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  • This week in comedy: records were made and broken

    Record BreakerNo, not records like albums – records like Guinness World Records. A slew of comedians ranging from Hannibal Buress to Nate Bargatze help set a new Guinness World Record for longest comedy show ever, lasting from 12:04am on 4/12 until 4:20 on 4/20. That same day, after a whopping 53 years on TV, comedy variety show Sábado Gigante was cancelled. It ran for over half a century, so it probably set some sort of record.

    Elsewhere in the comedy world:

    – We offered our own take on Conan writer Andres de Bouchet’s highly profane Twitter rant about the state of late night TV.

    – HBO is giving Vimeo hit High Maintenance a space to grow. It’ll make the existent episodes available on HBO, HBO Go, and HBO Now, and has also ordered another six. Read More

    Louis C.K. set to host season finale of Saturday Night Live

    louisThere are only three episodes left in Saturday Night Live’s 40th season and now we know who will be hosting them. Scarlett Johansson is set to host the May 2 episode in lieu of Avengers: Age of Ultron out May 1. The musical guest for the episode will be Wiz Khalifa. Next up is Reese Witherspoon who will be hosting the May 9 episode. Like Johansson, Witherspoon’s latest movie, Hot Pursuit, also premieres the day before. The musical guest accompanying her will be Florence and the Machine. And finally, the season finale is in the hands of Louis C.K. on May 16. C.K.’s one of the best received SNL hosts of late, and his comedy special, Live at the Comedy Store, will be making its TV debut on FX on May 28. The final musical guest will be Rihanna, who has a couple of new singles and who is scheduled to release a new album some time this year.

    Al Jackson stand-up comedy television taping taking place May 7 at the Vic Theatre in Chicago

    Al_JacksonAl Jackson is a Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian, writer, and TV/radio personality best known for his 30-minute Comedy Central Presents: Al Jackson special, and for his role as host of the BAFTA-nominated BBC series, Officially Amazing. Al has also be seen on Comedy Underground with Dave Attell, on FXX’s Legit, on GSN’s Mind of a Man, on the NickMOM series, Parental Discretion and has appeared on TruTV’s How To Be A Grown Up. In addition to his work in television and radio, Al performs regularly at colleges, comedy clubs, and comedy festivals including the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal where he was voted on the Best of the Fest. You can get tickets to the Cleveland native’s taping here.

    Misery Loves Comedy: The Laugh Button interviews with Kevin Pollak, Lewis Black, Jim Norton, and Caroline Hirsch from the premiere

    Misery Loves ComedyThis past Wednesday, we were invited to cover the red carpet premiere of Kevin Pollak’s new documentary film Misery Loves Comedy. The film was part of this year’s TriBeCa Film Festival, currently running throughout New York City. Comedy has been a big focal point of the festival including Pollak’s film among other comedy docs Live From New York!, Monty Python’s Meaning of Live, and Roseanne for President! In Misery Loves Comedy, Pollak weaves conversation footage from some of the biggest names in comedy from the stand-up, acting, producing, and writing worlds to tell his story. His goal: find the correlation, if any, between misery and comedy. The film begs the question, “Do you have to be miserable to be funny?” We also learn what it’s like inside the mind of said talents including Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, Kumail Nanjiani, Larry David, Kathleen Madigan and so many others. 60 to be exact. Read More

    Here’s a sneak peak at Jim Norton’s new Epix special Contextually Inadequate airing tonight

    Norton talks technology and dick pix in this exclusive clip from Jim Norton: Contextually Inadequate airing tonight 10p on EPIX.

    Nashville comics set the world record for longest comedy show including drop-ins from Buress, Scovel, and Bargatze.

