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  • Misery Loves Comedy: The Laugh Button interviews with Kevin Pollak, Lewis Black, Jim Norton, and Caroline Hirsch from the premiere

    Misery Loves ComedyThis past Wednesday, we were invited to cover the red carpet premiere of Kevin Pollak’s new documentary film Misery Loves Comedy. The film was part of this year’s TriBeCa Film Festival, currently running throughout New York City. Comedy has been a big focal point of the festival including Pollak’s film among other comedy docs Live From New York!, Monty Python’s Meaning of Live, and Roseanne for President! In Misery Loves Comedy, Pollak weaves conversation footage from some of the biggest names in comedy from the stand-up, acting, producing, and writing worlds to tell his story. His goal: find the correlation, if any, between misery and comedy. The film begs the question, “Do you have to be miserable to be funny?” We also learn what it’s like inside the mind of said talents including Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, Kumail Nanjiani, Larry David, Kathleen Madigan and so many others. 60 to be exact. Read More

    The Laugh Button Podcast: Karate and fireworks with Rob Cantrell

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    Mark and Matt deliver thoughts about late night humor, Nate Bargatze, Nic Cage, Aziz Ansari on Netflix, and even a bit about Star Wars. We then host Rob Cantrell to discuss Karate and Fireworks with Mitch Hedberg, weed, and how much you would pay for your memories all in this super stuffed episode of The Laugh Button Podcast. Read More

    About Andres du Bouchet’s tirade about the state of late night comedy

    Andres du BouchetThis weekend comedian, and longtime Conan writer Andres du Bouchet went on a Twitter tirade about the current state of late night television.

    Du Bouchet was seemingly fed up with the scene and its very broad approach to what it puts on the air. Du Bouchet didn’t name names, but declared that current shows are chock full of pranks, nostalgia plays, celebrity sketches, karaoke, mash-ups, and hashtags… summing everything up by calling it “Prom King Comedy,” and stating “shove your lip-syncing up your ass.”

    Du Bouchet has since deleted his tweets which is chock full of NSFW language, but does he have a point? Read More

    The Laugh Button Podcast: Linquistics lessons with Myq Kaplan

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    There’s a lot of amateur raps on this episode as Mark and Matt discuss the comedy news including Amy Schumer hosting the VMAs, HBO’s new season of comedy shows, and Letterman. They then welcome comedian Myq Kaplan onto the show to discuss his comedy career. Read More

    I Had To Follow That! Ari Shaffir has his confidence checked

    Ari Shaffir

    Ari Shaffir tells us a story about his early days coming up at The Comedy Store. He was working the door at the club and getting some stage time. With the experience under his belt, Shaffir was beginning to gain confidence. Confidence that was quickly put into check. Read More

    Veep returns and it’s “Future Whatever”

    VEEP Season 4

    As the Vice President of the United States, Selina Meyer was a woman on a mission. Any mission, in fact. Of (the most awkward) sorts. Disjointed ventures barely purported to win votes and carelessly undermined by P.O.T.U.S. (the President Of The United States) from episode one. And by her own staff, no less. Communication breakdowns due to office rivalries made for speeches that regularly needed last minute re-writes and that were not always delivered on time. So, what happened in those situations? The show must go on is everybody’s menu du jour and Selina’s was no different. She was forced to improvise – with embarrassingly results. Read More

    Taraji P. Henson hosted Saturday Night Live: Cookie came out to play

    Taraji P. Henson

    You know it’s hard out there for a pimp. Taraji P. Henson has waiting many years to be an overnight success. From starring in Academy Award winning movies to critically acclaimed CBS dramas. But it wasn’t until the seemingly overnight success of her current project, Empire where Henson became a household name. And when that happens, the folks at Saturday Night Live came knocking and asked her to host the show and, it turns out, drop some killer Nicki Minaj and Wanda Sykes impersonations, that’s right, Henson has some moves. Let’s get to it. Read More

    Louie season five: Louie is as Louie does

    Louie Season 5

    If you found the “forced kiss” scene with commitment-phobe Pam uncomfortable in season four (where she tells him “This would be rape if you weren’t so stupid”), you probably squirmed and melted into your seat towards the end of last night’s first episode of Louie. Season five fired off on all cylinders, and that’s not in a good way – but in a “Louie” way. Read More

    The Laugh Button Podcast: Story time with Danny Tamberelli

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    We welcome the one and only Danny Tamberelli who’s best known as one of the title characters on The Adventures of Pete And Pete. Since his time on the iconic show, Tamberelli’s become an accomplished musician, and currently spending time in the comedy troupe ManBoobs. Read More

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, boldly going where few comedy journalists dared to go before

    John Oliver

    When David Letterman announced that he was retiring last year, he inadvertently put in motion a shift of seismic proportions within the silver screen’s satirical realm. The first one was an unexpected blow to many (whose hearts shattered in unison at the news) and it occurred when Stephen Colbert’s name was confirmed as Letterman’s own replacement on The Late Show (which also marked the beginning of the end for The Colbert Report). The next one, as Larry Wilmore swiftly squeezed onto Colbert’s vacant seat on what became The Nightly Show, was a joyous event. A year later, Jon Stewart announced that he was leaving The Daily Show and a practically unknown comedian from South Africa, Trevor Noah was deemed as his successor. Read More