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  • 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

    Cool thing to buy this week: “Women Aren’t Funny” by Bonnie McFarlane

    There is 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.

    Women Aren't FunnyWomen Aren’t Funny
    Purchase: iTunes | Amazon

    Comedian Bonnie McFarlane has been working to bring this documentary to the masses for a while now. In the documentary the comedian sets out on a quest – with her husband Rich Vos often in tow – to investigative the age old debate, are women funny?

    McFarlane reports back her findings from interviewing many comedians such as Wanda Sykes, Joy Behar, Sarah Silverman, Rosie O’Donnell, Lisa Lampanelli, Joan Rivers, Colin Quinn, Dane Cook, Chris Rock, Artie Lange, Tom Arnold, Patrice O’Neal, Chelsea Peretti, club owners, bookers and man on the street interviews. It also chronicles the lives of Bonnie McFarlane and Vos as they make the movie and deal with their own struggles doing stand-up all across the country.

    The documentary was produced by Greg “Opie” Hughes, from SiriusXM’s The Opie & Anthony Show. We got the chance to see an early screening of the documentary and you’re in for a treat. She also discussed the documentary with us last year as she was still in the development stages.

    Is a definitive answer to the question made? Probably not, but a documentary stocked with this many comedians, at least we’ll be able to definitely state that the documentary is funny.
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    Katt Williams knows who shot Suge Knight because he was there and saw nobody do it, wait what?

    Katt Williams is always good for some interesting news stories. We know that the comedian and Death Row Records mogul Suge Night were seen palling around every once in a while. This weekend Knight was the victim of a shooting out in LA during the VMAs.

    So when TMZ decided to ask Katt Williams what his thoughts were on the topic we got ourselves this video clip. In it, Williams looking like he had himself a late night, declared that he was both at the scene of the shooting, and that “nobody” shot Suge Knight. It all makes perfect Katt Williams sense. Just watch.

    This week on TV: Chelsea Handler signs off

    If you’ve been following this column from week to week you’ll notice that we thought the Emmy broadcast (hosted by Seth Meyers) was to air on Sunday evening. Well, we were wrong as it’s actually tonight (8/25). We can only assume NBC was worried about going up against Nikki Minaj and her twerktasticly terrible new song and video at the VMAs. Well, that’s probably not really the case but it’s fun for us to imagine Seth Meyers and Nikki Minaj having beef. Read More

    Tickets are on sale for the Maui Comedy Festival, happening Halloween weekend in Hawaii

    Maui Comedy FestivalThe inaugural Maui Comedy Festival just put individual tickets on sale for its shows during this October’s festival. It’s all happening over Halloween weekend in the town of Lahina in Maui, HI. That’s right, a holiday weekend on a tropical island, hosting about 35 terrific comedians to entertain you. There’s not much of a need to put on the hard sell here for it will hands down be the comedy trip of the year.

    The roster of talent is terrific! Comedians like Hannibal Buress, Kyle Kinane, Reggie Watts, Aisha Tyler, Eddie Pepitone, Greg Proops, Paul Provenza, Tig Notaro, Ron Funches, Nate Bargatze, Todd Glass, Jonah Ray, Morgan Murphy, Ari Shaffir, and Hari Konobolu will all be in town performing shows.

    As previously mentioned, tickets for individual shows are now available, in addition you can get passes for access to all the shows, or do it up in style and take advantage of an All-Access VIP Pass which gets you into parties and lounges. If you go to www.mauicomedyfestival.com you can even take advantage of some hotel packages the festival has set up. All that you have to do now is click away and we’ll see you in Maui in October.

    Tickets are for sale at mauicomedyfestival.com, on Laughstub, or you can browse The Laugh Button’s ticket page.

    Comedy Central orders animated pilot from @DadBoner

    Mike Burns, DadBonerThis is the story about another Twitter feed being turned into a TV show. Reports are coming in that the hilarious twitter handle @DadBoner got an animated pilot order from Comedy Central. For those unfamiliar, @DadBoner is written by a fictional character named Karl Welzein. Karl is a middle-aged Michigan man who is separated from his wife, but loves ‘Merica, Van Halen and Bob Seger.

    For the longest time the true identity of Karl Welzein wasn’t known leaving many to speculate who the funny person(s) behind the handle were. It was later revealed that comedian Mike Burns was the voice of Karl. The series will be produced by Burns and longtime Simpsons writer Tim Long. The plot of the show will be based around the Twitter feed and corresponding book written by Welzein the same name and book that was Power Moves: Livin’ the American Dream, USA Style.

    On the show, Karl Welzein has developed his own philosophy of life, indulging in dangerously generous helpings of booze, fast food, and American pride. Since his wife kicked him out of the house, Karl has been crashing at his buddy Dave’s and living like a “true bad boy” with “plenty of babes” — in his own mind.

    Cool Thing To Buy This Week: Ralphie May “Filthy Animal Tour”

    There is 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.

    Filthy AnimalsRalphie May: Filthy Animals Tour
    Purchase: Amazon

    Ralphie May has forged his own comedy path since he first gained national exposure as a contestant on Last Comic Standing. Part of forging one’s own way includes bringing others along for the ride. And with that comes the basic idea behind The Filthy Animal Tour.

    May hosts an evening of (as the title suggests) uncensored and dirty comedy from his comedian friends who he’s dubbed Filthy Animals. The special was filmed in Portland Oregon in front of a packed house. In this comedy special, Ralphie takes you on a fun filled barnyard tour full of bellyaches, discomfort and laughter. Always funny, uncomfortably hilarious and occasionally awkward, Ralphie May is joined by a cast of rising comedians that push the boundaries of comedy, because Ralphie’s big enough to get away with anything. Read More

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