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  • Comedian Andy Ritchie passes away after battle with brain tumor

    Andy RitchieThe world just lost another talented comedian. Andy Ritchie has passed away after a battle with a brain tumor. When it was revealed this summer that Ritchie had cancer his comedian friends Brendon Walsh, Colton Dunn, and Nick Swardson set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for his medical bills.

    The news and support for Andy spread far and wide, even getting shout outs from Daniel Tosh on Tosh.0 who held an auction to raise money. More than $100K dollars were raised for Andy’s bills. Then today, on Thanksgiving, we were given an update that nobody wanted to hear as Walsh broke the news that Andy had lost his battle with cancer.


    Andy passed away this afternoon at Hollywood Presbyterian. His mom, Ruby, and his brother Simon were all with him.

    I don’t know what else to say. He was a great guy. Listen to his album on Spotify or download it or whatever. He’s hilarious.

    Thanks for everything you all did to help. Have a good Thanksgiving.


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    The Laugh Button Podcast #45: Don Jamieson terrorizing telemarketers

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    In celebration of Thanksgiving you get The Laugh Button podcast a day early this week. You also get the return of our Editor-in-Chief Matt Kleinschmidt, who is back with Mark for the news of the week as we ambitiously try to figure out the city of Hartford and Neftlix. The guest this week is comedian and host of That Metal Show, Don Jamieson who just released his new comedy album, Terrorizing Telemarketers, Vol. 6 with his TMS co-host Jim Florentine. It’s an action packed show for your long holiday weekend. Read More

    Matthew McConaughey hosted Saturday Night Live: Alright, Alright, Adele

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    It’s always fun when a host appears on Saturday Night Live just for the love of the show. Holiday episodes of the show always bring out the specialness of the holiday too. Particularly the Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes, they just make us all warm and fuzzy for New York and SNL. While it’s not required for them to be plugging a new movie, show, play, etc. a lot of them host SNL when they need that exposure. Matthew McConaughey was just around to be himself. He pulled off an admiral hosting job that featured a top notch Weekend Update, and a top notch musical guest. Let’s run it down. Read More

    On “Say No More,” Andrew Santino proves he’s a comedy force to be reckoned with

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    It’s no coincidence that comedian Andrew Santino has appeared in some influential shows. The League, Arrested Development, and The Office are a few prominent ones. His acting credentials grow as a result of the great work he does behind a microphone though. His debut album, Say No More, is available on November 27, and is supplemented by his own episode of Comedy Central’s The Half Hour. In the release, Santino meticulously deconstructs observations with a voice rooted in genuine annoyance. Though sometimes ruthless in approach, he masterfully wins over the audience by forcing them to relate. Santino remains planted in the traditions of stand-up, while maintaining a fresh perspective by introducing moments of absurdity. Read More

    SF Sketchfest 2016 announces lineup featuring Jeff Goldblum, Jon Hamm, Patton Oswalt, and “Waiting For Guffman” reunion

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    SF Sketchfest will celebrate the 15th annual San Francisco Comedy Festival January 7-24 2016 with more than 200 shows featuring top comedic talents performing in 19 venues across the city. The 16-day festival will feature major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming comedians from around the world for non-stop entertainment including sketch, stand-up, alternative comedy, music, improv, films, tributes, live podcasts, workshops and panel discussions. And we’ve got the entire breakdown for you right here. Read More

    The Laugh Button Podcast #44: Sean Donnelly has a Manual Labor Face

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    This week comedian Sean Donnelly joins us to talk about his new album Manual Labor Face, his origins as a New York Comedian and how he’d do it differently, and some Saved By The Bell Trivia, all before letting us know what it was like to ride the bench of the basketball team his dad coached. Intern Will and Metal Insider’s Bram Teitelman join Mark for the news as Matt is picking out a bow-tie for his wedding. Read More

    Elizabeth Banks hosted Saturday Night Live: it was nearly Pitch Perfect

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    Let’s start this week off by declaring that we’ll make no more references to last weeks’ abysmal Donald Trump episode. Let’s just pretend it didn’t happen and hope this week they hope to get the show back on track with Elizabeth Banks. To combat this, the show dipped into some of its greatest hits to wash out the ol’ Trump taste. Banks came out to lead the charge and interject some spirit into the evening and it worked. Banks was fun, energetic, and down for a night of comedy. Let’s go to the tape. Read More

    The Goddamn Comedy Jam leaves crater of comedy rock behind at New York Comedy Festival

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    The New York Comedy Festival is back in the big apple for it’s 11 incarnation bringing together some of the biggest names and most buzzed about comedy shows in the world. This past friday saw one of those said shows rip through the Gramercy Theatre in full comedy force with the power of music to back it up. The Goddamn Comedy Jam, a show with more momentum than a meteor heading towards the planet earth, sold out to capacity and then some. The stand-up / live musical performance hybrid featuring the country’s top comedians is orchestrated by comedian-musician Josh Adam Meyers. Along with the Goddamn Band, formally Elemenopy, and roadie “Moshpit”, the anticipation for it’s New York City debut was the talk of town coming into the festival this year. The lineup this go-around included Bill Burr, Hannibal Buress, Iliza Shlesinger, Big Jay Oakerson, and Matteo Lane. Read More

    Nathan Fielder keeps the delivery dry and the bits inventive at NYU’s Skirball Center: New York Comedy Festival

    Photo: Ben FraternaleIn case you hadn’t noticed, The Laugh Button staff is comprised of some serious comedy fans, or “comedy nerds” if you want to get technical. Wit matched with unrivaled confidence behind a microphone makes for a perfect evening in our minds. Needless to say, it’s a great time of the year for us because New York Comedy Festival kicked off on Tuesday. We’ve enjoyed the Comics to Watch Showcase, the musings of Kliph Nesteroff and Robert Smigel, and even managed to catch a few notable comedians for interviews (be on the lookout for those). On Thursday we stopped by Nathan Fielder’s “Sneak Peak and Q & A” at NYU’s Skirball Center. Fielder delivered a show that honored the dry, comedic sensibility of Nathan for You, while still giving the audience moments of spontaneity.

    Some consider fireworks to be a great start to a show, but a Lana Del Rey cover sung in the driest manner is equally enjoyable, at least when Nathan Fielder performs. In Kaufman-esque fashion, he subjected the audience to something considered painful in any alternate setting. But with his vocal tone rivaling Steven Wright, it was a riot. This comedic stunt showcases what Fielder does best, and that’s making people as uncomfortable as possible. Discomfort returned throughout the night, but never without laughs. Read More

    Ian Karmel says things to keep you clapping on his debut album “9.2 on Pitchfork”

    Ian Karmel

    Ian Karmel (he’s Jewish, but thinks his name sounds like a whimsical British candy shop) wears the “Funniest Person in Portland” crown. He made his late night debut on CONAN, and has appeared regularly on Chelsea Lately, Portlandia and the Travel Channel’s Best Sandwich in America. Currently, he writes for The Late Late Show with James Corden. Read More