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  • Carving Your Own Path: A conversation with Sara Schaefer

    There’s no one right way to carve out a career in comedy. Going off the beaten path can be risky, but it also has the potential to be the most rewarding. Comedian Sara Schaefer has made a name for herself doing things her way. We talked to Schaefer about her recent move to Los Angeles, starting a production company, and ups and downs of taking the road less traveled. Check it out. Read More

    Baysides and musicals: The Laugh Button interview with Dustin Diamond

    It seems almost immediately after ending his runs of the hit tween 90s sitcom Saved By The Bell and two follow-up series, Dustin Diamond has been a wealth of controversy in the news. Most recently, his 2009 tell-all book Behind the Bell was adapted into the Lifetime movie The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story which furthered his infamy in the eyes of fans of the popular show. From TV to movies to books to comedy to reality television, Dustin has ridden the series almost everywhere. And now, he’s taking it to Broadway! Well off-Broadway that is. Dustin is now starring as himself in Bayside The Musical, which is “the unauthorized musical parody of TV’s Saved By The Bell.” Currently running at Theatre 80 in New York City. We recently spoke with Diamond after his opening night performance to get the scoop on why he wanted to be a part of the musical, why Saved By The Bell has stood the test of time all these years, and musicals vs stand-up. Read More

    All About Perspective: A conversation with Ben Kronberg

    Ben Kronberg is one of the most unique and innovative comics today. From clever puns, to rapping along with his iPhone beatbox app, I have time after time curled over from laughter watching him perform. Having recently performed at the High Plains Comedy Festival, I had the pleasure of chatting with Ben about his Denver roots, his most recent TV appearances, and why it’s important to not let the things you don’t have overshadow what you do have. Check it out. Read More

    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