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  • Scouts guide to the “comedy” apocalypse: The Laugh Button Interview with David Koechner

    David Koechner - Scouts Guide

    You might know David Koechner best as sportscaster Champ Kind of San Diego’s Channel 4 news team in the Anchorman films. However, his list of comedy credits could fill jukeboxes from New York to Los Angeles. From improv to feature film, Koechner is a comedy connoisseur working with and studying under the absolute best in the game. From Del Close at Chicago’s ImprovOlympic to Will Ferrell in the aforementioned Anchorman films, he’s made a name for himself and is a true scene-stealer. We had the opportunity to hang with Koechner leading up to his latest project, the horror-comedy Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse, which hits theaters October 30. We discuss the delicate balance horror-comedy requires, the philosophies of comedy, and the importance of the straight man in comedy. Read More

    Talking to Steve Rannazzisi: star of “The League” and the new Comedy Central stand-up special, “Breaking Dad”

    Photo by: Jason Merritt
    Photo by: Jason Merritt

    When one door closes, another one opens. That saying can be applied to stand-up comedian, actor, and writer Steve Rannazzisi. Over the last 7 years, he’s portrayed Kevin, the first one of the group on The League to get married and have a kid. And unfortunately, that character is coming to an end along with the show that is now about to launch its final season. Not a bad run. 7 seasons for any show is fantastic. And we wish we could get more. But the pedigree of talent on the show has outgrown its roots. Reading the names that star in the show now versus when it first started is quite phenomenal and that includes our guest Steve Rannazzisi. Now back to the door closed / open analogy. Rannazzisi has a new special coming to Comedy Central later this month, is currently starring in a series of Buffalo Wild Wings commercials and he’s also been recruited for the next installment of the Fox hit New Girl.  So I guess that’s three doors. I recently caught up with the comedian to discuss the final season, his new special Breaking Dad, and what he’s going to miss the most about the show.  Read More

    Making your friends explode: The Laugh Button interview with Justin Ware of Dr. God and “Bloodsucking Bastards”

    Justin Ware

    Halloween is right around the corner which means it horror-comedy time when it comes to films, sketches, and television shows. One particular film that has come our way, Bloodsucking Bastards, hails from L.A. based comedy troupe Dr. God. A team of improvisers made up of writers, producers, directors, actors, and comedians. Along with some of their friends from “Hollywood”, they’ve created a vampire-office-horror-comedy that showcases not only their particular brand of humor, but celebrates their comfort levels having worked together in the comedy universe for quite some time. And it shows. Fans of the genre will get everything and more from this film and who wouldn’t want to blow up their friends in a feature. I had the opportunity to catch up with one of Dr. God’s own, producer, actor, and writer of Bloodsucking Bastards, Justin Ware. We discuss the origins of the film, history of the troupe, and life as an improviser. And go see the film! Read More

    The not so fine line between a trick and a joke with Justin Willman

    Justin Willman

    With his first Comedy Central Special, Sleight of Mouth, behind him, Magician Justin Willman has taken himself and his tricks to the road. His goal is that you may find the humor in magic and the magic in humor. Relax; allow yourself to be entertained like when you were a kid and you were more concerned about what else could be up his sleeve as opposed to how it’s done. Like a meticulously crafted joke, good magic is a process of time, trial and error and dedication. Which is exactly what we talked about when we had the chance to catch up with the man himself.  Read More

    “Summahtology” with comedian Howard Kremer: The Laugh Button Interview

    Howard Kremer

    Comedian Howard Kremer, also know as Dragon Boy Suede, has released six albums and has had a half-hour special on Comedy Central. He has written on Austin Stories (which he co-created), The Goode Family from Mike Jedge, Human Giant and more. He has also made regular appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Comedy Bang Bang, @midnight and The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail. His podcast, Who Charted?, is a weekly countdown of the top charters in music, movies and more and has featured guests such as Sarah Silverman and Zach Galifianakis. He is also featured in the upcoming Nat Geo show Now We Know. He performs stand-up and “Summah” summits at clubs all over the U.S. as well as overseas. Howard is the founder of the “Have a Summah!” lifestyle movement celebrating everything summer. The “Have a Summah” movement has lead to the release of four full length albums, and video starring Zooey Deschanel and Summahfest, an annual summer celebration at the Nerdist Showroom in Hollywood. We caught up with the comedian in support of his latest album Summahtology and talked about his roots in music and comedy, developing characters, and what it was like being a part of the west coast alternative scene explosion. Read More

    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

    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

    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