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  • Big Jay Oakerson’s crowdwork show, ‘What’s Your F#@ing Deal?!’ to become monthly show in NYC

    Big Jay OakersonHe’s done it a few times already, but now Big Jay Oakerson has decided to turn his crowdwork show What’s Your F#@ing Deal?! from a once-in-a-while thing into a monthly event. This is great news, for it allows the comedian to continue to bring crowdwork domination to New York on a regular basis.

    Beginning Tuesday, April 22nd and hosted at the The Comedy Cellar at the Village UndergroundWhat’s Your F#@ing Deal?! w/ Big Jay Oakerson will present a night of top comedians performing for an audience operating on only one rule, and that is to perform without any rehearsed material, just crowdwork.

    To kick things off correctly, Oakerson has arranged for a fantastic night with top comedians. Keith Robinson, Bonnie McFarlane, Luis J. Gomez, Dan Soder, and Dave Attell. If you miss this, you will only have yourself to blame. Read More

    The Laugh Button presents ‘You Know What Dude?’ live at the Jersey City Comedy Festival

    Next week at the Jersey City Comedy Festival, The Laugh Button will present the comedians of Robert Kelly’s YKWD Podcast live! Kelly and the regular comedians from his show will set up shop at the Batello in Jersey City for an unforgettable night of stand-up comedy. Tickets are now available so get them right away because they are not going to last! Read More

    Ploom and The Laugh Button invite you to #RethinkComedy on March 26th

    Ploom ShowJust as one stellar Laugh Button Live! show ends another one begins.

    Join Ploom and The Laugh Button for #RethinkComedy, a night of stellar stand-up comedy from some of the best in the business. Join us on March 26th at Gotham Comedy Club for a night of great jokes and storytelling from some of the best comedians in the city.

    It’s been a while since we’ve put on a show in the city of New York and we’re so excited about this one. Spring will be upon us and it will be a good night of great laughs thanks to the folks at Ploom and some terrific comedians.

    Gotham Comedy Club
    Wednesday, March 26th at 8pm
    Tickets $15
    Purchase Tickets now! Read More

    NYC Podfest 2014 was a huge success, now its time to eye 2015

    NYC Podfest 2014I had the privilege of enjoying several shows at NYC Podfest ’14 this past weekend. The main location of the fest was held at Fontana’s downtown on Grand street. A venue which seemed to be a perfect fit for a festival like one that celebrates podcasts. The broadcasts were taped in the bar’s basement venue which is a good sized basement, that’s dark and perfect for talking hard for their Hard Harry ambitions. A small stage, and a small bar as well. It was a very intimate setting which proved to be a lot of fun.

    The festival was full of big name acts over the course of sixteen shows in just two days. Boasting the awesome lineup of podcasters like Keith and The Girl, RISK!, The Dork Forest, Pep Talks with Eddie Pepitone, Tell Your Friends! (The Podcast!), I Sell Comics!, Hang Out With Me and The Laughspin Podcast. Comics appearing on podcasts included Lewis Black, Gilbert Godfrey, Colin Quinn, Judah Friedlander, Myq Kaplan, and many more. Sadly, sixteen podcasts proved to bee more than just one person could handle but those we were able to see perform were stellar as always.

    Upset you missed the festival this year? Fear not, I got a personal confirmation from the festival’s founder Jeremy Wein that it will indeed be back in 2015. Wein stated that he had hopes for the festival to remain in the same venue (Fontana’s) but the details are still being hammered out. As with every festival, the hope is always to grow and get bigger as the years progress in size and performers. After hearing this news, I had only one thing left to say, trust me, I’ll be there.

