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  • Comedian Andy Ritchie passes away after battle with brain tumor

    Photo: Cassie Wright
    Photo: Cassie Wright
    The world just lost another talented comedian. Andy Ritchie has passed away after a battle with a brain tumor. When it was revealed this summer that Ritchie had cancer his comedian friends Brendon Walsh, Colton Dunn, and Nick Swardson set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for his medical bills.

    The news and support for Andy spread far and wide, even getting shout outs from Daniel Tosh on Tosh.0 who held an auction to raise money. More than $100K dollars were raised for Andy’s bills. Then today, on Thanksgiving, we were given an update that nobody wanted to hear as Walsh broke the news that Andy had lost his battle with cancer.


    Andy passed away this afternoon at Hollywood Presbyterian. His mom, Ruby, and his brother Simon were all with him.

    I don’t know what else to say. He was a great guy. Listen to his album on Spotify or download it or whatever. He’s hilarious.

    Thanks for everything you all did to help. Have a good Thanksgiving.


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    Kyle Kinane showcases his mountain biking enthusiasm in new web series, “Outside Comedy”

    There’s a great web series we just learned about called Outside Comedy. It’s the brainchild of Thomas R. Wood where he talks a documentary-style approach to comedians as those comics discuss their hobbies and interests when they aren’t on stage. In the most recent episode of the series, Wood features Kyle Kinane who is an avid mountain biker when he’s not a stand-up comedian. Read More

    Matthew McConaughey hosted Saturday Night Live: Alright, Alright, Adele

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    It’s always fun when a host appears on Saturday Night Live just for the love of the show. Holiday episodes of the show always bring out the specialness of the holiday too. Particularly the Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes, they just make us all warm and fuzzy for New York and SNL. While it’s not required for them to be plugging a new movie, show, play, etc. a lot of them host SNL when they need that exposure. Matthew McConaughey was just around to be himself. He pulled off an admiral hosting job that featured a top notch Weekend Update, and a top notch musical guest. Let’s run it down. Read More

    Elizabeth Banks hosted Saturday Night Live: it was nearly Pitch Perfect

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    Let’s start this week off by declaring that we’ll make no more references to last weeks’ abysmal Donald Trump episode. Let’s just pretend it didn’t happen and hope this week they hope to get the show back on track with Elizabeth Banks. To combat this, the show dipped into some of its greatest hits to wash out the ol’ Trump taste. Banks came out to lead the charge and interject some spirit into the evening and it worked. Banks was fun, energetic, and down for a night of comedy. Let’s go to the tape. Read More

    Here’s the lineup for Big Jay Oakerson’s “What’s Your F@#king Deal” NBC SeeSo tapings

    WYFDA few weeks back we learned that NBC was launching a comedy only channel called SeeSo. A channel that would be a mix of classic and original comedy programming. One of the new shows coming to SeeSo is Big Jay Oakerson’s off-the-cuff crowd work showWhat’s Your F@#king Deal?. We’ve learned that the show is taping debut episodes over the course of 4 days in New York City.

    Between Sunday, November 15 through Wednesday, November 18th the show will tape twice a night at The Bitter End. Tickets can be found here for $5 (cheap). However, The Laugh Button can exclusively reveal the lineups for said shows.

    Oakerson and his producers have a stacked lineup of comedians set to tape for these shows, they include Read More

    Donald Trump hosted Saturday Night Live: Sometimes politics and comedy shouldn’t mix

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    It’s no surprise that Donald Trump is a polarizing character. Some think he’s a breath of fresh air into the dank air of the political system. Some think he’s a blowhardy mess. Hell, some even think a possibility he’s trolling us all. Whatever that reality might be, when it comes to politics, a swing by swing by Saturday Night Live is often a must stop when it comes to running for high office. Trump’s recent comments about immigration have come under fire, prompting planned protests at 30 Rock and even more vowing to boycott the show altogether. Well, if you were to judge the show based on just on merit alone, well the Donald was a real loser. Nary any of the laughs came from the host and it was frustrating to watch a cast that was frustrated with the circumstances they had for the week. Word got out that Trump had vetoes some sketches they had planned because they wouldn’t work for him politically. So rather than try to make the show funny and memorable, the job of a host, Trump went safe. Cranking out one of the lousiest episodes of the show we’ve seen in a long time. Read More

    Bill Burr’s animated Netflix series, “F Is For Family” has a debut date and a teaser clip

    Bill Burr is a dynamite comedian, and we’re soon going to learn that he’s also a dynamite writer, particularly when it comes to stories about his family. The long in development animated series, F Is For Family will debut on Netflix December 18th. Along with this news we have a teaser for the song, which features Redbone’s “Come And Get Your Love.” Which, thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy, is having a nice resurgence of popularity.

    “The Greatest American Hero” series being rebooted by FOX

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    To people of a certain age, the story of a bumbling teacher who came into possession of an alien super suit yet lost the instructions for it, doesn’t sound like a ridiculous improv premise; rather the plot of The Greatest American Hero. A fun superhero show, that aired before superhero shows were the norm from 1981 – 1983.

    It’s being reported that the team that brought new life into the 21 Jump Street movie screens are looking to try their luck again with an 80s cult TV show. Phil Lord and Chris Miller along with Dope writer-director Rick Famuyiwa are teaming up with Tawnia McKiernan, the daughter of GAH’s original creator, Steven J. Cannell. Read More

    HBO cancels “The Brink” after giving it the initial green light for season 2

    The BrinkThe terrifically underrated HBO comedy, The Brink is not getting a second season. After HBO originally decided to renew the political comedy for another round, it has since changed its mind and decided it was not going to move forward with a second season. It’s unfortunate, because the show was some of Tim Robbin’s funniest work in a while.

    HBO released a statement about the series citing time was the factor for cancelling season 2. “After evaluating our schedule and our programming needs, we unfortunately decided we cannot give The Brink the attention it deserves for a second season.” The network added, “We are proud of the first season and wish everyone involved in this show the very best.”

    The Brink featured a great ensemble of characters including Robbins, Jack Black, Aasif Mandvi, Carla Gugino, and Pablo Schreiber as politicians, military servicemen, and CIA agents, attempting to navigate politics in the Middle East that are about to cause a nuclear war.

    Ricky Gervais to return as host of the 2016 Golden Globes

    Ricky Gervais - Golden GlobesRicky Gervais as the host of an awards show has been a pretty polarizing job. After three stints as the host of the Golden Globes, both of which he was mocked by celebs, declared to have “crossed the line” by the then-president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Though Gervais did declare he’d never host again, today news broke that The Office creator will once again return as host of the 2016 Golden Globe Awards.

    Granted, some time has passed since it Gervais annoyed most of Hollywood on one of its biggest nights. And both Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had a great run in the sun as hosts for the last 3 years. But Ricky’s return isn’t a big surprise, though he ruffled some feathers, The Golden Globes benefited greatly in ratings with Gervais as the host. Additionally, his off-the-cuff antics will definitely keeping people wondering what he’ll say next.

    Can Fey and Poehler at least return and present an award at least?