Tim Hager, Author at The Laugh Button

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  • Dropping in on Liam McEneaney’s album release show

    LiamLast night, we headed out to Park Slope, Brooklyn to check out the album release show for Liam McEneaney at the Bell House. McEneaney is the ringleader behind the popular comedy show turned concert film Tell Your Friends! and some of his friends stopped by to celebrate the release of his new stand-up comedy album, Comedian. The night kicked off like any other comedy show, with a 13 piece cover band rocking the house performing hits like “Walk The Dinosaur” and “Oye Como Va”. Each band member had a nickname. Our favorite was the guitar player who goes by the name, “Sugar Fingers”.

    Host, Christian Finnegan then took the stage and informed everyone that Gilbert Gottfried wasn’t going to make it because he was yelling at someone. Finnegan also took some time to discuss how Hoboken should be the fifth borough instead of Staten Island and how he is proud to be a jerk on a bike but admits he will never look tough in a bike helmet. Read More

    Cool thing to buy this week: ‘The League: Season 4’

    For many of you, last night “kicked off” your fantasy football league. Great! Another excuse to be distracted from work for a few months! Along with that, a new season of The League started on the new FXX channel on Wednesday. If you watched the episode asking yourself, “Who the hell is this guy from California with AIDS that won the Shiva?” or “What is it that Andre’s fiance is allergic to again?” then you should probably pick up Season 4 of The League to refresh yourself.

    Season 4 is filled with cultural comedy at its finest by Nick Kroll, Steve Rannazzisi, Mark Duplass, Paul Scheer, Jonathan Lajoie and Katie Aselton. This season crosses the line more as it is easily the grossest, rudest, most inappropriate season yet and at the same time is laugh out loud hilarious.

    Even if you don’t play fantasy football or don’t like the sport at all, the show is definitely worth checking out. Go pick up Season 4 today and get caught up for the new episodes! Read More

    Cool thing to buy this week: Greg Fitzsimmons ‘Life on Stage’

    Greg Fitzsimmons - Life On StageIt is always exciting to hear a comedian’s first one hour special. In Life on Stage, Greg Fitzsimmons steps up to the occasion and shows the talent that won him four Emmys as part of the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

    For those who are unfamiliar, Fitzsimmons’ hosts a popular podcast, voices in Dog vs. Cat, frequently appears on VH1’s Best Week Ever and hosts Howard 101, a radio show on Sirius. He also just shot a pilot for VH1 with Andy Dick and is developing a sitcom for 20th Century Fox.

    As a middle-aged man, Greg tackles all sorts of fun topics including your wife’s first chin hair, showering with other men, why kids shouldn’t dream and how life only goes downhill after birth. He even goes in depth about babysitters going at it on the job.

    The special premiered last week on Comedy Central and is in stores today as a CD/DVD combo from New Wave so go pick it up! Read More

    Cool thing to buy this week: ‘Uncle Buck’ / ‘Fletch’ Blu-ray Double Feature

    Fletch and Uncle Buck double featureJohn Candy and Chevy Chase were among the leaders of 80’s comedy. This week we have a fantastic Blu-ray double feature including Uncle Buck and Fletch!

    Uncle Buck is the story of a sloppy bachelor who babysits a typical trio of kids including a rebellious daughter, a cute little girl and Macaulay Culkin (“KEVIN!”). Best part of the movie: Buck knocking out a clown.

    The other half of this feature is another Chevy Chase classic. Fletch is the story of a LA Times reporter writing an article exposing the the drug traffic on the beaches of Los Angeles. While investigating, the curious and suspicious Fletch encounters numerous misadventures including: a high-speed car chase with an unwitting passenger, a trip to Provo (Utah, not Spain), and a visit to a stuffy country club. The film isn’t just full of wacky disguises and goofy aliases but is an excellent mystery thriller. Read More

    Cool thing to buy this week: Airheads on Blu-Ray

    AirheadsRemember when grunge rock was the bees knees?

    If you do, then you probably recall the cult classic, Airheads which was released this week on Blu-ray format!

    Adam Sandler, Bendan Fraser and Steve Buscemi star as an amateur band known as the Lone Rangers who sneak into a radio station to get their demo some spins on air. When they are refused by the station manager and DJ, they take the station hostage.

    The film is hilarious and comes very early in the title characters careers. Pick it up today for some laughs to cure your Memorial Day hangover! Read More

    Cool thing to buy this week: Vegas Vacation on Blu-Ray

    Vegas Vacation Blu-RayTime to relive all of the classic moments of the Griswold’s trip to the family entertainment capital of America, Las Vegas!

