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  • Host of Got UR # on Fuse Timothy Dunn : The Laugh Button interview

    Timothy Dunn Photo

    Timothy Dunn is a New York City-based comedy-maker. A Northwestern University grad, Tim moved to New York from his native Chicago and was thrilled to join the company of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in January 2008. He’s been an actor on three house sketch comedy teams (Maude Teams), a line producer and performer on three internet sketch comedy teams (Beta Teams), and he’s currently the Senior Producer and an actor on UCBComedy Digital Team, Pocketwatch, making topical sketch comedy for the internet and beyond. Outside of his company teams’ shows, Tim’s been in a dozen sketch comedy shows with runs at the theatre. A few highlights include Waiting for Obama: A Night at the Disney Hall of Presidents, The Bachelor: Romance, Roses, and Romance and Brad Sacks Gets a Handjob. Tim also co-hosts a weekly improv-storytelling comedy podcast, produced by UCBComedy, called So, You’re Going Through a Break-Up…, with comedy partner and good buddy, Caitlin Bitzegaio. Outside of the UCB World, Tim’s made appearances on Conan, MTV, VH1, Logo, Animal Planet and in commercial and voiceover spots around the world. We headed over to Fuse headquarters and sat down with Dunn to catch up on his latest show and project, Got UR #. Read More

    Touring, politicians wearing shorts, and quitting stand-up: an interview with Kyle Dunnigan

    Kyle Dunnigan

    After a jaunt down the West coast and a plethora of dates with Amy Schumer down South, comedian and writer Kyle Dunnigan is packing up his bags once again to make his way across the country. The Midwestern leg of his tour includes stops in Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago and St. Louis and then in his words, “I’m retiring.” Thankfully Kyle doesn’t have a backup plan so it’s doubtful it’ll stick. We caught up with the Professor Blastoff co-host while he was working on Caitlyn Jenner material for Howard Stern. So we pick his brain about that, an upcoming tour and well, things just carried on from there. Read More

    Maui Comedy Festival co-founder Paul Chamberlain talks to The Laugh Button about his new summer comedy series

    Paul Chamberlain

    Imagine your favorite comedy festival. Now imagine taking that festival to one of the best vacation destinations in the world with one of a kind experiences. That about sums it up. The Maui Comedy Festival burst onto the scene in 2014 with some of the hottest acts in comedy today including Craig Robinson, Reggie Watts, Greg Proops, Hannibal Buress, Aisha Tyler, Tig Notaro and Kyle Kinane. With the immense success of the first year of the fest, it called for changes and demanded more. Thus, The Maui Comedy Festival Summer Series of Comedy in the Summer (Which is currently being debated in The Laugh Button offices as the best fest name yet). Read More

    Vans Warped Tour and Warped Comedy Tent creator Kevin Lyman: The Laugh Button Interview

    Kevin Lyman

    Just off celebrating the 20th anniversary of its existence, the Vans Warped Tour welcomes a new addition to its scene. Comedy. This year will mark the start of a new tradition with the 2015 Vans Warped Tour Comedy Tent and we are psyched to be the official sponsor for its entirety this year. This is the brain child of Warped Tour creator Kevin Lyman and SideOneDummy Records founder Joe Sib, whose SideOneDummy Storytellers Show has been a success on both coasts. I recently had the chance to talk with the festival founder and comedy fan Kevin Lyman about the new endeavor, why the music and comedy worlds are more similar than you think, other attempts at comedy tours and what comedy legend he used to drive around while in college. Here is The Laugh Button Interview with Kevin Lyman. Read More

    It Won’t Always Be This Great and Seinfeld writer Peter Mehlman: The Laugh Button Interview