    Record BreakerWednesday, April 15, at 8:04pm, the record was broken. “I’m so excited to announce that with 80 hours and two minutes, you guys have set a new Guinness World Record,” Guinness adjudicator Michael Empric declared in the East Room on Gallatin Ave. in Nashville, TN. Co-host D.J. Buckley was carried out on shoulders of the crowd with the commemorative plaque raised high above his head. The longest stand-up comedy show with multiple comedians was previously held by The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. The show ran uninterrupted from 12:04 p.m. on April 12 until 4:20 a.m. on April 20 and feature dozens of comedians, including drop-in appearances by Hannibal Buress, Rory Scovel, Keith Alberstadt and Nate Bargatze. There were comics who slept at the venue and filled in when people dropped out in the wee hours. They also had the help of volunteers and comics to keep the minimal 10 audience member minimum intact. Other requirements to break the record included only one person onstage at a time, MCs could only provide factual information (no jokes), no comedian could perform more than once every four hours, and every set had to be 15 minutes or longer. Even with the record officially broken, the organizers decided to soldier on for as long as they had the venue booked. “I don’t ever want to stop this,” Riden said during his set, after the official ruling was conferred. “I want to do this again next year and break the record by one second.” The entire event was streamed live over the internet. May rest be in your future.

    Maron season 3 trailer features Andy Dick, Andy Kindler, Whitney Cummings, Patton Oswalt and more

    Marc Maron returns for an all new season of MARON. Season 3 premieres Thursday, May 14 at 10p. Here’s the trailer featuring Andy Dick, Andy Kindler, Whitney Cummings, Eddie Pepitone as a ghost, Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, and of course Maron himself.

    Impractical Jokers to get U.K. version on Viacom’s Channel 5 and Comedy Central overseas

    impractical_jokers ukUsually it’s the other way around, British shows getting imported into the U.S. But this time, Britain will be doing the importing. Congrats are in order for the boys behind Impractical Jokers. The U.S. version of the hidden-camera series has been the British Comedy Central’s top show. Viacom-owned British broadcaster Channel 5 and Comedy Central U.K. have ordered a local version of U.S. hit hidden-camera prank show Impractical Jokers. Viacom recently took over Channel 5 and this will mark the first joint project between them. There will be a nine-episode season of the 30-minute series. The U.K. version will follow the format of the U.S. show and feature four British comedian friends. They are Lee Griffiths, Matt Ralph, Paul Biggin and David Moon. They previously worked together in sketch group Late Night Gimp Fight. In the show, they will challenge each other to “some of the most outrageous dares and uproarious stunts ever to be caught on hidden camera,” the network partners said. “During each prank, the joker must do whatever his three friends tell him via a secret earpiece and if he refuses, he loses.”

    The Laugh Button Podcast: Karate and fireworks with Rob Cantrell

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    Mark and Matt deliver thoughts about late night humor, Nate Bargatze, Nic Cage, Aziz Ansari on Netflix, and even a bit about Star Wars. We then host Rob Cantrell to discuss Karate and Fireworks with Mitch Hedberg, weed, and how much you would pay for your memories all in this super stuffed episode of The Laugh Button Podcast. Read More

    Bob Nelson and Sacha Baron Cohen get an order from Amazon for comedy pilot

    BobN SachaAfter earning an Oscar nomination for his first screenplay, Nebraska, at age 57, the writer-performer has landed his first pilot order. The single-camera project, which is casting, centers on Highston Liggetts, a kind 19-year-old and perched on the edge of adulthood. When he encounters a world he doesn’t understand, like Elwood P. Dowd, he retreats into his vast imagination, where famous “friends” are his companions and mentors. Amazon is moving ahead with Highston, a half-hour coming-of-age comedy, written by Nelson, executive produced by Borat and Bruno‘s Sacha Baron Cohen and to be directed by the Little Miss Sunshine team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Nelson will executive produce and does have a comedy background before Nebraska. He was best known for his work on a local TV sketch-comedy show in Seattle. In his followup to Nebraska, Nelson wrote and directed the feature Confirmation starring Clive Owen. Cohen is currently working on his latest feature comedy, Grimsby, which he co-wrote, produces and stars in.