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  • Comedy festival and suicide prevention, Maui Comedy Festival partners with The American Federation for Suicide Prevention

    Maui Comedy Festival - AFSPSuicide is a serious condition that many struggle with. Things once again hit the comedy community all too close the recent death of Robin Williams. It’s in his honor that the Maui Comedy Festival has announced a partnership with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In addition to donating a portion of all event proceeds to the AFSP, the Festival hopes to provide a new platform for continuing the dialog surrounding suicide and depression.

    The producers of the Maui Comedy Festival recognize that mental illness and suicide disproportionately affect the comedy community and has been responsible for taking some of the greatest comedic souls far too early. Read More

    The Laugh Button presents “SideOneDummy Storytellers: What Band Changed Your Life?” on November 7th

    Attention readers of The Laugh Button, we’re excited to announce that on Friday, November 7th we will be presenting the first-ever New York edition of SideOneDummy Storytellers. This show usually takes place in the offices of the LA Punk Rock label SideOneDummy where label co-founder and comedian Joe Sib invites his comedian and musician friends to come by and tell stories about growing up and music’s influence on them. Read More

    This Week on TV: Premieres and pickles

    This is one of our favorite times of year. Mainly because during the next few weeks all the new TV shows will make their premieres. Returning favs and new ones we get to pick apart (we’ll be launching our Fall TV Comedy Guide shortly). But in the meantime, revel in the fact that lots of great people are hanging out in late night this week. Also, watch the pilot of the new animated [adult swim] show Mr. Pickles, which is the touching story of a boy and his evil dog. Read More

    W. Kamau Bell on “The Unbearable Whiteness of Late Night”

    W. Kamau Bell“But the people who run late night don’t need us blacks to host anymore. Once Arsenio left, late night picked the bones of his show. They picked them so clean that when he came back there wasn’t enough to make it feel as different as it had been the first time. Late night didn’t need a black host because it had all the black host’s guests.”

    – W. Kamau Bell’s op-ed on Buzzfeed about why we will not see much diversity in late night television because it’s taken everything it needs from black pioneers like Arsenio Hall.

    It turns out that David Letterman enjoys being yelled at by Billy Eichner

    Last night Billy Eichner paid visit to David Letterman. It’s kinda fitting to see this happen as Eichner was a comedian whom Joan Rivers backed and repeatedly told Late Show bookers that they had to check out and get on the show. So Eichner being on the show is a final, subtle tribute to Rivers in a way. But it didn’t take long for Billy to earn his way back on the show as he entertained the crap out of the late night host and played games with Letterman who demanded some yelling. The games included “Celebrity Child or Kentucky Derby Winner?” and “Dead or Boring?” Yelling, which Letterman got particularly animated for. Billy Eicher and Dave Letterman yelling at each other is pretty much the best thing. Read More

    Jimm Fallon, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, Craig Ferguson and Seth Meyers pay late night tributes to Joan Rivers

    Joan Rivers on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon

    The tributes to the late Joan Rivers are still coming in from across the entertainment world. Since she both got her start in late night and was a staple of it for so many years, it’s no surprise that every late night host paid tribute to Rivers during their shows last night. David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Craig Ferguson, Seth Meyers, and Conan O’Brien all talked about Joan’s wit, humor, and spirit.

    As an aside, the fact that no female late night hosts are on the air to pay tribute to Joan is a pretty telling sign as to how groundbreaking it was when she got her own late night gig. Read More

    Comedians react to the death of Joan Rivers

    The comedy world lost a giant with the passing of Joan Rivers. Almost instantly comedians across the nation showed their love for the iconic comedian. But perhaps most fittingly, we’d like to acknowledge that we hope Rivers gets a funeral as the one she described in her most recent book, “I Hate Everything…Starting With Me.”

    “When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything’s in your name), I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, cameras, action… I want Craft services, I want papparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Hollywood all the way. I don’t want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. I don’t want an eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing “Mr. Lonely.” I want to look gorgeous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce’s”

    Here are what the comedy community had to say about the passing of Joan Rivers. Read More

    Cool thing to buy this week: Joe DeRosa “Mistakes Were Made: The B-Sides”

    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.

    Joe DeRosa - MistakesJoe DeRosa Mistakes Were Made: The B-Sides
    Purchase: iTunes | Amazon

    Joe DeRosa is a great comedian, steadily churning out great album after great album. So far he’s released 3 proper studio albums, the latest being 2013’s You Will Die. While DeRosa’s previous 3 albums are absolutely worth your time, here’s an album for the comedy completionist as the album’s title suggests. Taking cues from his musical idols, DeRosa released a B-Sides records. Something we don’t get much of in comedy but often get in the music world. Giving something for his fans to dive into until the next proper comedy album gets released.

    The album features early bits, some he honed into material for his other records. Some are just great ideas that you’ll only find on a compilation such as this. It was recorded all over the place, in clubs DeRosa has worked in over the years. Rough audio with germs of ideas crash into the next bit. If this is your first introduction to DeRosa start with his other works, but if you’re already down with Joe D, take a listen as it’s a great track of his process. Read More

    This Week In Comedy: Labor of a season

    This weekend marks the unofficial end of the summer. So it means one last chance to have a summer fling or sing a Grease song about it, that’s what the kids are doing these days right?

    – The week started off with a lot of Emmy chatter, we made some early predictions then broke down where the funny parts were.

    – John Oliver took pinatas to the toolshed.

    – We learned that Mike Epps will play Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic. The world was saved from another thing with Nick Cannon in it.

    – We learned that Mark Normand still has it, in fact, he never lost it.

    – We got teased by Girls. Read More