Interviews Archives - The Laugh Button

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  • Embracing the Absurd: A conversation with Kate Berlant

    Kate Berlant is an enigmatic performer. Her unique brand of stand-up is delightfully absurd and hilarious. She recently was invited to Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival this year as one of their “New Faces of Comedy,” where she was one of the fest’s stand outs. I caught up with the LA native to talk about her recent trip to Canada, her videos with John Early, touring with musicians, and dancing in her underwear to Sinead O’Conner. Give it a read. Read More

    A conversation with High Plains Comedy Festival co-founders Adam Cayton-Holland and Andy Juett

    Denver, Colorado has one of the most underrated comedy scenes in the country. The scene has boomed in the past few years and has now become a destination city for up-and-coming comics to put down roots. A big part of this boom has been because of a handful of hardworking local comics, two of which launched an indie comedy festival last year. Adam Cayton-Holland and Andy Juett, co-founders of the High Plains Comedy Festival, are bringing in heavy hitters from coast to coast (Kumail Nanjiani, TJ Miller, Ben Kronberg, Jared Logan, Kate Berlant, etc.) to join some of Denver’s finest for the fest’s second year this weekend, August 21-23rd. I had the opportunity to talk to Adam and Andy about the Denver comedy scene and what they have in store for this year’s festival. Check it out. Read More

    My Man is a Loser: a conversation with Bryan Callen

    Comedian Bryan Callen is always staying busy. Between touring the country performing stand-up, he’s acted in many TV shows and films, including Entourage, How I Met Your Mother, MadTV, Death Valley, The Hangover films, Warrior, and many more. We got a chance to chat with Callen about his role in the new film, My Man is a Loser, in theaters now and available now On Demand. Read More

    Just For Laughs 2014: A conversation with ‘New Face’ Monroe Martin

    Monroe Martin

    One of the big highlights of Just For Laughs Montreal is checking out the new crop of up-and-comers that are named this year’s “New Faces of Comedy.” Twenty-one comedians, and twelve unrepped, from all over the country are invited to perform at the largest comedy festival, in front the entire industry. Some shine in their moment under the spotlight, some do not. Monroe Martin is one who shined.

    We had to chance to sit down with Monroe, after a great set at the “New Faces” showcase, to talk about all things JFL, being on Last Comic Standing, and one very interesting elevator ride. Read More

    Mandatory Fun: The Laugh Button interview with “Weird Al” Yankovic

    “Weird Al” Yankovic is having a moment. With the recent release of his fourteen studio album, Mandadory Fun, the iconic comedian/musician/satirist has once again displayed his incredible chops as a spoof songwriter with his finger on what people find funny. We got the chance to speak with Al very briefly just days before Mandatory Fun would hit #1 on the Billboard music charts. A feat that Yankovic had never done in his 30+ years of performing and no comedy album had done in 51. We spoke about the new album, his marketing plan to release eight singles/videos in eight days, and how he’s he felt about the success of the release. Read More

    The Laugh Button interview with Jonathan Kite

    Jonathan KiteWe recently spoke with Jonathan Kite best known as the short order cook Oleg from the the popular CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls. Kite is also an alum of the prestigious Second City. We got a few moments to speak with Kite about his his background in improv, his A.D.D., and well, because of these, he didn’t really answer any of our questions truthfully. We wouldn’t want it any other way.

    To begin, as the years go by on 2 Broke Girls, what do you learn from season to season?

    I am constantly learning what it takes to be successful. Success is measured in many different ways and is sometimes measured in failure. I’ve also learned that I can write fortune cookie papers if this whole acting thing doesn’t pan out. Read More

    Bonding through jokes: The Laugh Button interview with Ahmed Ahmed

    Ahmed Ahmed is living an interesting life. From stand-up comic, film and TV actor, to documentary maker, it’s chock full of fascinating moments. We recently sat down with Ahmed after his set at Gotham Comedy Club where he was on the NY leg of the Sullivan & Son stand-up comedy tour which features Ahmed and 3 of his co-stars/comedians – Steve Byrne, Owen Benjamin, Roy Wood Jr. all from the hit TBS sitcom of the same name. The comedian revealed about having bit parts in various shows and films, his work outside of comedy, Hollywood, how the guys have bonded on the show, touring life and much more! Read More

    It’s all about the hustle: The Laugh Button interview with Roy Wood Jr.

    Roy Wood Jr. is one hell of a hustler. We learned this from sitting down with the comedian and current co-star of the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son. Roy was at Gotham Comedy Club recently for the Sullivan & Son stand-up comedy tour which features him and his co-stars from the show – Steve Byrne, Owen Benjamin, Ahmed Ahmed. Prior to his set at we spoke with Wood about his beginnings as a touring comedian in the South, his thoughts on Last Comic Standing, and that work ethic he deployed to get to where he is today. Read More