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  • This week on TV: with comic book store comedy


    This week, The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail will make its premiere on Comedy Central. The stand-up show, hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani takes place in the back of LA’s Meltdown Comics. It’s been a staple of the LA comedy scene for some time now, so the folks at Comedy Central decided to bring it to the air and let the rest of the nation see what’s going on. Some of the best comedians have performed at The Meltdown over the years, and the show looks like it’s keeping with that theme. The Meltdown premieres on Wednesday at 12:30am, set the TiVo. Read More

    This Week on TV: FX debuts two new sitcoms


    While the summer is not usually the time to debut new TV shows, FX is launching two hotly anticipated comedies this week, first up is the new Nate Faxon/Judy Greer sitcom Married as a couple that’s, well married with a handful of children and the life that goes along with it. Following Married is the single couple relationship comedy about a couple that might not be the best for each other yet they can’t seem to stay away.

    The week is capped by two terrific stand-up half hours by Mark Normand and Joe Wengert. Topping it off, you’ll find Normand’s new album in stores and he’s on Conan this Wednesday. Basically what we’re saying is there’s no reason you shouldn’t have Mark Normand in your life this week.

    Who says summer isn’t fun? Read More

    Kurt Metzger’s “White Precious” premieres tonight, let’s watch some clips


    Get psyched for tonight is a big night for stand-up comedy! In addition to the premiere of both Damien Lemon and Rachel Feinstein’s The Half Hour shows but it’s also the premiere of Kurt Metzger’s new stand-up special, White Precious which airs at 11pm on Comedy Central.

    Kurt is hands down one of our favorite NYC comedians, and you can find his talents all over the place right now. Penning sketches for Inside Amy Schumer as well as writing with Jim Norton and Neal Brennan on their new shows. But if you want to hear pure, unfiltered Kurt Metzger we suggest his podcast Race Wars, which he hosts with comedian Sherrod Small, and his often great Facebook rants that take on topics ranging from free speech to world politics.

    You can also check out these clips from White Precious that just hit the web. One of them a clip where the animation company Titmouse takes a bit from the special and gives it some color in the form of rainbows and little children. Read More

    Mark Normand’s first comedy album “Still Got It” to be released on July 15th


    Remember this sentence, the incredibly awesome comedian Mark Normand is about to release his first ever stand-up comedy album, entitled Still Got It on July 15th. Normand has been all over the place of late – taping a half hour special for Comedy central (that airs Friday, July 18th) as well as some exposure on the most recent season of Last Comic Standing in addition to spots on Conan.

    Normand seems to be on the cusp of breaking big and others are taking notice – John Oliver put him on a stand-up show and Amy Schumer’s had Normand as her opening act for a while now. Read More

    Enter to win tickets to Jim Florentine’s SiriusXM “Unmasked” taping in NYC


    Jim Florentine at The StandAs we mentioned before, SiriusXM’s popular radio show Unmasked will hold a live taping of the show at The Stand with comedian Jim Florentine on July 9th. While usually recording at SiriusXM studios, Bennington and Florentine will tape in front of a live audience out in the city for the first time at one of the city’s hottest comedy clubs. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 9th at 8pm.

    We have a pair of tickets to the taping for one lucky Laugh Button reader. All you have to do is enter below and we’ll select one winner who will be able to hang out with us at the taping. Read More

    Weird Al will release Eight music videos over Eight days for the release of “Mandatory Fun”


    Weird Al - Mandatory Fun“Weird Al” Yankovic made the announcement via Twitter that he shot eight music videos for his upcoming album Mandatory Fun.

    Beginning the day before the new album’s release (July 14th), Weird Al will begin to put these videos into the wild. One each day for eight days. Though there’s still no tracklisting revealed for the special, we’re assuming at least one of the videos will adopt the Russian propaganda look that the album art has donned. Get in on the fun using #8videos8days and #mandatoryfun.

    This week on TV: Happy Birthday to ‘Merica


    Happy Birthday ‘Merica! This week we celebrate our birthday by being the best ‘Mericans that we can be – blowing things up, lighting things on fire, and searing animal flesh are part of the celebration. So as we head into this short, and usually quiet week of television, here’s a friendly reminder that fireworks can be dangerous and are illegal in many places… but these are just notions my neighbors never heard of, and they’ll once again prove it to me in a few days. Yes, it’s a slow week on TV this week for comedy, but we have two great season premieres for the hotly anticipated Drunk History and Nathan for You. We cap the week with lots of fireworks on TV. EXPLOSIONS! Read More