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  • This week on TV: Love comes to the store

    There are lots of great funny people making appearances on television this week. Late night is packed full of it all while many new sitcoms are premiering. While that’s all fun and dandy but this weekend, we’re not only hosting some killer live stand-up shows but we’re anxiously awaiting the debut of Jerrod Carmichael’s new stand-up special, Love At The Store. Giddyup! Read More

    The Laugh Button Live! at Comic Con’s New York Super Week

    TLB NYCC PosterThe Laugh Button is putting on three different stand-up comedy shows during Comic Con’s New York Super Week. New York Super week is a week full of fun activities around the city leading up to the New York edition of Comic Con. The Laugh Button has partnered with our pals at Comedy Dynamics and SiriusXM Comedy to help contribute to the awesome week of programming. Over the course of two days, we will host three shows at The Stand.

    In the early evening of Saturday, October 4th, we will give the stage to comedian and comic book fan Mike Lawrence for “Days of Future Laughs,” a show so top secret, only Mike knows what to expect. At the midnight hour on the same day, Yannis Pappas will host some of our favorite NY comedians and rising stars – Aaron Berg, Monroe Martin, Crystian Ramirez, Rachel Feinstein, and Gary Gulman. Then, after we all take naps, we reconvene on Sunday night (October 5th) for a total blowout, where Mike Lawrence hosts a murderer’s row of comedians for the final night not to be missed with Big Jay Oakerson, Dan Soder, Janeane Garofalo, Joe List, and Kurt Metzger.

    SiriusXM Comedy will be on hand for a live recording, to air during New York Comic Con the week after. Lastly, we must thank Comedy Dynamics for helping us present the entire evening.

    It’s a can’t miss event, so get your tickets ASAP! Read More

    This week on TV: Trolling on South Park

    It’s here ladies and gentlemen, not only is it hoodie weather, but its that time of the year when we see the return of many of the fall shows. The biggest one for us being the 40th season of Saturday Night Live. Last week a bunch of changes happened for this new season, including new cast members, new people at the Weekend Update desk and a new announcer. All prepping for this weekend’s new season. Also, it was bound to happen and South Park released a promo for season 18 and in it they’re totally trolling the Washington Redskins, blamo. Read More

    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