    The fourth title in the National Lapoon’s Vacation film series easily measures up to the previous but is not the last. There is a new film on the way featuring Ed Helms as Rusty taking his family on a vacation like he did when he was a kid. And part of the hilarity of the franchise is the ever-changing actors and actresses playing the Griswold kids, a joke finally acknowledged in Vegas Vacation.

    The trip to Vegas is full of hilarity including Wayne Newton macking on Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo), Cousin Eddy’s high jinks, a destructive trip to the Hoover Dam, and how Nick Papageorgio becomes a winning high-roller!

    Vegas Vacation is a dam classic and is now on a dam blu-ray so pick up a damn copy today. Read More

    Cool thing to buy this week: ‘3rd Rock From The Sun: The Complete Series’

    3rd Rock from the SunReady to relive the 90’s? This week you can pick up the complete series of the 8-time Emmy Award winning sitcom, 3rd Rock From the Sun on DVD! John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart and Joseph Gordon Levitt star as aliens who have been sent to Earth disguised as a human family to report life on the 3rd planet from the sun.

    The out-of-this-world comedy features plenty of  cameos from Al Franken, Chyna, Dennis Rodman, William Shatner and Martha Stewart. And don’t forget about Aaron Paul’s rockin’ performance at Tommy’s high school prom!

    The 17 disc box set includes all six seasons, the alternate final episode ending, bloopers and more! Pick it up and watch Joseph Gordon Levitt be a dweeb before becoming the heart throb that he is today. So go out and spend your hard-earded dollars on 3rd Rock From the Sun – The Complete Series today. Read More

    Cool thing to buy this week: ’30 Rock’ season 7, the final season

    30 Rock Season 7This week the outrageous seventh season of everybody’s favorite TV series, 30 Rock hits stores! Though it is still sad that the show had to come to an end, and we think we gave the show the proper send off it deserved here, it doesn’t mean that you can’t relive all of your favorite moments from the series’ final and terrific season.

    From Tracy Jordan’s shocking medical news, Kenneth’s new girlfriend, Jenna’s surprise wedding, Lemon’s princess Leia wedding to Chriss Cross and baby adoption, plus Jack’s business crossroads.

    Season 7 wrapped up an excellently written series of comedic content that was as consistently great as any other great sitcoms that came before it. So, get working on your night cheese and pick it up today and complete your 30 Rock collection! Read More

    Cool thing to buy this week: Steve Martin & Edie Brickell ‘Love Has Come For You’

    Steve Martin Edie BrickellSteve Martin continues to succeed at being a very accomplished and overall awesome dude!

    Not only is he a comedian, actor, author and playwright, he is now a Grammy-winning and boundary pushing banjoist and songwriter. Love Has Come for You is Martin’s third studio album and this time he teams up with his fellow Texas native, Edie Brickell known from her solo career that started after fronting the New Bohemians in the late 80s. The album includes 13 very impressive compositions that perfectly combine Brickell’s heart-tugging vocals with Martin’s expressive banjo work.

    From long time bluegrass fans to those new to the genre, this is an album that anyone can enjoy. So go pick it up! You won’t regret it. Read More

    Cool thing to buy this week: ‘I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids’ by Jen Kirkman

    Jen KirkmanEver thought about having kids or even worse, have friends tell you that you should consider having kids? Well Jen Kirkman’s new book will prove to you that it is A-OK not to procreate, if you don’t want to.

    I Can Barely Take Care of Myself explains that it is hard enough being an adult. You have to pay bills, tip correctly, get annual physicals and dress yourself among other things. I mean, who wants to take time caring for a kid when you could be kickin’ it at da club, tossin’ back Jagerbombs?

    “I think you will get some laughs. There’s stories about failed teenage love, failed early 20-something love, fights with my parents, bad stand-up comedy gigs, getting engaged, getting married, getting divorced, bad haircuts, anxiety disorders, the threat of nuclear war, not wanting to have a baby, not wanting to talk to strangers and explain why I don’t want to have a baby, pretending to be pregnant at a nail salon, my nana and next door neighbor who died alone, the horror of alcohol-free afternoon birthday parties for adults, getting bullied at school, feeling like an outsider in life…” – Jen Kirkman

    This is Kirkman’s first book but has released two comedy albums, Self Help and Hail to the Freaks. You can also catch her frequently on E! Network’s, Chelsea Lately as she is a regular guest. She is also doing a tour promoting her book release and will be signing books after each show.  Read More