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  • Warped Tour Comedy Tent tour diary: Meet the comedians

    Warped Tour Comedians

    With the Comedy Tent burning up along on all 41 dates of the Vans Warped Tour, we thought it would make sense to introduce you to some of the comedians on the tour. So, we fired up our cameras, gave some microphones to the comedians and let them introduce themselves to you. Get to know the comedians form the Comedy Tent on The Warped Tour. Read More

    The Laugh Button Podcast #24: American Ninja Warrior host Matt Iseman

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    For 4th of July what’s more American than a show with “America” in its title? Mark and Matt welcome comedian and host of American Ninja Warrior Matt Iseman as we talk about his comedy career, the popularity of the show, and get a bit of a behind the scenes look at what it’s like behind the scenes on the physically demanding reality TV show. In the news we talk Ghostbusters, some new documentaries, and UCB hitting a milestone. Read More

    Cool thing to buy this week: Uncabaret Presents: Taylor Negron

    Taylor Negron

    PURCHASE: Amazon | iTunes
    At the top of the year comedian and actor Taylor Negron passed away from liver cancer at the age of 57. While that news is crushing in and of itself, Negron was always “that guy from that thing.” Appearing in movies like Fast Times At Ridgemont High and The Last Boy Scout to TV shows like Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. In a nearly 30+ year career in the entertainment business. A large portion of Negron’s life was spent making people laugh as he performed stand-up. So it’s nearly impossible to realized that Negron never released a proper stand-up comedy album.

    In an attempt to correct this oversight, Comedy Dynamics has put together a new stand-up album, UnCabaret Presents: Taylor Negron, which is available at all digital retailers. Negron was a regular at LA’s series UnCabaret, clocking in hours of stand-up comedy at the long running live show. Those hours have been combed through and this album puts together some of his best material as an audience favorite. Read More

    The Laugh Button Podcast #23: Back to the drawing board with Lisa Lampanelli

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    This week comedian Lisa Lampanelli joins us for a conversation about her career in comedy and new stand-up special, Back To The Drawing Board which premieres on EPIX Friday, June 26th at 10pm. In the comedy news the President podcasts with Marc Maron and stand-up continues to rule the world. Give it a listen, let ‘er rip. Read More

    The Laugh Button Podcast #22: It’s on Side One… Dummy

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    Mark and Matt are in Los Angeles for the kickoff of The 2015 Vans Warped Tour. TLB is the presenter of the tour’s comedy tent, which will be on the tour for the first time this year. In addition to taking in some great comedy shows, we speak with SideOneDummy records co-founder and comedian Joe Sib as well as Eli Ostberg, two of the men responsible for the comedy portion of the tour this year. We discuss parallels of music and comedy business, favorite records, and the business of the Warped Tour. Comedian Grant Cotter was also supposed to join us on the podcast but scheduling issues arose, shout out to Grant! Read More

    The Laugh Button Podcast #21: Hanging with John Leguizamo at BookCon

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    Our 21st episode! We’re legally old enough to drink now. This week on the podcast Mark and Matt welcome the one and only John Leguizamo live on the scene at our stand-up show at BookCon 2015. John is set to release a graphic novel of his one man show Ghetto Klown this fall. In the news we talk Seinfeld, festivals, and favorite stand-up specials of the year (so far). Read More

    Stream Comedy Central’s Spotify playlist to get your Bonnaroo comedy fix

    Comedy Central BonnarooBonnaroo kicks off this weekend. In addition to a terrific music lineup the festival has hosted a string of really great comedians in the venue’s Comedy Theatre. This year the comedy lineup is stellar, featuring the likes of Chris Hardwick, Reggie Watts, Jeff Ross, Ralphie May, Natasha Leggero, Nick Thune, Dan Soder, Big Jay Oakerson, Ari Shaffir, Cameron Esposito, Ian Edwards, and Mark Normand. You will notice that about 5/6 of this lineup have released comedy albums of specials on Comedy Central Records. The folks at Comedy Central noticed this as well and curated a custom Spotify playlist that allows you to hear stand-up from these comedians. So if you plan on heading to Tennessee this weekend or not, you can have yourself your own Bonnaroo experience wherever you’re at.

    Listen here and remember to hydrate.

    Cool thing to buy this week: Joe Sib’s debut, Don’t Call Me Dude Bro

    Joe Sib - DCMDB
    Joe Sib Don’t Call Me Dude, Bro!
    Purchase: Bandcamp

    This week, our pal Joe Sib, the co-founder of SideOneDummy records released his debut stand-up album. Sib’s Don’t Call Me Dude Bro is about growing up from stage dives to parenthood. The EP is available as a digital of physical album, which you can pick up on his Bandcamp page. It’s a comedy rock EP, which in and of itself is a fun idea to put out when it comes to comedy. In true DIY spirit, the CD artwork from the special features hand drawn artwork and a limited cover design.

    Sib’s 2011 one man show California Calling: Growing up Punk, solidified his success as comedic storyteller. In a twist of irony, his tales of youthful rebellion and irritating his own parents now serve his audience a blend of karmic stand-up comedy as he attempts to navigate his own role as a father of two. In 2014, Joe launched the monthly SideOneDummy Storytellers show in Hollywood. He has performed at the SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Fun Fun Fun Fest, FYF Fest, the Laugh Factory and Improv Comedy clubs. When he’s not lamenting his lost youth or fatherhood, Joe hosts the Complete Control radio show on 98.7FM in Los Angeles and nationally select cities. Read More

    Nightmare Gig: Scott Aukerman deals with a heckler

    Nightmare Gig - Scott Aukerman

    Every working comedian has at least one of those moments in their career. That moment when they take the stage and things just do not go as they wanted. Weather it be a bad venue, audience, or bad jokes, the show turns from bad show to a nightmare. Nightmare Gig is when The Laugh Button asks a comedian to describe their most horrific stand-up moment. This time we asked Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman to tell us his story. As it sometimes does, it involved a heckler. Read More

    Exclusive: Michael Che to release Netflix special in 2016

    Photo by Mike Lee
    Photo by Mike Lee

    The Laugh Button has learned that comedian and Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchor Michael Che will be releasing his first full-length special on Netflix in February 2016. We caught up with the former corespondent for The Daily Show turned anchor over the weekend at the third installment of the Limestone Comedy Festival where he told us the news. Read More