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  • The Laugh Button Podcast #32: Nick Vatterott’s life experiences

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    This week Mark and Matt tackle the comedy news like Bill Burr’s comments on Caitlyn Jenner, Forbes highest paid actors on TV list. We then welcome comedian Nick Vatterott onto the show to discuss the Brooklyn Comedy Festival and his experience on reality TV like America’s Got Talent. Read More

    “Summahtology” with comedian Howard Kremer: The Laugh Button Interview

    Howard Kremer

    Comedian Howard Kremer, also know as Dragon Boy Suede, has released six albums and has had a half-hour special on Comedy Central. He has written on Austin Stories (which he co-created), The Goode Family from Mike Jedge, Human Giant and more. He has also made regular appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Comedy Bang Bang, @midnight and The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail. His podcast, Who Charted?, is a weekly countdown of the top charters in music, movies and more and has featured guests such as Sarah Silverman and Zach Galifianakis. He is also featured in the upcoming Nat Geo show Now We Know. He performs stand-up and “Summah” summits at clubs all over the U.S. as well as overseas. Howard is the founder of the “Have a Summah!” lifestyle movement celebrating everything summer. The “Have a Summah” movement has lead to the release of four full length albums, and video starring Zooey Deschanel and Summahfest, an annual summer celebration at the Nerdist Showroom in Hollywood. We caught up with the comedian in support of his latest album Summahtology and talked about his roots in music and comedy, developing characters, and what it was like being a part of the west coast alternative scene explosion. Read More

    Nightmare Gig: Keith Alberstadt should’ve vetted his college gig better

    Keith Alberstadt

    Every working comedian has at least one of those moments in their career. That moment when they take the stage and things just do not go as they wanted. Weather it be a bad venue, audience, or bad jokes, the show turns from bad show to a nightmare. Nightmare Gig is when The Laugh Button asks a comedian to describe their most horrific stand-up moment. This time we asked comedian Keith Alberstadt to tell us his story, turns out sometimes one needs to vet the show they’re performing at before they agree to perform. Read More

    The Fat Jew speaks: “I should have been providing attribution for all posts”

    Photo by Tamara Beckwith (NY Post)
    Photo by Tamara Beckwith (NY Post)

    Over the last several months there have been a lot of hot button topics boiling to the surface in the world of comedy. From all things Cosby to political correctness commentary as well as safety in clubs to the most recent topic of joke thievery. Comedy has been leaking into mainstream media now more than ever. This all came to a head back on August 13 when The Hollywood Reporter released the news that Josh Ostrovsky, better known as The Fat Jew, had signed a representation deal with CAA. This hit the comedy community hard as Ostrovsky had been repeatedly accused of stealing other comedians material straight up with no accreditation. By this time, it has been almost overly exposed through spreadsheets, side-by-side comparisons, as well as photo documentation. And you know once Patton Oswalt has something to say about it, changes will come. Oswalt himself has had his work lifted word for word that even included a mispronunciation back in 2010. Clearly there was no longer anywhere for The Fat Jew to hide. Well, Ostrovsky has finally come out to speak in response to the situation and here’s what he had to say. Read More

    The Laugh Button Podcast #31: The Kickback’s Billy Yost is Sorry All Over The Place

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    In the news we discuss Fat Jew’s joke thievery, Chappelle’s tour, and Documentary Now! Mark and Matt then welcome lead singer of The Kickback, Billy Yost onto the podcast. Billy is a big fan of comedy and has some killer Doug Stanhope stories and goes round for round with some pop culture trivia, as well as doppleganger discussion. The Kickback’s debut album, Sorry All Over the Place is in stores September 18th, and listeners should check it out. Read More

    From sketch to series: “Documentary Now!” from Seth Meyers starring Fred Armisen and Bill Hader comes to life on IFC

    Documentary Now! Premiere

    The seed was planted firmly in the ground on April 13, 2013. The location, Saturday Night Live. The idea, a documentary about the history of punk. Footage detailed the political leanings of punk rocker Ian Rubbish, a character depicted by Fred Armisen who was a staunch anarchist except where the life of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was concerned. Whether real or fake, this documentary starring Armisen and Bill Hader struck a chord, pun intended. That year also saw the departure of Armisen and Hader from SNL. Writer and Weekend Update host Seth Meyers wasn’t far behind. But before they left, they agreed that there should be more of what “History of Punk” had to offer, there is something here. Flash forward to Tuesday, August 18. The premiere screening of Documentary Now!, a new docu-series for IFC set to launch two days later. The seed that had been planted over two years ago has grown into a full fledged television series hailing from Meyers, Armisen, and Hader. Season one in its entirety was set to include six doc-episodes, but with the buzz snowballing and early feedback overwhelmingly positive, it was announced that not only will there be a season two, a third will happen as well, topped off with a seventh episode for season one. All this before the show even premieres. Read More

    Happy 70th Birthdate Steve Martin: Here are 70 of your finest quotes

    Steve Martin

    Today marks the 70th birthday of one of the pioneers of comedy. Whether it is stand-up, television, music or film, Steve Martin’s unique personal touch on each of the mediums have influenced the generations that followed him as well as his peers. Some say he is the godfather of alternative comedy. He was the first to put an arrow through his head. He passed out a business card that read, “This certifies that you have had a personal encounter with me and that you found me warm, polite, intelligent and funny.” signed Steve Martin. Read More

    The Laugh Button Podcast #30: Todd Glass crashes our Alonzo Bodden interview

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    We’re at the Just For Laughs festival and while waiting to speak with Alonzo Bodden, Todd Glass decides to crash our interviews. In the comedy news, Mark and Matt discuss the I Am Chris Farley documentary, old episodes of The Tonight Show, and remembering Robin Williams on the one year anniversary of his death. Read More

    “I Am Chris Farley” shines light over the dark side of Chris Farley’s life

    Chris Farley

    There’s an overwhelming sadness to the new documentary I Am Chris Farley, even though the goal of the documentary isn’t to state this.

    The sadness comes because we know the unfortunate outcome of this story; and even sadder because it becomes apparent very early into the flick that the comedians and friends being interviewed – particularly Mike Myers, Bob Saget, David Spade, and Bob Odenkirk – haven’t gotten over the loss of their friend some 18 years later. That friend is Chris Farley, the physical manifestation of a burning supernova when it comes to talent, charisma, and humor. Read More

    What would it look like if comedians starred in “Goodfellas”? Some NYC comedians attempt to find out

    Summer Of The Stand - Goodfellas

    The Stand is a terrific comedy club in NYC where you can catch some of the best talent the city has to offer any night of the week. To celebrate their “Summer Of The Stand” series, the club gathered some comedians to participate in a shot for shot re-enactment of one of cinema’s most classic scenes – the “shinebox” scene from Goodfellas when Billy Batts catches a beating, but with a comedian spin on it. The scene features Sean Patton, Paul Virzi, Mike Recine, Yannis Pappas, Mark DeMayo, and Aaron Berg who pull off the vibe perfectly, yet with a slightly less painful ending. Headliners demand respect, now go get your sign up sheet! Read More