    Peter Mehlman became a writer for the Washington Post after college. He then found his way into television in 1982 working on SportsBeat with Howard Cosell. From 1985-90 he wrote for The New York Times Magazine, GQ and Esquire. Then it was time for the left coast. While out there, he ran into Larry David, whom he’d met back in New York. David invited Mehlman to submit a sample script for his show Seinfeld. Mehlman elected to send in a humor piece he’d written for the Times Magazine instead and landed the gig as a freelance writer for the show. It would be the first Seinfeld freelance episode, The Apartment. Over the eight-year run of the show, Mehlman rose to executive producer and coined such Seinfeld-isms as Yada Yada spongeworthy, shrinkage,. and double-dipping. In 1997, Mehlman joined DreamWorks and created It’s like, you know…, a scathing look at Los Angeles. Recently, Mehlman received praise for his first novel, It Won’t Always Be This Great, which was released in 2014. The Washington Post named it “One of the top five comedic books of 2014″ and the only novel to make that list. In It Won’t Always Be This Great, Mehlman shows how one man’s story is never really his story alone including his hopes, failures, dreams, and realities. And how one man’s moment of rage snowballs into an entirely new life for him and those around him. Read More

    Demetri Martin and the persistence of jokes

    Demetri Martin

    About five years into his stand-up comedy career, Demetri Martin landed a writing job on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Daily Show soon after. It was around that time he wrote his first one-man show and began exploring the idea of screenwriting and acting. Then he continued on from there. A restless creative spirit with the will to be challenged; stand-up comic, writer, director and actor, Demetri Martin is taking to the road on The Persistence of Jokes Tour to revisit his passion from which it all came, stand-up comedy. Read More

    10 questions for 10 years: Early podcasters Keith and The Girl hit the decade anniversary mark

    Keith and Chemda

    Keith and The Girl, abbreviated as KATG, is a comedy podcast that began in March of 2005. It is hosted by Keith Malley and Chemda Khalili in Queens, New York. The hosts are known for interacting with their audience live via chat rooms, web cam and phone calls. In the show, Malley and Khalili discuss their lives and current events in humorous and unrestrained fashion. Simply put and well stated, the show’s tagline sums it all up, “Keith and his ex-girlfriend talk shit”. These two were, and still are, at the forefront of what we now know as the current podcast universe that has been filled to the brim with shows so specific in genre, that there are podcasts podcasting about podcasts. Read More

    Lonelygirl48 is not buying it: The Laugh Button interview with Kendra Cunningham

    Kendra Cunningham

    Kendra Cunningham is juggling more projects than you can fit into a tweet: two award winning web series’, a television pilot, and a killer blog. Plus, she’s producing and co-starring in a feature film and working on a screenplay. I haven’t even mentioned her ever-growing list of stand-up credits that helped land her a prestigious invite to the Edinburgh Comedy Festival. We met up with this Boston transplant to talk about her ongoing to-do list and to find out if we’re ever going to meet her fabled mom. Read More

    Gilda’s LaughFest 2015: The Laugh Button interview with festival director Joanne Roehm

    Gilda's LaughfestGilda’s LaughFest, the nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter, has quickly earned a reputation for being one of the nation’s marquee events for both participants and artists. This major 10- day Midwest festival is based in Grand Rapids is going on March 5-15 and includes events throughout West Michigan. Created by Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and launched in March 2011 to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv , film, authors, community showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff. In addition, each year of LaughFest has attracted more than 50,000 attendees to West Michigan! We had the chance to catch up with Festival Director Joanne Roehm to discuss this year’s fest, World Record attempts, Hi-Fives, and of course the line-up. Read More

    In Ruins with the Bitter Buddha: The Laugh Button interview with Eddie Pepitone


    Eddie Pepitone has become one of the most respected comedians in the comedy community and a cult favorite in L.A. And in recent years, he’s taken on the moniker of the “Bitter Buddha”. Recently, he’s explained to us why this world is In Ruins, his latest effort now available on iTunes. You may recognize his voice from WTF with Marc Maron, or witnessed his victory last year on @midnight, or saw one of his many guest appearances on comedy programs such as Bob’s Burgers, The King of Queens, Chapelle’s Show, Monk, Community, Childrens Hospital, Happy EndingsFlight of the Conchords, 2 Broke Girls, or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Here’s our latest time spent with Mr. Pepitone. Read More