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  • A behind-the-scenes look into Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition with creative director Mark Lach

    Mark Lach

    Saturday Night Live is not only one of the most influential institutions in the comedy universe, but one of the most important and longest running, having woven itself into the fabric of our culture over the last 40 years. We’ve all seen what happens on screen and remember our favorite characters and sketches, but rarely have we been able to peek behind the curtain to experience what brings this extraordinary show to life each and every week. Well that is exactly what Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition offers us. A once-in-a-lifetime look into the unique process documenting not only its history, but how it gets on air every Saturday at 11:30pm whether they are ready or not. To be impressed would be an understatement. In this exhibition, you will be “Wowed!” by artifacts you get to see, touch, and read about. From Lorne Michaels’ office desk to the actual costumes used on the show. There are behind-the-scenes photos and actual transcripts and props. You will get to live out your biggest SNL fantasies when you step on to the set of Jeopardy, or sit on Wayne and Garth’s couch. And what SNL experience would be complete without a photo at the Weekend Update desk. We recently had the opportunity to spend some time after our tour with the man responsible for bringing it all to life. The man who got us as close as one could be without actually stepping on to the stage as a cast member in Rockefeller Studio 8H. That man is Mark Lach. Read More

    The Laugh Button Podcast #28: Just For Laughs with Steve Byrne

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    We’re sharing stories from the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. The biggest comedy festival in the world. Good times were had, from roasts judged, one man shows, and a bit of Goddamn comedy jamming. While there, we caught up with comedian Steve Byrne who was in town along with countless other comedians. Read More

    The Laugh Button Red Carpet: Interviews with the cast of Staten Island Summer including Bobby Moynihan, Colin Jost, and Gina Gershon

    Staten Island Summer Movie Poster

    This coming Thursday, July 30, Staten Island Summer will debut on Netflix. The semi-autobiographical film written by Saturday Night Live’s Colin Jost and produced by Lorne Michaels stars Graham Phillips (The Good Wife) and Zack Pearlman (Mulaney) as friends who work as lifeguards in the summer following high school graduation. One is heading to Harvard and the other’s future is uncertain. So why not throw one more party to end their final summer together on a high note before they go their separate ways? If you love Saturday Night Live, you’ll love this movie as it’s chalk full of your favorite cast members including Bobby Moynihan, Will Forte, Fred Armisen, and Cecily Strong, along with Jost himself. Also in the mix is Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show). We had the pleasure of catching up with the cast at the red carpet premiere in New York City, including Moynihan, Gina Gershon, both Colin and Casey Jost, Pearlman and director Rhys Thomas among others. Read More

    Jimmy Carr is your 2015 Roastmasters Invitational Champion at Just For Laughs

    The Roastmasters International 2015

    The location, L’Astral at Just For Laughs. The event, The Roastmasters Invitational presented by Jeff Ross. What is it you ask? Four days of head-to-head roasting amongst comics from around the Globe. The United Kingdom, United States, Canada, and Australia were all represented in the joke-for-joke slamfest that took place at this year’s JFL Festival. The show was hosted each night by Roast Battle staple and comedian Brian Moses. The tit-for-tat tournament kicked off this past Tuesday with the finale of the competition taking place on Saturday night just before midnight. Each showcase featured guest celebrity judges including director Jason Reitman, Gilbert Gottfried, Wanda Sykes, Moshe Kasher, Dave Chappelle, Trevor Noah, director Jeremy Garelick, Artie Lange, Ari Shafir, Saturday Night Live‘s Michael Che and more. The list of competitors included your champion Jimmy Carr (UK), Wil Anderson (AUS), Mike Ward (CAN), Joe DeRosa (USA), Tony Hinchcliffe (USA), Luenell (USA), Tom Ballard (AUS), Randy (AUS), Sarah Tiana (USA), Katherine Ryan (CAN), Ashley Barnhill (USA), K. Trevor Wilson (CAN), Mark Forward (CAN), Sean Cullen (CAN), Jak Knight (USA) and finally 2nd place finisher Matthew Broussard (USA). Read More

