Vimeo just launched a new documentary on its VOD platform about the legendary NYC Comic Strip comedy club called, Eat Drink Laugh. For the unfamiliar, the Comic Strip (and later Comic Strip Live) is the oldest stand-up comedy club in New York. If you can think of a comedian that’s risen through the ranks since 1976, chances are they were a performer at the Strip. Including the rise of Eddie Murphy from teenage comedian to bonafide superstar in just a few years time. The special is currently available for purchase or rent on Vimeo’s VOD platform and you should lay your eyes on the trailer now which features pretty much any comedian you can think of.
Woah, just when you thought season 40 of Saturday Night Live was in the books, they revealed something extra special and cool for fans that missed out on the chance to be in the studio audience for the star studded SNL 40. Read More
When you first start watching Mikal Cronin’s new music video for “Say” you’re like, “cool they’re paying homage to the Paul Simon classic video for ‘You Can Call Me Al’.” Yah know, that one where Chevy Chase at his prime Chevy Chase-ness made an iconic video for an iconic song with Paul Simon? And Cronin is doing that with another comedian, Jonah Ray. Read More
NY Funny Songs Fest is a fast growing indie festival created by the comedy musicians of NYC for the comedy musicians of the world. It starts tonight and runs through May 30. Their mission is to seek out fun, funny people who pair comedy with music, seek out an audience of fun, funny people who love comedy music, and then put them together. Annually. Events include classes, parties, shows, panels and more. Jessica Delfino, the spirit behind the fest, just opened a new venue called The Unicorn in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The venue, as well as services she provides ranges from Ukulele lessons to student shows. “I am bringing an indie performance space to the neighborhood and calling it The Unicorn. It is a unique, creative space and there is nothing like it in the area. By day, music lessons, classes and events will take place. At night, performances, readings and shows will happen. Most will have a musical or comedic slant. The space will also be available for rentals” says Delfino. The NY Funny Songs Fests boasts stand out shows such as the ever popular 50 Funny Songs Contest, Let’s Riff – Improvised Funny Jams and Night O’ Dirty Songs in Crazytown. You can head here for the complete calendar of events. Most of the fest is streaming on Daily Motion. And here is the complete list of performers: Read More
While we knew he was taking over for Jon Stewart for a while now, it was uncertain when exactly Trevor Noah was to begin his run as the next host of The Daily Show. That is until now. Beginning September 28th The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will be a real thing. We’ve seen surprisingly little of Noah on TDS since his announcement, showing up for moments in one correspondents clip. Comedy Central just released this clip of Noah getting comfortable with his new position.
Jon Stewart’s last day as host of the show will be on August 6th as previously reported.
It appears Tracy Morgan’s legal battle with WalMart from the New Jersey highway crash last year has ended. Morgan and his entourage were in a limo bus returning from a show when a WalMart tractor trailer rear ended the vehicle killing James “Jimmy Mack” McNair and left Morgan and two friends seriously injured. Morgan has not made a public appearance since the accident and has been in rehabilitation ever since.
Yesterday in a federal court in Newark papers were filed that state that a settlement between both parties has been reached. The settlement has been described as “amicable” yet details are not yet disclosed. 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.
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’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