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  • Netflix orders animated series ‘F is for Family’ from Bill Burr

    Netflix loves Bill Burr. In addition releasing a new special through Netflix, Burr has now sold an animated series to Netflix. According to TV Line, the online streaming giant has purchases six-episode order for F is for Family, an animated half hour series set in the 1970’s.

    The series follows he Murphy family in the 1970’s, “a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside and bring a gun to the airport.” The series was written by Burr and Simpsons writer Michael Price. Burr will also lend his voice to he patriarch of the Murphy family, joined by Laura Dern and Justin Long.

    F is for Family is the show I’ve always wanted to do,” said Burr. “It captures all the characters of my childhood the way I remember it to be. Fortunately Mike Price and everyone at Wild West seem to know the same people I knew growing up. It’s going to be a lot of fun to tell these stories.”

    Burr is having one hell of a year. In addition to this and his new special, the comedian also released a vinyl, was cast in a new pilot for FX, and was named “Stand-up Comedian the Year” at this year’s Just For Laughs festival. 2014 is the year of the Burr.

    Cool thing to buy this week: Jonathan Katz “Dr. Katz Live” on CD

    There’s a lot of stuff out there in the world vying for both your attention and your hard-earned dollars. The Laugh Button is here to help you make the right decisions when it comes to purchasing funny things. Here’s what’s cool to buy this week.

    Dr. Katz LiveJonathan Katz: Dr. Katz Live
    PURCHASE: Amazon | iTunes

    Jonathan Katz may be getting every so slightly up there in age, but he’s no less funny for it. His quasi-autobiographical animated sitcom Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, has aged nicely too; what better time, then, to bring it to life on stage? Dr. Katz Live, out now, is exactly that. Taped at a live San Francisco show, this new album boasts the appearance of both of Katz’ former Professional co-stars Sarah Silverman and H. Jon Benjamin. Better yet, younger faces feature: B.J. Novak, Eugene Mirman, and Andy Kindler all contribute.

    Dr. Katz Live feels like an appropriate follow-up to the 2007 Comedy Central special An Evening with Dr. Katz: Live from the Comedy Central Stage. Both feature Silverman and Benjamin performing live-action as their sitcom characters, but somehow the new CD feels even more fresh and hysterical. The unwound and neurotic patients of both the original series and the 2007 special can be felt vividly and hilariously throughout Dr. Katz Live, which is a welcome throwback to a show that still feels like it never left. Read More

    FX releases all 552 “Simpsons” episodes available to stream today

    FX got a huge bump in ratings and broke records with their colossal “Every Simpsons Ever’ marathon. Since then, the channel has focused on providing a four to six hour block dedicated to the beloved animated series Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Just in case that wasn’t enough, FX today released all 552 episodes available to stream online.

    What?! Yes, you can have your own Simpsons marathon whenever you like. Simpsons World will offer every episode of The Simpsons ever and can be accessed through or the FXNow app starting today. Read More

    Hannibal Buress calls out Bill Cosby on stage, bringing up past accusations declaring, “You’re A Rapist”

    Buress CosbyHannibal Buress had a few choice words for legendary comedian Bill Cosby from the stage during a stop in Philadelphia at the Trocadero. Cosby is a well known native to Philadelphia and Buress went on an comedic rant about the city’s native son, pointing out the hypocrisy and righteous stance Cosby often takes when it comes to social issues yet he himself isn’t as squeaky clean as some think.

    For those unfamiliar with the story, Cosby came under fire in the mid 2000s with lawsuits from a over a dozen women who claimed to be drugged and sexually assaulted by the comedian. The accusations dated back decades. The statute of limitations ran out on some and others were settled out of court. However, Cosby was never publicly accused of rape. Read More

    Leslie Jones added to the cast of “Saturday Night Live” as featured player

    Leslie JonesIn a move that has seemed more and more obvious with each passing week. Lorne Michaels has called Saturday Night Live writer and stand-up comedian Leslie Jones as a featured cast member. She will begin her run with this week’s episode, which is hosted by Jim Carrey.

    Jones has been a writer for SNL since early 2014 and was one of the 12 ladies Michaels was determined to find a black woman to join the cast. Sasheer Zamata ended up joining the cast at the time but Jones was brought on as a writer. Read More

    Amy Poehler producing church comedy for NBC with Aisha Muharrar

    The Queen of NBC has picked up a new project. With the hit show Parks and Recreation coming to an end this year, Amy Poehler has signed on to produce a new comedy written by fellow Parks co-executive producer Aisha Muharrar. According to Deadline, the untitled show will be a single-cam work place comedy that follows “a young, agnostic woman who inherits a church and the crew of strong-willed characters who make up her new community.”

    Poehler has been flexing her producing muscles executive producing the new runaway hit show on Comedy Central, Broad City, which will air it’s second season next year. Poehler had also sold a pilot, Old Soul, centered around a retirement home that wasn’t picked up, is bringing her brother’s Welcome to Sweden to America, and is producing a pilot from Billy Eichner and Julie Klausner over at USA.

    Muharrar has written for Fox’s animated comedy Sit Down, Shut Up, and has been on the Parks writing staff since the show’s early beginnings. She’s written many great episodes including season 4’s “Born & Raised,” “Operation Ann,” season 5’s “Ron & Dianne” and more.

    Fox trims “Mulaney” series order to 13

    The talk of the fall (hell, year) has been all about John Mulaney’s new sitcom Mulaney. The show was originally turned down by NBC, a call that shocked many, then was picked up by FOX. Unfortunately, FOX recently decided to trim its season one order from 16 episodes to 13. According to Deadline, Mulaney just wrapped up its 13th episode and was about to start production on episode 14 before Fox halted production. After airing two episodes, the show is off to a slow start.

    The sitcom has received an unusually high barrage of criticism. Duo the show’s hype around its star, the show has earned both overly-high expectations and overly-low ones as well before the series even aired. The series received pretty mixed reviews since. While the scale-back is a little worrisome, 16 episodes is an unusually high order for a new series. With three other straight-to-series rookie shows at FOX this fall, this could be more of a financial move that actually benefits Mulaney in the long run. We’ll have to see.

    Mulaney airs on Sundays at 9:30pm est.

    Key & Peele set first joint film “Keanu” for production next year

    The duo behind Comedy Central’s hit show Key & Peele, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have set their first joint feature film over at New Line. According to Deadline, the project will start production next spring.

    The duo have been attached to multiple film projects over the past year, including a Police Academy reboot, a Judd Apatow flick, and a Key & Peele spinoff featuring beloved substitute teacher, Mr.Garvey. Their first film however will be titled Keanu, and tells the story of friends who pose as drug dealers to infiltrate the criminal underworld to retrieve a stolen cat named, Keanu. The film was written by Peele and Alex Rubens who write for Key & Peele and Community.

    It’s certainly an interesting choice for a debut film. Either way, it looks like we’ll be seeing Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele on the big screen a lot for the next few years (at least).