    Just For Laughs 2015: Listen to full audio of Andy Kindler’s State of the Industry Address 2015

    Andy Kindler JFL 2015

    The time honored tradition known as The State of the Industry Address has been delivered once again by the man responsible for its very existence. Andy Kindler took to the stage in the Grand Salon Opera room at the Hyatt in downtown Montreal to deliver his yearly speech of self deprecation while taking shots at what he feels is wrong in the world of comedy. Recipients of shots fired by Kindler included Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Byron Allen, Jonah Hill, Pete Holmes, and Hitler. Yes Hitler. Kindler also referred to Patton Oswalt several times asking Patton to throw him a bone. Todd Glass yelled out from the comedian and industry filled crowd, “F*ck Seinfeld”. Also on the chopping block, which seems to be several years in a row now, was Steve Hoffstetter. Here is the full audio of Andy Kindler’s State of the Industry Address 2015. Read More

    The Goddamn Comedy Jam hits Just For Laughs with full force

    God Damn Comedy Jam

    One of the shows we were most looking forward to up in Montreal this year was the Goddamn Comedy Jam. We were fortunate enough to see the show during my last trip out to Los Angeles and curious to see how the show and vibe would translate when not in the comforts of its home court while being in front of an international audience. Sold-out and packed to the brim, the Katacombes has been the site and host of GDCJ during it’s week long run at JFL with people being turned away as it’s proved to be one of the hottest tickets in town. The Canadian specific energy, attentiveness, and respect for comedy almost comes off shy at first, but there was no holding back when host Josh Adam Meyers delivered an almost “final-night-of-his-life-leave-nothing-out-on-the-table” performance of Tears For Fears “Shout” with his house band Elemenopy. Now with the crowd converted it was on to the comics and their stand-up.  Read More

    Just For Laughs 2015: Dana Gould Keynote “You’re Doing It Now”

    Dana Gould - Just For Laughs Keynote

    Every year at Just For Laughs a keynote speaker gives a speech meant to inspire the comedy community. This year that speaker was the one and only Dana Gould, who is one of the best comedians working today. And that’s because he’s always working. What sets Gould apart from the rest is that he’s spent his entire career developing a career. The subject of Gould’s address was that while many comedians feel they’re waiting for a “break,” the most important thing they do as a comics is when they take the stage and pick up the microphone. Long after the executive gatekeepers have moved on, you will still be a comedian, you aren’t going to be doing it “when” you are doing it now. Read More

    The Laugh Button Podcast #27: The Life and Times of Jamie Kaler

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    Matt and Mark talk about comedy movies in the box office. Emmy awards, what new specials are happening. Our guest, Jamie Kaler joins from our recent trip to the West Coast. We discuss his career in comedy, from an extra on Friends to starring in a TV series. It’s been a fun trip. Read More

    It’s all good news for Russell Howard: The Laugh Button Interview

    Russell Howard

    British comedian Russell Howard is wrapping up a brief tour of North America, hitting the United States and wrapping things up with an appearance at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival. We caught up with the extremely busy comedian to catch up and get his thoughts on what its like traveling the states, comedy influences, his upcoming scripted comedy, who could be the next female action star, and how he became big on social media by deploying a really simple strategy. Read More

    Warped Tour Comedy Tent tour diary: Electric Boogaloo

    Eli Olsberg

    Warped Tour Week 2 Recap:

    Hi, and welcome to recap two: Electric Boogaloo. After two days off, Vans Warped Tour was back on in Nashville and it was a day of many firsts: the first of the month, the first day that comedian Dave Ross joined the Warped Comedy Tent, and the first time that it rained since the tour kicked off. I’m sure we’ll see more rain as we continue through the east coast (note: we sure as fuck did!). Our first show in the tent was lightly attended due to the aforementioned rainstorm. Doors were held and when they were reopened, most concertgoers rushed in to catch up with the revised schedule, or to dry off, while some just washed out to sea to never be heard from again. Our second show was a blast, and Warped was back up to speed! Some people came in to our tent wet, some muddy, but all of our audience was ready to laugh, and it was one of my favorite shows of the tour to date. Read More