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  • Dan Telfer is recording is new album November 15th in LA

    The wonderful Dan Telfer is gearing up to record his new album this fall. Telfer will hit Los Angeles’ Nerdmelt Showroom, a popular spot for recordings lately, to record his second full-length album on November 15th via ASpecialThing records.

    Telfer had previously released his first full-length album Tendrils of Ruin also through AST records in 2012, following his EP Fossil Records which was released as a split with Greg Proops and Paul F. Tompkins. Telfer has performed at both Chicago and Montreal Just For Laughs festivals, currently writes for Comedy Central’s @Midnight, and had one of the greatest late night sets of all time debating “The Best Dinosaur” on The Pete Holmes Show.

    Telfer will be joined by fellow comedians Emily Heller, Maria Bamford, and Ricky Carmona who will open the show. The recording is free to attend and will offer free beer. What the hell more could you want? Reserve your seats now, here. Read More

    Cool thing to buy this week: Dan Mintz “The Stranger”

    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.

    The StrangerDan Mintz: The Stranger
    Purchase: iTunes | Amazon

    If you’ve ever watched Bob Burgers, you’ve probably wondered how the voice actor who plays Tina Belcher sounds when she’s out of character. Turns out this she is a he, and that Tina’s voice and his are identical. His name is Dan Mintz, and he’s also a stand-up comedian whose jokes are delivered in that exact same voice. Imagine a far more confident, but still sympathetically awkward, male version of Tina telling some of the funniest jokes in comedy right now, and you have an idea of what you’ll experience when listening to The Stranger.

    If anything, Mintz’ debut album proves that, despite the inevitable Tina narrative preceding any discussion of his work, he’s so much more than just a Bob’s Burgers character. Read More

    Cameron Esposito “Same Sex Symbol” might prove that she is indeed a Thundercat (review)

    Cameron EspositoIn her video for album track “Woman Who Doesn’t Sleep with Men” where she shuts down a heckler, Cameron Esposito summed up her outspoken brand of comedy. And in a 2013 op-ed piece for the Advocate in which she said, “I’m not going to hide my sexuality. Because if I stop talking about my life and my sexuality with some degree of candor – not even a huge degree, but some! – then comedy is just left with a sea of dude comics miming wieners onstage forever. I don’t hear myself represented onstage, and that’s OK. I’ll represent myself. I’m happy to,” she proved herself both a comedian and an activist. Representing herself and subsequently her unique perspective is exactly what she does on her latest stand-up album, Same Sex Symbol, in stores this week. Read More

    Cool thing to buy this week: Bill Burr “Live At Andrew’s House” on vinyl

    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.

    Bill Burr - LAAHBill Burr: Live At Andrew’s House on vinyl
    Purchase: Third Man Records

    Bill Burr’s fourth comedy album, and his first since 2010’s Let It Go is no ordinary CD. Actually, it’s not a CD at all; it only exists as a vinyl pressed by legendary musician Jack White’s Third Man Records. Although Burr isn’t the first comedian to have work published on Third Man, he’s one of a few to have their jokes committed to wax as high-quality and thick as this label’s. It’s an appropriate treatment, since the album was recorded at the prestigious Carnegie Hall; that’s why it’s called Live at Andrew’s House. Yes, as in Andrew Carnegie. Yup, even the title of this thing is a clever joke, which is a strong indicator of how funny the album is. Read More

    Jared Logan’s debut album “My Brave Battle” to be released October 14

    Jared LoganJared Logan is a powerhouse. The high energy comedian is one of the fastest rising stars in the New York comedy scene, and recently recorded his first album. Logan’s debut album, My Brave Battle, will be released on October 14th via ASpecialThing Records.

    Recorded at Nashville’s The High Watt, the West Virginia native talks about his lineage of coal miners, growing up Pentecostal, the ways of the redneck, adult Disney people, and more. Earlier this year, Logan performed on The Pete Holmes Show, @Midnight, and  Comedy Central’s The Meltdown. Logan also recorded a Comedy Central Half Hour, performed on Live at Gotham, and created and starred in the web-series Don’t You Think? Read More

    Jonah Ray announces launch of new record label, Literally Figurative Records

    Today, comedian Jonah Ray announced via Tumblr that he is launching a new comedy/music record label. According to Ray, his new label, Literally Figurative Records, will be launched via AST records and Ryan McManenim and Matt Belknap (who’s own label Ray had previously released an album under).

