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  • Just For Laughs 2014: Chelsea Peretti is an American treasure

    On Wednesday night in Montreal, stand-up and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Chelsea Peretti headlined a solo show, “Chelsea Peretti: American Treasure,” at L’Astral. “You can name your show anything you want,” said Peretti as she took the stage. Unlike a few other JFL shows that night, the intimate theater filled up before the show’s scheduled start time. The crowd loved Peretti. About the only thing that wouldn’t get a laugh was her (admittedly) joke-less crowd work. “I don’t even have a joke for that, I’m just repeating what I heard.” Peretti had a hairpin trigger to any external noise that night, and her playful jabs at her lack of commentary on any of it earned her the laugh the original riff didn’t get for a quick save. That’s always a mark of a good comic, being able to successfully riff on yourself and recover from a flat joke. Read More

    Just For Laughs 2014: New Faces highlights

    Just For Laughs Montreal is unmistakably the biggest comedy festival of the year. It’s a privilege to perform here, and every year many, many comedians vie to be one of the fest’s “New Faces of Comedy.” As announced Monday, twenty-one up-and-coming comedians were chosen for 2014′s New Faces showcases. Many JFL headliners first entered the festival as a “new face;” it’s sort of you’re introduction to the industry. On Wednesday night, the comics were split up into two groups, for two showcases. While some seemed (understandably) nervous, or a little over-rehearsed, there were four comedians that really shined in their moment under the spotlight. Read More

    #TBT to a most “Silly Time” with the boys of WOMEN Comedy

    Every Thursday, TLB participates in #TBT by scrounging around the internet for precious web gems of yore. Here’s one of our favorite videos that deserve some extra attention.

    The WOMEN sketch group has been pumping out little web gems for about three years now, and this has to be my personal favorite. I’m not sure what it is that makes “Silly Time” my favorite. Is it Dave Ross and Allen Strickland Williams’ delightful, gleeful romp around the room that I enjoy so much? Or is it the final twist that makes this one incredibly hilarious sketch? I mean, overall, it’s just a silly good time.

    Learn more about Kurt Braunohler and Joe Zimmerman behind-the-scenes of “The Half Hour”

    Tomorrow marks the end of season three of Comedy Central’s The Half Hour. This summer is going out with a bang with thirty-minute specials from Kurt Braunohler and Joe Zimmerman. While you’re sitting there staring at your TV, anxiously awaiting these specials, take a second to learn more about the comics in these behind-the-scenes web exclusives from CC and director Scott Moran. Braunohler talks about his start in Brooklyn doing improv and his stint working as the dumbest computer tech support.

    Braunohler’s special airs Friday at midnight, with Zimmerman’s airing right after at 12:30am. Zimmerman talks about his start doing comedy in North Carolina and the worst gig he (or maybe any comedian) has ever done. Read More

    “Weird Al” Yankovic lands his first no. 1, first comedy chart topper in 51 years

    This week, “Weird Al” Yankovic had the honor of scoring his first ever #1 album on the Billboard 200. His 14th album, Mandatory Fun, became the first comedy album to hit the top spot since Allan Sherman’s My Son, the Nut  back in 1963. With an eight day binge of music video releases, the satirical genius sold over 104,000 copies between July 15th and July 20th. “Weird Al” beat out artists like Jason Mraz, Rise Against and Sam Smith to get his first #1. In the competitive arena of viral videos, Yankovic was able to gain double the exposure of artists such as Beyonce and Justin Timberlake in the last week putting him at the top of social media networks and shooting his online presence to new heights.

    The viral campaign was highly successful reaching audiences through multiple websites such as The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo, Nerdist, College Humor, PopCrush and YouTube. The Laugh Button has been covering “Weird Al” and his 8 days of video releases since the first video was released on July 14Yankovic’s take-off of Pharrell Williams’  “Happy” with the title “Tacky.”  Subsequent videos parodied of such hits like “Blurred Lines” called “Word Crimes,”which transformed the song into a tribute to bad grammar, “Royals,” about leftovers and other food jokes as “Foil.” He also spoofed “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea with a parody called “Handy”, which is what you would expect, a song about being a handyman. Later video releases included “Sports Song,” “Inactive,” “First World Problems” and “Lame Claim to Fame.” Read More

    Watch a teaser for the 12-day Simpsons marathon on FXX

    About a year ago it was announced that The Simpsons was going to be syndicated to networks outside of FOX affiliates. A few days ago FXX announced that it has acquired all 24 seasons of the show and will run a massive 12-day marathon of every episode ever beginning August 12th to launch the show on its network along with an interactive app. Massive. Today, FXX revved up the promo machine and released this teaser for the marathon, the world as we know it might never recover.

    Patton Oswalt releases a book about his love of classic films

    Comedian Patton Oswalt has released a new book, a memoir of sorts as well as an ode to classic cinema. In “Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life from an Addiction to Film,” Oswalt recounts the time he spent watching film after film at the New Beverly Cinema.

    Between 1995 and 1999, Oswalt had a heavy addiction to movies, often going to the cinema up to three nights a week, playing a major influence on his life.

    “Silver screen celluloid became Patton’s life schoolbook, informing his notions of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set in the nascent days of the alternative comedy scene, Oswalt’s memoir chronicles his journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective supporting him all along the way.”

    Oswalt’s “Silver Screen Fiend” is set to be released on January 6, 2015. The book is available for pre-order now, here.

    Reggie Watts sings a song about a horse on Conan (video)

    There’s so much to learn from this clip. First off, the awesomely talented Reggie Watts was a guest on Conan last night. Watts was there to promote a new album we know nothing about called Scarves & Cabbages. Third his backup players on this video clip are none other than ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Coheed And Cambria’s Travis Stever. Forth, the song is about a horse.

    I am all over the place with this information overload.