    The second annual NYC Podfest kicks off January 11th

    NYC PodfestSixteen shows in just 2 days, starting January 11th. Sound like a lot? That’s because it is. NYC Podfest is here and it is jam packed with tons live podcast shows. This year’s fest boasts a awesome line up of podcasts such as Keith and The Girl, RISK!, The Dork Forest, Pep Talks with Eddie Pepitone, Tell Your Friends! (The Podcast!), I Sell Comics! Hang Out With Me (With Myq Kaplan) and many more! We mustn’t forget our pals over at Laughspin either, who will have a podcast featured in the festival! Furthermore, the show is loaded with top notch preformers that will be stopping by like Lewis Black, Colin Quinn, Gilbert Gottfried, Judah Friedlander, Lloyd Kaufman, Christian Finnegan, Eddie Pepitone, Wyatt Cenac, Liam McEaneney, Jackie Kashian, Dave Hill, Kurt Metzger, Jeremy Wein, Kevin Allison, and plenty of others.

    The festival looks awesome. The tickets are sold individually and range from $5 to $20. All the shows will take place at Fontana’s Bar on 105 Eldridge St. For more information checkout the NYC Podfest site and be sure to follow them on Facebook! See you there!

    RIOT LA: 9 can’t miss comedy shows

    RIOT LAThis week the RIOT LA comedy fest will kick off its second incarnation of the festival. Over the course of 4 days hundreds of comedians will be on hand for some killer LA-based comedy. We got the chance to speak to the festival’s founder Abbey Londer a few days back about the incredible talent we’d be seeing over the course of the festival. Wince Londer had a hand in selecting all of the talent that will be on hand, she wasn’t eager or willing to pick favorites. So instead of putting her in the hot seata we decided to pick our own list of nine can’t-miss comedy shows at the festival.

    Are there more shows that deserve to be seen? Of course so! But these are ones you’ll definitely see us hanging out at and will definitely have you laughing your ass off. Read More

    Just For Laughs Chicago is not happening in 2014

    Just for Laughs ChicagoThe high profile comedy festival, Just For Laughs has had a Chicago leg since 2009, but it will be taking a break from the windy city in 2014.

    JFL CEO Bruce Hills revealed to The Chicago Tribune that they’re not returning this summer, “We’ve decided to take a year off to rethink the festival model, to adjust to the current marketplace.” JFL recently re-tooled the Toronto leg of Just For Laughs, morphing it into an interactive event called JFL42 and that possibility appears to be an option for Chicago for 2015.

    TBS has been a big sponsor for JFL Chicago in years past, broadcasting the major Chicago Theatre shows as specials. But those have waned over the years as the big fan events have stayed. That relationship is currently unknown but it’s pretty clear that the festival as we know it in Chicago will never be the same if/when it returns to the city. Read More

    RIOT LA founder Abbey Londer is making the next great comedy festival

    RIOT LALos Angeles’ own Alt comedy festival RIOT LA is just a few weeks from beginning its second go-round. Coming off an impressive inaugural run, the festival promises has lofty ambitions to become a premiere event for the Los Angeles comedy scene. The festival is the result of a lot of hard work from founder Abbey Londer who started everything from a Kickstarter campaign and ended up bringing in some of the best names in comedy.

    Londer told The Laugh Button that she decided to go for Kickstarter for a few reasons, one to get capital, but in addition “we wanted to see how much interest there was for something like this in Los Angeles. LA is an interesting market, there’s already so much exposure here for comedy and live performance. We weren’t sure really if this was something people would be super excited about.” The goal was to see if there was interest, and boy was there, for RIOT LA’s first season was fully funded by around $20,000 raised and Londer and co. raised nearly half of that money in about ten days. No maxing out of the credit cards needed.

    This year Los Angeles’ premiere non-commercial radio station KCRW was a sponsor and this year they got even more involved becoming the official presenting sponsor for RIOT LA. “Last year we did a KCRW storytelling show that had Stephen Merchant, Maria Bamford, Marc Maron, Nick Kroll, and Michaela Watkins.” stated Londer, “They were probably one of the biggest investors at the festival.” KCRW will host more comedy shows during the festival and they even brought on Londer in a freelance position to help produce events for the station up until this past October when Londer stepped away because she was, “in the land of festivals and it is busy.” Read More