    “I had always thought it would be neat to treat my comedy as if it were a band. By making buttons, stickers, and of course, putting out a 7” record. The 7” record is usually a punk/indie bands first release, and I never got to a point with any of my bands to do it. So, when Ryan asked me if I was interested in doing exactly that, I couldn’t say no,” writes Ray.

    In the post, Ray teased the first few projects to be released under the label including vinyls of Nick Youseff’s new album, Stop Not Owning This, a debut 7″ record from Paige Weldon, and an LP from Matt Dwyer. Read More

    Bill Burr to release “Live At Andrew’s House” on vinyl September 30th

    Bill Burr - LAAHOn September 20th, Bill Burr will release a vinyl album, Live From Andrew’s House. Recorded live at Burr’s legendary 2011 Carnegie Hall performance and the folks at Third Man Records are pressing and putting the comedy out for sale. It’s a documentation of Burr’s performance of material that he was working on that went into his third stand-up special.

    “As a stand-up comedian, to get to perform at Carnegie Hall is a milestone; so when I found out that I got that gig I knew I wanted to document the performance,” stated Burr. “Most of the material on this album is the same material that eventually became the special You People Are All The Same and I didn’t want to screw over people by putting out two DVDs with similar material. So this is a special release of that performance that will be on vinyl only.” Read More

    Cool thing to buy this week: Greer Barnes “See What I’m Saying”

    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.

    Greer Barnes - See What I'm SayingGreer Barnes: See What I’m Saying
    Purchase: Amazon | iTunes

    Although Greer Barnes has shared the screen with Kevin Costner and received some recent recognition on Last Comic Standing, he still remains a relatively obscure performer. Sure, Louis C.K. subtly praised Barnes on his eponymously titled show Louie, but this mention still hasn’t propelled Barnes to stardom. With the release of his debut comedy album, See What I’m Saying, that’s all set to change. The title is properly indicative of how hard listeners will find themselves laughing: See What I’m Saying attests to how listeners can envision Barnes on stage acting out his jokes as he tells them on record. It’s an idea inspired by none other than Richard Pryor, whose albums motivated Barnes to pursue comedy in his formative years. From Pryor’s words and tones, Barnes found himself easily able to conjure images of the comedian performing his jokes; while listening to See What I’m Saying, which has topics ranging from President Obama to dick jokes and Boy Scouts, it’s hard not to do the same. Read More

    Chris Turner is taping a stand-up special at the Hollywood Improv on September 11th

    Chris TurnerHollywood folks listen up. British comedian Chris Turner is taping a new special in your neck of the woods and you should get yourself hooked up with free tickets so you can have your crowd laughs put on wax and immortalized.

    Case in point, Chris Turner is taping a new special for Comedy Dynamics on Thursday night (9/11) at the Hollywood Improv at 8pm. Tickets are free if you fill out this form and show up in time for all the British humor and pun jokes you can ask for.

    Turner is a young comedian that you should keep your eye on, especially if you’re the type of person that enjoys comedians who excel with the one liners and puns. Could he be the next Jeselnik, Hedberg, or Burnham? You’ll have to wait and see. Read More

    Mark Normand, “Still Got It” and never lost it

    Mark Normand, Still Got ItWho is Mark Normand? Well, he won Caroline Comedy Club’s March Madness competition, and he was voted the Village Voice’s “Top Comedian of 2013″ – yes, THAT Village Voice – the first alternative newspaper in the United States; the one that Norman Mailer co-founded.

    You might be thinking, “Ah, so he’s probably a club comic. That’s why I haven’t heard of him.” Why you may be thinking that is your business, but you should know that Mark has made television appearances on (among others), Conan, John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Last Comic Standing, and most recently a Half Hour special on Comedy Central.

    You might be thinking, “Oh, wow. He must have mass appeal.” You’re correct, and it’s because he jokes about everything. Normand’s first album, Still Got It, serves up an all-you-can-eat buffet of jokes about race, sexism, homophobia, religion, trying to relate to the opposite sex, alcohol, drugs, sex, animals, the elderly, and generally being a social outlier – the last of which he manages to apply to just about everything, even day jobs. Read More