The lineup for The Homegrown Comic Competition, which is the annual showcase of next gen Canadian comedy stars, has been announced for the 2015 edition of the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. The competition will be hosted by Canadian comedian and actor Shaun Majumder and will include Aisha Alfa, Chris James, Daniel Woodrow, Guido Cocomello, John Cullen, Julia Hladkowicz, Matt Falk, Matt Wright and Sean Emeny. Tickets for this affair are on sale now. And for more detailed breakdowns about each comic in the competition head over to the competition site.
On last night’s episode of Inside Amy Schumer, the comedian took up the chance to defend Bill Cosby and all of those sexual assault allegations. Which begs the question for comedians and civilians alike have asked since all of these allegations began, is it possible to still like Cosby’s work while disliking all the other stuff he’s been accused of? Or to quote Schumer as she mentioned in this sketch, “The next time you put on a rerun of The Cosby Show, you may wince a little, might feel a little pang. And none of us deserve that. We don’t deserve to feel that pang. We deserve to dance like no one’s watching and watch like no one’s raping.”
For those already on board with Grace and Frankie, the Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin project, you are celebrating this morning with the news of a second season coming to Netflix. And for those who like to stock pile seasons for the ultimate binge watch, now you are going to have some more to work with. This seems to be the current trend with shows as of late with renewal announcements coming just before the start or shortly after a season begins. The show just debuted back on May 8th. Those not familiar with the show, the series follows Grace, a retired cosmetics mogul, and Frankie, a hippie art teacher, whose husbands, Robert and Sol, are successful divorce lawyers in San Diego. Grace and Frankie’s lives are turned upside down when Robert and Sol announce that they are in love with each other and are leaving their wives. Now, the women, who have never really liked each other, are forced to live together and support each other as they navigate the next chapter of their lives. For Netflix, the renewal comes as all of its original scripted dramas and comedies have gone on to secure second seasons. The streaming service’s growing original comedy roster also includes Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and BoJack Horseman.
We were excited when we caught wind of comedian, musician, and actor Dave Hill’s debut comedy album earlier this month. Well, we are now one step closer as Let Me Turn You On is now available for pre-order for the June 9 release on ASPECIALTHING Records. On this album, Hill intersperses a stand up show recorded live at Union Hall in Brooklyn with some of his hilarious short stories told over his trademark sweet guitar riffs. Listeners are treated to tales of the time he went to prison, a fateful encounter with an angry homeless man, his travels to Japan where he played with his band Valley Lodge, his classic erotic short stories, and of course some wicked guitar playing. If you want to plant the seed for a future “Your Welcome” to yourself, pre-order on iTunes here. If you are old school and prefer compact discs and awesome album artwork you can pre-order that here. And every Monday night, he can be heard hosting his own radio show, The Goddamn Dave Hill Show, from 9pm to midnight on WFMU. You can stream episodes here. Read More
2015 marks the start of a new tradition on the Vans Warped Tour which recently celebrated it’s 20th anniversary. The Laugh Button is psyched to announce that we are the official sponsor of the inaugural Warped Comedy Tent and will be bringing comedy to the Warped Tour all summer long. Comedians Grant Cotter and Eli Olsberg are set to host the first year run and will be on all 41 tour dates throughout the campaign. Other comedians to appear on various dates on tour are Ben Bizuneh, Chase Bernstein, Dave Ross, Eric Schwartz, Sammy Obeid, Sandy Danto and Beth Stelling who just got the nod for her first Comedy Central Half Hour. And there are sure to be some special guests and drop-ins along the way. For all the latest info follow #WARPEDCOMEDY on social media. “We’ve always been about trying new things, and having The Laugh Button throw their support behind the Warped Comedy Tent, is an honor and lends some credibility to the project in its inaugural run,” says Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman. The Laugh Button will provide an insider’s look at the festival both here on the site as well as the podcast. Weekly video diary entries from the road as well as backstage, interviews with the comedians and bands on tour, and comedian take-overs of our socials. We’ve got Comedy. Covered.
The Anthony Cumia Show has evolved into The Anthony Cumia Show Network.
Not even a year after his firing from SiriusXM and his longtime talk show, The Opie & Anthony Show Cumia has turned his one man show into two. Announcing that a second show will join the network’s ranks, that show is The Legion of Skanks podcast. Which is co-hosted by three comedians, Big Jay Oakerson, Luis J. Gomez, and Dave Smith. Read More
Season 6 of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee will premiere on June 3rd, with Stephen Colbert, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Bill Maher
Jerry Seinfeld’s mega awesome web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will return for a 6th season on June 3rd. Even awesomer is this news being announced in a trailer for said season. This season Seinfeld drive and drinks coffee with Stephen Colbert, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Carrey, Steve Harvey, Bill Maher and forthcoming host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah. Take this time to witness a bearded Stephen Colbert because there’s not much of a chance of that thing being around when he spins back up in late night TV.
Amy Schumer joined the Bachelors on ABC’s The Bachelorette last night as they attempted to dive into her professional realm of stand-up. And she lays it all out there for some of them. That’s why you leave it to the pros. Enjoy this clip.
Del Close was never a household name, but any comedy enthusiast is aware of his impact. From Bill Murray to Chris Farley to Amy Poehler, many of the most famous comedians consider him their mentor. On June 28 there is a special audience feedback screening of the unreleased documentary about this important and influential man. And after the screening there will be a Q&A with Director Todd Bieber and The Upright Citizens Brigade (Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts & Amy Poehler). Todd G. Bieber is a producer and cinematographer, known for One Number 2, All Is Normal and UCB Comedy Originals. He is currently Creative Director for UCB Comedy. Previous to this he worked at the Onion News Networks during their Peabody Award Winning year. One time Bieber found a roll of film in Brooklyn that led him on a worldwide search for the owner. He documented his experience and TIME Magazine called it “Youtube’s Greatest Adventure” and ABC News called him a real life international man of mystery. Read More
Myq Kaplan’s Moving My GF and Her Belongings Across the Country & Also Doing Shows Tour starts June 14
Recently I was a guest on Myq Kaplan’s podcast Hang Out With Me (to air at later date), and I found out that the comedian was planning on moving his girlfriend and her belongings to New York. “So why not make it a tour?” he then said to me. I replied, “That’s awesome!” And it is so. Also guesting on that same edition of the podcast was comedian, comedy illustrator and comic book writer Joe Karg. If you are a comedy fan, you’ve definitely seen his work, whether on the show Archer or your favorite comedians tour poster. Karg is also responsible for the artwork in regards to Kaplan’s “Moving My GF and Her Belongings Across the Country & Also Doing Shows Tour”. Things kick off in Los Angeles with stops including Tucson, Austin, New Orleans, Washington D.C. and Hartford. Then he wraps it up with a stop in Latham, NY. Along the way, Kaplan will be dropping tour diary entries on our website. And while you are waiting for Kaplan to hit your town, you can catch up on his podcast Hang Out With Me, all of Karg’s fantastic work on his blog Mostly Penises and listen to Kaplan’s appearance on The Laugh Button Podcast. Here is the complete list of tour dates Read More