sol announce that they are in love with each other and are leaving their wives. Now, the women, who have never really liked each other, are forced to live together and support each other as they navigate the next chapter of their lives. For Netflix, the renewal comes as all of its original scripted dramas and comedies have gone on to secure second seasons. The streaming service’s growing original comedy roster also includes Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and BoJack Horseman.

    Dave Hill’s debut comedy album Let Me Turn You On is now available for pre-order

    Dave Hill AlbumWe were excited when we caught wind of comedian, musician, and actor Dave Hill’s debut comedy album earlier this month. Well, we are now one step closer as Let Me Turn You On is now available for pre-order for the June 9 release on ASPECIALTHING Records. On this album, Hill intersperses a stand up show recorded live at Union Hall in Brooklyn with some of his hilarious short stories told over his trademark sweet guitar riffs. Listeners are treated to tales of the time he went to prison, a fateful encounter with an angry homeless man, his travels to Japan where he played with his band Valley Lodge, his classic erotic short stories, and of course some wicked guitar playing. If you want to plant the seed for a future “Your Welcome” to yourself, pre-order on iTunes here. If you are old school and prefer compact discs and awesome album artwork you can pre-order that here. And every Monday night, he can be heard hosting his own radio show, The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, from 9pm to midnight on WFMU. You can stream episodes here. Read More

    The Laugh Button joins the Vans Warped Tour as the official sponsor of the inaugural comedy tent

    Warped Pic

    2015 marks the start of a new tradition on the Vans Warped Tour which recently celebrated it’s 20th anniversary. The Laugh Button is psyched to announce that we are the official sponsor of the inaugural Warped Comedy Tent and will be bringing comedy to the Warped Tour all summer long. Comedians Grant Cotter and Eli Olsberg are set to host the first year run and will be on all 41 tour dates throughout the campaign. Other comedians to appear on various dates on tour are Ben Bizuneh, Chase Bernstein, Dave Ross, Eric Schwartz, Sammy Obeid, Sandy Danto and Beth Stelling who just got the nod for her first Comedy Central Half Hour. And there are sure to be some special guests and drop-ins along the way. For all the latest info follow #WARPEDCOMEDY on social media. “We’ve always been about trying new things, and having The Laugh Button throw their support behind the Warped Comedy Tent, is an honor and lends some credibility to the project in its inaugural run,” says Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman. The Laugh Button will provide an insider’s look at the festival both here on the site as well as the podcast. Weekly video diary entries from the road as well as backstage, interviews with the comedians and bands on tour, and comedian take-overs of our socials. We’ve got Comedy. Covered.

    Anthony Cumia expands his subscription network with Legion of Skanks podcast

    The Anthony Cumia Show

    The Anthony Cumia Show has evolved into The Anthony Cumia Show Network.

    Not even a year after his firing from SiriusXM and his longtime talk show, The Opie & Anthony Show Cumia has turned his one man show into two. Announcing that a second show will join the network’s ranks, that show is The Legion of Skanks podcast. Which is co-hosted by three comedians, Big Jay Oakerson, Luis J. Gomez, and Dave Smith. Read More