With this holiday weekend approaching, we here at The Laugh Button feel obligated to tell you how to get as many laughs as possible out of your Thanksgiving weekend. You know, just because it’s a holiday weekend doesn’t mean the comedy world is asleep! Nope, totally the opposite: with how many stand-up options you have between your involuntary food coma and your return to Monday’s obligations, it’s pretty appropriate to call this year’s holiday Laughsgiving. Below, you can find a slew of stand-up dates in big cities all across the country, prefaced by a highly NSFW, totally timely description of Patrice O’Neal revolting some elite older ladies with his description of “the dirty turkey.” Let’s hope you don’t react the same way to your holiday meat. Read More
FX is in a giving/thankful mood because they just dropped six, coun’t ‘em six promos for season six of Archer (premiering January 8th). They center around the staff getting re-certified by Krieger to enter back into the spy world. As we remember, in season five, the cast did a 180 from the spy game and became drug dealers in Miami because they became in possession of a ton of cocaine. A re-boot of sorts because the show’s creators were simply a bit bored. Read More
On December 19th, Craig Ferguson will be stepping down as host of CBS’s The Late Late Show. New host James Corden will step in to take over on March 9th, and until then the show will run by a string of guest hosts.
According to Deadline, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow, Will Arnett, Wayne Brady, Drew Carey, Thomas Lennon, Billy Gardel, Sean Hayes, John Mayer, and Kunal Nayyar will fill in. Carey will book-end the fill-in schedule hosting the first week, January 5-9, and the last week, March 2-6.
With both CBS’s late night shows turning over a new chapter this year, many people called for more diversity in late night. These guest spots could serve as “future auditions” for possible late night gigs, so it is unfortunate to see a continued lack of diversity in these guest host gigs. CBS is diversifying their line-up a bit with Hayes, Brady, and Nayyar but didn’t line-up any women for a hosting gig. Also, John Mayer?
Sadly, not every sketch written for Saturday Night Live makes the show. So Seth Meyers decided to revive some shot-down sketch on his “Second Chance Theater” on Late Night. This week Jason Sudeikis joins the Second Chance players for a sketch called “Juggling Flyer.” Poor Jason, people these days just don’t care about juggling. It’s a shame.
Don’t you hate it when everyone starts singing Christmas carols in November? What about those good ole classic Thanksgiving carols? Well fear not, you can get all your favorite carols on Comedy Bang! Bang!‘s Now (This Is What We Are Referring To As Music): Thanksgiving Carols. Scott Aukerman, Reggie Watts, and Amber Tamblyn sing all your favorite, like “Dark Meat,” “Yams,” “Pizza This Year,” and many more. Only $1,000? What a steal!
There’s a lot of stuff out there in the world vying for both your attention and your hard-earned dollars. The Laugh Button is here to help you make the right decisions when it comes to purchasing funny things. Here’s what’s cool to buy this week.
Even if Michael Kosta’s comedy weren’t notable, he’d still be a fascinating figure. This is a guy who successfully transitioned from playing tennis professionally to enjoying a successful stand-up career. Weird, right? This oddity might account for what makes Comedy for Attractive People so special. Kosta’s idiosyncrasies dominate this album and ensure that his somewhat touchy topics are greeted with laughter rather than silence, offense, and confusion.
Comedy for Attractive People is appropriately hilarious for someone whose resume includes stand-up stints on Conan and Chelsea Lately, as well as a half hour special on Comedy Central. He’s also slated to host a new Joe McHale pilot, so he’s clearly capable of excellent humor. His new record proves this ability: each of the twenty-eight tracks on Kosta’s record combine social commentary with great jokes, and though he isn’t nearly the first performer with this approach, he does this style well. “Skype, Sex, and Black People” is deemed unoffensive in his hands, for example; rather, it’s a hysterical piece on par with some of the best stand-up comedy out there today. With jokes this excellent and widely appealing, it’s safe to say that not only Attractive People will laugh constantly throughout this album. Read More
Last week we mentioned that Nore Davis will release his debut comedy album, Home Game this week on Black Friday. Today, he dropped a video sketch featuring a track from said album. It features Damien Lemon and Grizz Ghapman from 30 Rock and portrays Davis’ being from the hood.
Well, this is a fun piece of news to report on before the holiday season kicks off. After a killer time in paradise with 30+ of some of the best comedians working today, The Maui Comedy Festival has announced that it will be returning for a second season. The festival will once again take place in Lahaina over Halloween weekend, October 29th through November 1st, 2015.
Festival producers are be putting a special edition early bird VIP pass on sale at 12:01 am HST on Black Friday (November 28th, 2014). The pass will reward purchasers of this special pass at the 2015 festival with still to be announced exclusive gifts and access. They’re also offering up special festival room rates for the festival with their hospitality sponsor, The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort. In addition to ticket packages, room packages are already available starting on the 28th. So you can plan your comedy trip now!
All the details are available at www.mauicomedyfestival.com.
We were at the inaugural Maui Comedy Festival last month, read our coverage here.
This week, NBC posted online a cut sketch from last week’s SNL hosted by Cameron Diaz. Diaz stars alongside a large handful of cast members in this a Def Jam/TED Talks hybrid show hosted by Jay Pharoah as Russell Simmons. The sketch was written by Michael Che and Bryan Tucker. I know it’s been said before many times, but I’m sure glad Che is back on the SNL team. Check it out.
There’s a big holiday happening this week! No, not Thanksgiving. Not Black Friday. Not even Wednesday, the biggest club night of the year. I’m talking about today, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, known as Harassment Day.
What is Harassment Day you ask? Well, it’s the brainchild of the late, great Patrice O’Neal. O’Neal introduced the concept to the world on his special, Elephant In The Room. A special that we watch every year on this day. It’s just a tradition we as comedy fans must keep alive. And with that, we will let Patrice explain the particulars.
No, but seriously, if you haven’t watched Elephant In The Room at least 5 times you cannot consider yourself a comedy fan.