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  • Bill Hicks’ brother Steve to host Reddit AMA on April 24 in celebration of the catalog re-issues

    The Hicks BrothersWe’re about a week away from the re-release the entire Bill Hicks catalog after being out of print for a long time. Needless to say, we as comedy fans are furiously counting down the minutes until the day happens.

    Additionally, one week from today Fathom Events is going to hold a special showing of Comedy Dynamics Presents: Bill Hicks, a one-night only screening of Hicks’ special Relentless + a bonus documentary of never before seen footage and an interview with Bill’s brother Steve.

    While the interview with Steve Hicks is already taped and in the can, fans will have the chance to ask Steve any question they want about his brother when he takes part in a Reddit AMA on Friday April 24th. at 5pm ET. We all know Reddit is the place to be to get the real details from everyone. So mark your calendars for this Friday, squeegee your third eye, and fire off some killer questions.

    Tickets for the Fathom event local to you can be picked up here. All showings are on Monday, the 27th at 8pm local time.

    The Laugh Button Podcast: Linquistics lessons with Myq Kaplan

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    There’s a lot of amateur raps on this episode as Mark and Matt discuss the comedy news including Amy Schumer hosting the VMAs, HBO’s new season of comedy shows, and Letterman. They then welcome comedian Myq Kaplan onto the show to discuss his comedy career. Read More

    I Had To Follow That! Ari Shaffir has his confidence checked

    Ari Shaffir

    Ari Shaffir tells us a story about his early days coming up at The Comedy Store. He was working the door at the club and getting some stage time. With the experience under his belt, Shaffir was beginning to gain confidence. Confidence that was quickly put into check. Read More

    Preview Comedy Dynamics’ new stand-up series, “Coming To The Stage” hosted by Dan Levy

    Earlier, Comedy Dynamics announced it was launching a new original stand-up comedy series on its platform next month. The show, dubbed, Coming To The Stage highlights up and coming comedians that you should keep your eye on, giving a first TV look to much of the next wave of comedian. Dan Levy will host the six episode season which features comedians Ian Edwards, Sarah Schaefer, Joe Sib, Ian Abramson, and others. Well, today, they released a trailer for the show so we now have ourselves a first look at the series as well. Coming To the Stage hits VOD platforms May 6th.

    The Laugh Button Podcast: Story time with Danny Tamberelli

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    We welcome the one and only Danny Tamberelli who’s best known as one of the title characters on The Adventures of Pete And Pete. Since his time on the iconic show, Tamberelli’s become an accomplished musician, and currently spending time in the comedy troupe ManBoobs. Read More

    Comedy Dynamics launches new stand-up comedy series, “Coming To The Stage”

    ComingDan Levy hosts the first ever original series from Comedy Dynamics showcasing a new generation of comics to watch. Coming to the Stage is a weekly series that will be launching May 6th. It’s all about new faces, new stages, and new comedians. The six episode series launches on all Comedy Dynamics platforms with new episodes premiering weekly thereafter. For season one of Coming To The Stage, comedian Dan Levy champions a talented pool of up-and-coming comedians to watch. Levy hosts Ian Abramson, Benji Aflalo, Dave Anthony, Jen D’Angelo, James Davis, Matt McCarthy, Rob O’Reilly, Jesse Pop, Joe Sib, and Allen Strickland Williams. The goal of the show is to introduce the comedic talent that people will be talking about tomorrow. Comedy Dynamics President, Brian Volk-Weiss stated, “We’re so excited about Coming To The Stage being our first original series. As comedy lovers, it’s important to find and nurture new talent and provide a space for them to be discovered by comedy fans.” Comedy Dynamics recently released their first full-length feature film Adventures in Comedy back in February.

    Nightmare Gig: Joe DeRosa performed at a Bar Mitzvah

    Joe DeRosa - Nightmare Gig

    Every working comedian has at least one of those times. That moment when they take the stage and things just do not go as they should’ve. 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 show. While we were in Austin for SXSW, we asked our pal Joe DeRosa about that time he decided it was a good idea to accept a job at a Bar Mitzvah and tell a bunch of jokes to children. Read More

    The Laugh Button Podcast: We podcast with Iliza Shlesinger in Austin

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    Episode #10: Congratulations everyone! We hit double digits on the podcast this week! We’re almost teenagers. To celebrate Mark and Matt deliver all the comedy news of the week which includes all of the developments on the Super Troopers sequel, a new Patrice O’Neal documentary, and Broad F*ckin City. They then welcome Iliza Shlesinger onto the show to talk about life while down in Austin for SXSW. Read More

    10 questions for 10 years: Early podcasters Keith and The Girl hit the decade anniversary mark

    Keith and Chemda

    Keith and The Girl, abbreviated as KATG, is a comedy podcast that began in March of 2005. It is hosted by Keith Malley and Chemda Khalili in Queens, New York. The hosts are known for interacting with their audience live via chat rooms, web cam and phone calls. In the show, Malley and Khalili discuss their lives and current events in humorous and unrestrained fashion. Simply put and well stated, the show’s tagline sums it all up, “Keith and his ex-girlfriend talk shit”. These two were, and still are, at the forefront of what we now know as the current podcast universe that has been filled to the brim with shows so specific in genre, that there are podcasts podcasting about podcasts. Read More

    I Had To Follow That?!: Brooke Van Poppelen followed Jerry Seinfeld at a showcase

    Brooke Van Poppelen

    There’s a courtesy extended to celeb/veteran comedians that drop into clubs for spots, where they can go up on stage almost immediately, bumping other comedians on the bill back in the lineup as they do their set. While its a custom as old as the profession itself, it can be frustrating for the comic that gets bumped, particularly because they then have to follow said big time comedian. It happens to every comic at some point. Brooke Van Poppelen told us about the time this happened to her on a showcase and the one and only Jerry Seinfeld dropped in. Read More