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  • Jermaine Fowler developing sitcom with ABC

    Jermaine Fowler has teamed up with ABC for a new offbeat family sitcom. Fowler received a script commitment for a comedy that will be semi-autobiographically based on Fowler’s life. While the show is currently untitled, we’ve learned that Fowler will star as a college dropout who ends up living with his estranged grandmother. The thing is that his grandma isn’t soft and warm, rather a former DC cop who dispatches some tough love to get Fowler back into the world.

    Fowler and 3 Arts will executive produce the show. Fowler is becoming a hot commodity of late as his new sketch show, Friends of the People. But that seems to suit him just fine, in 2012, we spoke with Fowler at Just For Laughs and he talked about his many hats, which at the time included the re-boot of In Living Color.

    Flight of the Conchords are returning to HBO with new show

    Flight Of The Conchords hasn’t aired in over five years but the duo of Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie are plotting a return to HBO.

    During a round of interviews for his new vampire spoof movie, What We Do In The Shadows, Clement stated that the duo were asked to do a new four episode comedy show on HBO and that it will debut in 2015. Leading many to believe we’d see more Flight of the Conchords. However, Clement later clarified that the show will not be Flight of the Conchords 2.0 rather something completely different. Regardless, we’ll get new Flight of the Conchords material on the air and that will be awesome.

    Cool thing to buy this week: Joe DeRosa “Mistakes Were Made: The B-Sides”

    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.

    Joe DeRosa - MistakesJoe DeRosa Mistakes Were Made: The B-Sides
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    Joe DeRosa is a great comedian, steadily churning out great album after great album. So far he’s released 3 proper studio albums, the latest being 2013′s You Will Die. While DeRosa’s previous 3 albums are absolutely worth your time, here’s an album for the comedy completionist as the album’s title suggests. Taking cues from his musical idols, DeRosa released a B-Sides records. Something we don’t get much of in comedy but often get in the music world. Giving something for his fans to dive into until the next proper comedy album gets released.

    The album features early bits, some he honed into material for his other records. Some are just great ideas that you’ll only find on a compilation such as this. It was recorded all over the place, in clubs DeRosa has worked in over the years. Rough audio with germs of ideas crash into the next bit. If this is your first introduction to DeRosa start with his other works, but if you’re already down with Joe D, take a listen as it’s a great track of his process. Read More

    This Week In Comedy: Labor of a season

    This weekend marks the unofficial end of the summer. So it means one last chance to have a summer fling or sing a Grease song about it, that’s what the kids are doing these days right?

    - The week started off with a lot of Emmy chatter, we made some early predictions then broke down where the funny parts were.

    - John Oliver took pinatas to the toolshed.

    - We learned that Mike Epps will play Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic. The world was saved from another thing with Nick Cannon in it.

    - We learned that Mark Normand still has it, in fact, he never lost it.

    - We got teased by Girls. Read More

    FOX buys comedy pilot based on Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo’s life

    Well this looks interesting. According to Deadline, the Fox network has bought a new comedy pilot from Psych creator Steve Franks that will be based off of Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo’s life. Entitled DeTour, the single camera comedy “centers on a thirtysomething rock star who, unable to rationalize his success and worried that he may not have the tools to repeat it, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive success.”

    Cuomo is a Harvard grad, having attended the Ivy League school off and on from 1995 to 2006. The pilot will be largely based his last years earning his English degree after taking a sabbatical from his music career. I wonder if Franks and Cuomo have seen The Undone Sweaters. Let’s line up some auditions for Jim Tews, Andrew Short, and Reid Faylor.

    Joan Rivers hospitalized in after she stops breathing during surgery

    The iconic Joan Rivers was rushed to a Manhattan hospital Thursday morning after she stopped breathing during an operation.

    Reports state Rivers was undergoing throat surgery at a clinic on the Upper West Side when a problem occurred, she stopped breathing, and was rushed to Mount Sinai Medical Center.

    The 81-year-old comedian is currently in critical condition. We will share more news as it becomes available. Read More

    “Full House” may be coming back to TV

    This week in news that might not be new, but totally could be… it seems like the beloved 80′s-90′s sitcom, Full House, might be coming back to TV. According to Variety, a revival of the show is in the works. While nothing is concrete at the moment, there have been talks of Warner Bros. bringing Full House back.

    The series originally aired on ABC from 1987 through 1995 and helped make Bob Saget, John Stamos, and Dave Coulier household names. Stamos recently hinted at a Full House return on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live saying, “We’re sort of working on a twist on a sequel.” If that twist is letting Saget be the foul-mouthed man stand-up fans know and love, then I’m all for it… at least for a few episodes.