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  • 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

    Chris Laker “Moments of Greatness” (review)

    Chris Laker - Moments of GreatnessIn an interview with Cringe Humor, Chris Laker was asked how he would describe his comedy to someone who’s never seen his act. “I talk about grown-up sh*t,” Laker affirmed.

    Yes, he totally does.

    “I’ve made some life choices that maybe not everybody has done.”

    Yes, he totally has.

    “I dunno…it’s just me and how I look at…stuff.”

    Absolutely. You can almost envision a squinty-eyed man thoughtfully scratching his head – perhaps raking his fingers through the threads of his beard – before deciding, maybe ultimately, that he’s going to stop cutting both his hair and his beard. The album kicks off with Laker bringing us into the enigma of his appearance: he doesn’t know why he looks the way he does, but he does know that the “Castaway jokes are coming.” Read More

    Hampton Yount is recording an album on August 15th in LA

    Again, this summer has been full of album recordings. Before the season ends, LA comedian Hampton Yount will be recording a new album at the NerdMelt Showroom. Via ASpecialThing records, the album, entitled Bearable, will be Yount’s second album after his first, Unbearable,which is available for free on his website. The new album is coming right off the heels of Yount being named one this year’s “New Faces of Comedy” at Just For Laughs Montreal.

    Yount also appeared on the current season of Last Comic Standing, and the first season of Adam Devine’s House Party. In addition to JFL, he has done the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SXSW, Gilda’s Laughfest, Comedy Central’s Miami Comedy Festival, and the New York Comedy Festival. Yount has also written for shows like MTV’s Ridiculousness, and Adult Swim’s Loiter Squad.

    Comedians Christian Duguay and Andy Haynes will join Yount for the recording on August 15th. The recording is free to attend and will offer free beer. Holy sh*t, go people, go!

    You can order your free tickets, here.

    “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

    Cool thing to buy this week: Mark Normand, “Still Got It”

    There is 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.

    Mark Normand, Still Got ItMark Normand: Still Got It
    Purchase: Amazon | iTunes

    Mark Normand’s much anticipated debut stand-up comedy album gets released today via Comedy Central Records. Normand has been building a name for himself in the comedy scene for a while now. Last year he won the Carolines March Madness competition and performed at many festivals and venues around North America. Often viewed as one of the next big acts in stand-up, Mark Normand has appeared on Conan, Inside Amy Schumer, John Oliver’s New York Stand-up Show, Comedy Central, and competed in this season of Last Comic Standing.

    This is a big week for Normand as well, his episode of The Half Hour on Comedy Central premieres on Friday, July 18 as well as a Conan appearance Wednesday night. Still Got It was taped in front of a packed house at the Comedy Club on State in Madison, WI. Normand covers everything from being hit on at a gay bar to his love for the Jews. It’s an album you don’t want to miss. Read More

    Guy Branum to record his debut album July 31st in LA

    Guy BranumStand-up Guy Branum is set to record his first comedy album at the end of the month. On Thursday, July 31st, Branum will record at the Nerdmelt Showroom in Los Angeles for A Special Thing records.

    In addition to being a popular stand-up, Branum has also worked as a staff writer on Chelsea Lately and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. He was also a contestant on Last Comic Standing this summer, and has appeared on MTV, G4, Current TV, and in the film No Strings Attached.

    The Nerdmelt Showroom has proven to be a good spot for comedians to record their albums. There’s no doubt the popular room will be just as kind for Branum’s show. The recording is free to attend and will serve free beer, so… what reason is there to miss this? Fact: there isn’t one.

    Cool thing to buy this week: “Bad Words” on DVD

    There is 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.

    Bad WordsBad Words
    Purchase: Amazon

    Jason Bateman makes his directorial debut in the very funny, Bad Words, out this week. Bateman stars in the film as well, playing 40-year-old Guy Trilby. Trilby is an eighth grade dropout who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble by entering the competition. He takes no prisoners as he easily crushes the dreams of many eighth graders, angers the contest officials and pisses off parents on his journey to win. When he moves up the ranks, towards nationals, reporter Jenny Widgeon (Kathryn Hahn) tries to discover the true motivation behind Trilby’s fierce competition. As the bee moves on, Trilby befriends 10-year-old Indian contestant, Chaitanya (Rohan Chand). Trilby calls him Slumdog and introduces the awkward young boy to things like shoplifting, alcohol and hookers. This comedy is out on July 8 on DVD and Blu-ray. Read More