Today’s the day Saturday Night Live alum Brooks Wheelan releases his debut comedy album entitled This is Cool, Right? Brooks went to University of Iowa and got a biomedical engineering degree, but then decided to pursue comedy. In 2013 he made his television debut on Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party. And in 2012, he was invited to perform at the New York Comedy Festival as a part of Comedy Central’s Top 10 Comics to Watch. Wheelan was a breakout performer as a new face at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal as well as the Comedy Central South Beach Comedy Festival. He’s also performed on Conan. You can grab his new album from Comedy Dynamics on iTunes, Amazon, and be sure to follow him on twitter. He recently filmed an episode of Girls. And wrapped up Stereotypically You, a feature film starring Kelen Coleman (The Newsroom, The McCarthy’s), as well as Chris and Abby Elliot (SNL). Stay Tuned.
Bon Qui Qui would find it “Rude!” if her new album Gold Plated Dreams wasn’t heard. From working in King Burger to a new hip-hop artist, Bon Qui Qui set out to make it in the hip-hop world with her overly ghetto, fabulous and hilarious album. After “I’m A Cut You” became a hit on YouTube, it was clear she needed to make more music that’s just as funny. Bon Qui Qui is a character created by Anjelah Johnson-Reyes. Bon Qui Qui propelled Anjelah Johnson-Reyes’ career forward after her character was a huge hit. She made her original appearance on MadTv working at King Burger and dealing with complicated customers. The MadTv sketch reached over 65 million views after airing. Her antics made an impression, especially her small segment of beatboxing and rapping. This led Bon Qui Qui to make her single, “I’m A Cut You.” With over 3 million views on YouTube, Bon Qui Qui’s legacy continues to grow. Gold Plated Dreams is available now.
Making a strong first impression can be intimidating. Meeting a potential employer, the future in-laws, casting agents, business partners, etc. is cause for countless hours of preparation. If your mirror could talk back to you, you would hope it had words of encouragement before you stepped out of the door. If not, you may become a wicked queen and give away poison apples. When comics are prepping their debut album, they know every last joke has to be polished like your grandfather’s Cadillac. Harlem’s own Neko White has been building towards his debut album Introducing… Me since his first time on stage seven years ago. What’s most impressive is the fact that seven years ago, White was only 14! As far as first impression go? If this album were a first job interview, White would be hired before an employor sees the other candidates. Read More
Kyle Kinane, a hands-down favorite of us schlubs at The Laugh Button is about to drop a new comedy special, I Liked His Old Stuff Better on masses (and we can’t be more excited about it). Kinane previous revealed that his special would air on the 23rd, but now more details have been released. Read More
It’s always amazing in today’s non-stop world how we can get through the day. The morning commute and rush hour traffic squeeze a 9-to-5 into the worst sandwich since KFC put bacon and heart disease between two slabs of fried chicken. Evenings after work deal with bad dates, text message fights, broken plans, short bank accounts, and of course laundry (I hate doing laundry). The week can be a marathon and exhausting. If you’re Liz Miele, you beat stress by reworking life’s bumpy road into a solid comedy act. Her debut album Emotionally Exhausting proves your day doesn’t have to suck if you can laugh.
I completely forgot I was stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic while listening to Miele’s album. I didn’t mind getting cut off because I was laughing the whole ride home. And if I didn’t laugh, it was only because I was too amazed how smart her routines were. The album made me want pull over start rewriting my own material. The Brooklyn comic’s bits are well constructed like a Park Slope brownstone. With topics ranging from riding the late-night subway, relationships based on couch access, and even the disadvantages of health food, Miele’s perspective is relatable while staying original. Read More
Many comedians are kicking off 2015 by recording a comedy album, including LA comedian Nate Craig. Announced via Twitter, Craig will be recording a new album at Zanies in Chicago this week, January 8-10. This will be Craig’s second album after 2013’s Infinity.
Craig started performing stand-up in Madison, WI before moving to Chicago. While in the Windy City he studied at the famous Second City conservatory for two years. He has since performed at the HBO Las Vegas Comedy Festival and was also featured at the 2007 DC Comedy Festival. Craig has also appeared Last Call with Carson Daly, Funny Or Die and Comedy Central.
You can purchase your tickets, here.
Back in November, comedian Brooks Wheelan recorded his debut album. According to Wheelan’s Twitter, the album, entitled This Is Cool, Right?, will be released on January 27th. Recorded at Madison, WI’s Comedy Club on State, the album will be released via Comedy Dynamics.
Wheelan was a cast member on Saturday Night Live for the show’s 39th season. He’s also performed stand-up on Conan and on the first season of Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party. Wheelan has performed at the New York Comedy Festival as part of Comedy Central’s Top 10 Comics to Watch, the Montreal Just For Laughs festival, the South Beach Comedy Festival, Omaha’s Crom Fest and more.
More wonderful album news! Comedian Greg Proops subtly announced on his Twitter earlier this month that he would be recording a new comedy album in the new year. Proops will record his latest over two nights on January 2nd and 3rd at The Punchline in San Francisco.
The comedian has previously released four albums; 1997’s Back in the UK, 2007’s Houston We Have a Problem, Joke Book, 2009’s Elsewhere, and 2010’s Greg Proops Digs In! Proops is also the host of the very popular podcast The Smartest Man in the Room, which he frequently takes on his travels for live recordings. Proops is well known for being a regular guest on both the British and American versions of Who’s Line is it Anyway? He was also a recurring guest on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Chelsea Lately, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and the Harmontown podcast.
Proops will record his album over four shows. You can purchase your tickets, here.
On Jan. 20th, 2015 Bon Qui Qui’s Gold Plated Dreams become a reality with the release of her debut album on Warner Music Nashville. Anjelah Johnson-Reyes takes her alter-ego from the nail salon to the recording studio to deliver us eight tracks including “I’m a Cut You”, already at 3 million views on YouTube.
Bon Qui Qui has been viewed and replicated by 65 million people worldwide. Anjelah has come a long way from being a professional cheerleader with the Oakland Raiders. She was a MadTV cast member, released 2 hour long specials, and starred in the feature Enough Said, lent her voice to The Book of Life, and appeared on The Shield, Ugly Betty, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. All while touring the stand-up circuit nationwide.
You can pre-order here: Gold Plated Dreams
With award season just around the bend, the nominations are just starting to pour through. During an all-day musical event, the nominations for the 2015 Grammy Awards were announced today. In the category for “Best Comedy Album,” comedians “Weird Al” Yankovic, Jim Gaffigan, Louis C.K., Patton Oswalt, and Sarah Silverman fill out the ballot.
“Weird Al”‘s latest album, Mandatory Fun, making the ballot is the least surprising. The comedian did almost-impossibly, landing number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Mandatory Fun was the first comedy album in 51 years to earn that distinction. Gaffigan earns his second Grammy nomination for his latest album Obsessed, which was Comedy Central’s most watched comedy special of the year. Louis C.K. also earned his second nomination for his latest album, Oh My God. His previous album, Hilarious, earned the comedian his first Grammy nomination and win in 2012. Oswalt’s latest album, Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, lands the comic his third Grammy nomination. Sarah Silverman earns her first nomination for her album We Are Miracles, just coming right off the heels of her WGA Award nomination.
The 2015 Grammy Awards will air on February 8th on CBS. No matter who wins, we can all be happy it isn’t Kathy Griffin.