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  • George Carlin finally got his way: Dispatches from a day of tributes to a comedy icon

    On Wednesday, after years of hard work, George Carlin finally got his way. On the 400 block of 121st street, Morningside Heights, in New York City in front of a crowd of about a 200 people, the sign reading “George Carlin Way” was unveiled. It took three years of work by comedian Kevin Bartini, who moved into the neighborhood, discovered it was Carlin’s stomping ground and was shocked to find there was no statue or any marker noting that a bonafide comic legend and NYC native grew up there. Read More

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    Funny Business Hey you! Want to come work with us? We think you’ll be awesome.

    Right now we’re looking for an awesome comedy fan, writer, marketer, social guru, self starter that can help us expand our growing empire of comedy. We’re looking for someone great who would not only write for The Laugh Button, they’d help us with our marketing initiatives, and help us with things related to our growing ad network.

    Here is the official job listing. If you’re interested, send your resume on over to us.

    The Laugh Button and its parent company, The Syndicate is currently hiring a qualified candidate to join the comedy division of our fast growing marketing agency. This is a part-time, position based in our Weehawken, NJ office. The ideal candidate will have a passion for pop-culture, with a very specific interest in comedy. Must be a great writer and able to thrive in a fast-paced, energetic work environment. Outstanding communication skills are a must, both oral and written. Read More

    Joan Rivers cause of death revealed

    Joan RiversJoan Rivers died of a therapeutic complication, according to the New York City Medical Examiner’s Office. Basically this means the official cause of death is lack of blood oxygen to the brain in a “predictable complication” of throat surgery.

    Rivers passed on September 4th after she was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, a few days after she stopped breathing while undergoing a procedure and placed in a medically induced coma.

    The findings were released today in a statement by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner: Read More

    Revisiting the comedic mind of Richard Jeni

    “Going to war over religion is basically killing each other to see who’s got the better imaginary friend.”

    That’s one of my favorite Richard Jeni jokes. Probably because it’s the first I’ve ever heard of and was such a succinct and on-point summation to what an impressionable teen was discovering about religion.

    When it comes to Richard Jeni, there aren’t many comedians better on stage, he was a master at constructing a joke and even better acting it out on stage. Jeni was a driven man, haunted by his quest to be the best comic and to get mainstream recognition for it. This desire not only drove him to develop and harness an incredible presence and act on stage, but also the one that set him on the track to his demise. Read More

    My First Time: Jared Logan debuts his first album “My Brave Battle”

    The road to becoming a great comedian is filled with many challenges and opportunities. There are certain milestones every comedians hopes to hit at various points of their journey. “My First Time,” is all about comedy firsts; those milestones from your first headlining gig, first tour, first festival, first TV appearance, first album or special, first time in a new city, to your first time performing high and everything inbetween. My First Time sits down (figuratively or literally) with comedians to talk about reaching their own personal career checkpoints, and their expectations vs experience.

    Jared Logan is one of the most dynamic performers working today. He’s appeared on TV numerous with performances on Best Week Ever (for which he was a cast member), The Pete Holmes Show, Comedy Central’s The Meltdown, and in his own CC Half Hour special last year. Now, Logan has recorded his first comedy album, “My Brave Battle.” For many fans like myself, this has been a awaited album which (hits stores today). I had the opportunity to talk to Logan about his first album… and Dungeons and Dragons, of course. Read More

    All Jane No Dick comedy festival being protested by men’s right activist

    The universe has been handing us some real doozies recently, making it hard to figure out which stories in our newsfeed are real and which are satire. Take for instance the recent partnership between the Susan G. Koman foundation and Baker Hughes, one of the world’s largest oil and fracking companies, to create pink drill bits. Or when a University in Norwich, England announced this week their campaign called “Go with the Flow,” which encourages students to pee in the shower in order to save water. Seems real life is giving funny a run for it’s money as even The Onion couldn’t make this stuff up. In further news of the “WHAT THE,” for the first time in it’s three years, Portland, Oregon’s all-women comedy fest, All Jane No Dick, found out their promotional materials were being destroyed by a men’s rights activist group. Read More

    NYPD arrest audience member during Adam Newman’s stand-up set, heckle the comedian with a nice “Shut the f*ck up!”

    Adam Newman, UCBThis weekend comedian Adam Newman was doing a spot at UCB Theater in New York, when 4 New York Police Department cops came into the theater with flashlights in the middle of his set to arrest someone in the audience. When Newman directs his attention to the part of the room where the commotion is happening, he gets yelled at by the police officers telling him to, “Shut the f*ck up!” It’s a surreal moment where Newman isn’t 100% sure what’s going on and definitely not sure how to respond by being heckled by the police. Read More

    Bill Hader hosted “Saturday Night Live”: Stefon is pregnant

    …and Seth Meyers is the father!

    Whenever an SNL alum returns to the show there’s two things we can bet the farm on 1) 1 or their classic characters will be revived for nostalgia and 2) We’ll more than likely see another alum (usually from the same cast) show up and play along with them. Yes, we realize this comes on the heels of none of these happening last week when Sarah Silverman hosted, but that episode was the outlier to this phenomenon. Read More

    6 Great Tina Belcher moments on “Bob’s Burgers”

    The Belcher family on Bob’s Burgers is one of the best TV families ever to grace the small screen. It’s so hard to pick a favorite, but since season 3, eldest Tina has stolen the show with no intention of giving it back. The definition of awkward, Tina is played by comedian Dan Mintz who’s voice at first may not seem right for a 13yr old girl. Fortunately, Mintz’ performances are a huge reason Tina has become one of the most beloved characters on television.

    In honor of Mintz’s recently released comedy album, The Stranger (available now), we picked out six of the greatest little Tina moments from the last four seasons. Read More