With this holiday weekend approaching, we here at The Laugh Button feel obligated to tell you how to get as many laughs as possible out of your Thanksgiving weekend. You know, just because it’s a holiday weekend doesn’t mean the comedy world is asleep! Nope, totally the opposite: with how many stand-up options you have between your involuntary food coma and your return to Monday’s obligations, it’s pretty appropriate to call this year’s holiday Laughsgiving. Below, you can find a slew of stand-up dates in big cities all across the country, prefaced by a highly NSFW, totally timely description of Patrice O’Neal revolting some elite older ladies with his description of “the dirty turkey.” Let’s hope you don’t react the same way to your holiday meat. Read More
On December 19th, Craig Ferguson will be stepping down as host of CBS’s The Late Late Show. New host James Corden will step in to take over on March 9th, and until then the show will run by a string of guest hosts.
According to Deadline, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow, Will Arnett, Wayne Brady, Drew Carey, Thomas Lennon, Billy Gardel, Sean Hayes, John Mayer, and Kunal Nayyar will fill in. Carey will book-end the fill-in schedule hosting the first week, January 5-9, and the last week, March 2-6.
With both CBS’s late night shows turning over a new chapter this year, many people called for more diversity in late night. These guest spots could serve as “future auditions” for possible late night gigs, so it is unfortunate to see a continued lack of diversity in these guest host gigs. CBS is diversifying their line-up a bit with Hayes, Brady, and Nayyar but didn’t line-up any women for a hosting gig. Also, John Mayer?
Last week we mentioned that Nore Davis will release his debut comedy album, Home Game this week on Black Friday. Today, he dropped a video sketch featuring a track from said album. It features Damien Lemon and Grizz Ghapman from 30 Rock and portrays Davis’ being from the hood.
Well, this is a fun piece of news to report on before the holiday season kicks off. After a killer time in paradise with 30+ of some of the best comedians working today, The Maui Comedy Festival has announced that it will be returning for a second season. The festival will once again take place in Lahaina over Halloween weekend, October 29th through November 1st, 2015.
Festival producers are be putting a special edition early bird VIP pass on sale at 12:01 am HST on Black Friday (November 28th, 2014). The pass will reward purchasers of this special pass at the 2015 festival with still to be announced exclusive gifts and access. They’re also offering up special festival room rates for the festival with their hospitality sponsor, The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort. In addition to ticket packages, room packages are already available starting on the 28th. So you can plan your comedy trip now!
All the details are available at www.mauicomedyfestival.com.
We were at the inaugural Maui Comedy Festival last month, read our coverage here.
There’s a big holiday happening this week! No, not Thanksgiving. Not Black Friday. Not even Wednesday, the biggest club night of the year. I’m talking about today, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, known as Harassment Day.
What is Harassment Day you ask? Well, it’s the brainchild of the late, great Patrice O’Neal. O’Neal introduced the concept to the world on his special, Elephant In The Room. A special that we watch every year on this day. It’s just a tradition we as comedy fans must keep alive. And with that, we will let Patrice explain the particulars.
No, but seriously, if you haven’t watched Elephant In The Room at least 5 times you cannot consider yourself a comedy fan.
This fall, freshman sitcoms Selfie and Manhattan Love Story were the first to get the axe. The two ran back-to-back and struggled mightily in the ratings. While ABC has decided to part ways with both, they have now found a new home over at Hulu. According to Deadline, unaired episodes of Selfie and Manhattan Love Story are available to stream on Hulu.
Selfie creator Emily Kapnek announced the news on Twitter.
You can watch the unaired episodes of Selfie on Hulu starting today, while Manhattan Love Story will be added beginning next week.
While many freshman sitcoms are biting the dust, one got some great news this week. According to Deadline, ABC’s new sitcom Cristela has been given a full season order, bringing season one from thirteen episodes to twenty-two. The only other freshman sitcom to receive the same treatment’s is ABC’s Black-ish.
Comedian Cristela Alonzo created and stars in the series which follows a Mexican-American law school graduate who must balance her chance to live the American Dream by working as an unpaid intern at a law firm with the concerns of her family.
Cristela also just released her new stand-up album, “Some Of The Hits” which is in stores now.
America’s Sweetheart Nick Offerman is quite possibly the greatest man in the history of man. Why? Because in addition to this, this, this, or even this; he has the greatest headshot pic an actor has ever had.
It could also be because, in addition to dispelling great wisdom upon us both as real man or as Ron Swanson he’s also a great entertainer. So, it’s with great excitement we announce the news that Offerman will finally see a release date for his stand-up special American Ham, based on the tour he launched in the Spring of 2013. At the end of the tour, Offerman taped his special in March of 2013 but until now it had not been given a release date. Read More
January will be a big month for FX and FXX. According to HitFix, the network has set premiere dates for the new seasons of hit shows Archer and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, as well as the premiere of their new series Man Seeking Woman.
Sterling Archer and the gang will return for their sixth season on Thursday, January 8th at 10pm on FX. After spending season five on the lam, working as drug dealers, the crew returns to their regular jobs. Although, this time around they will no longer be ISIS agents as the show has decided to change the agency’s name so as not be confused with the militant group.
It’s Always Sunny will return for its tenth season on the comedy-centric spinoff FXX Wednesday, January 14th at 10pm. The long-running show doesn’t need the help, but certainly will benefit from FXX’s new (much needed) rebirth thanks to endless re-runs of The Simpsons.
FXX’s newest original comedy, Man Seeking Woman, will make its debut on after Sunny. The series stars Jay Baruchel as a single guy looking for love. Eric Andre, Britt Lower and Maya Erskine co-star alongside Baruchel.
Well nobody saw this one coming. Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, starring Ellie Kemper, is moving from NBC to Netflix. The series was originally in development with the network, home of Fey’s former jobs SNL and 30 Rock, and scheduled for a March 2015. According to Deadline, Netflix stepped up and offered a two-season commitment and ordered 13 episodes for season one, doubling NBC’s original order.
”When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, we decided this was the best possible scenario to launch this captivating new series,” said NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt. “While it was originally developed for NBC, we have a very drama-heavy mid-season schedule so we’re thrilled about this Netflix opportunity; it’s an instant win-win for everyone, including Tina, Robert, and Universal Television.”
Greenblatt also stated Fey and Carlock are already in talks to develop something new for NBC. Considering the lack of strong comedies on the network, NBC could really use more projects from Fey.