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  • The Laugh Button Podcast: We podcast with Iliza Shlesinger in Austin

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    Episode #10: Congratulations everyone! We hit double digits on the podcast this week! We’re almost teenagers. To celebrate Mark and Matt deliver all the comedy news of the week which includes all of the developments on the Super Troopers sequel, a new Patrice O’Neal documentary, and Broad F*ckin City. They then welcome Iliza Shlesinger onto the show to talk about life while down in Austin for SXSW. Read More

    Lewis Black and Friends: A Night To Let Freedom Laugh premieres April 16 on AXS TV

    Lewis Black

    Celebrate the Bill of Rights with some of America’s finest comics in this special event featuring sets from Lewis Black, Dick Gregory, Tom Smothers, and More. AXS TV presents a night of comedy and awareness in the star-studded stand-up special Lewis Black and Friends: A Night to Let Freedom Laugh, airing Thursday, April 16. The two-hour event will  shed some light on the freedoms and principles outlined in one of the Nation’s most vital documents, The Bill of Rights. The special was filmed back on February 28 at the historic Warner Theater in downtown Washington, DC, Let Freedom Laugh features performances from a wide variety of established comedy heroes and celebrated up-and-comers, each delivering their own unique and opinionated take in front of a sold out audience. Black, Gregory, and Smothers are joined by  itcom star Cristela Alonzo, Richard Pryor Award-winner Ahmed Ahmed, and comedian and political commentator John Fugelsang. Read More

    Get the comedy Humble Bundle and scoop up titles from Bill Hicks, Marc Maron, Mike Birbiglia, Doug Stanhope, and more

    Bill HicksYou have one week and one week only to take advantage of this so do it now.

    The website Humble Bundle runs a bunch of great flash sales for media at steep discounts that allow you to snatch up some great music, video, and comedy albums for a sliding scale. Money raised go to charities, in this case Electronic Frontier Foundation and Watsi. So pay what you want, get awesome comedy titles from the Comedy Dynamics library including some of the upcoming Bill Hicks re-issues and help charity, you’re almost a total jerk if you don’t pick this up. Read More

    Anthony DeVito wins Caroline’s Comedy Madness competition

    Anthony DeVitoCongratulations to Anthony DeVito, who was crowned champion of the 2015 Carolines Comedy Madness Stand-Up Tournament. The five-round competition, modeled after the NCAA college basketball “March Madness” tournament, tipped off on February 25 with 64 of New York’s best and brightest young comedians going head-to-head.  The field was narrowed down to 32, then The Sweet Sixteen, the Elite Eight, and then down to The Final Four — DeVito, Ryan Beck, Joe Larson and Doug Smith.  DeVito bested Larson, and Smith ousted Beck before squaring off against DeVito in the final round.  As a prize for winning, the New Jersey native receives a cash prize, a chance to open for a headliner at Carolines on Broadway and a spot to perform at the New York Comedy Festival in November. DeVito joins the class of Carolines Comedy Madness winners which includes Nate Bargatze, Dan Soder, Michael Che, Adam Newman, Mark Normand and Gary Vider. Among the many highlights of this year’s competition was The Elite Eight Round drop in by Kevin Hart, who dropped by the club at the end of the show and surprised the packed house by performing a hilarious 45-minute set.

    SNL alum Nasim Pedrad to create and star in FOX comedy project

    NasimNasim Pedrad has inked a deal with Fox to write, create and star in her own show on the network. Pedrad left Saturday Night Live after five seasons to join the Fox family, co-starring in the sitcom Mulaney. She currently has a recurring on the New Girl, now in its fourth season. Best known for Saturday Night Live, on which she garnered popularity for her impression of Kim Kardashian. Pedrad is a series regular in Fox’s highly anticipated dramedy Scream Queens. The anthology series is currently shooting in New Orleans. Fox entertainment president David Madded has said, “Nasim is not only one of the most talented comedic actresses out there today, she’s also a formidable writer with a clear, bitingly witty point of view,” said. “With her role on ‘Scream Queens’ and the ideas she’s already bringing to the table for development, we are so excited for her to be an even bigger part of the Fox family this year.”

    Comedy Central teams up with Whipclip to help share Bieber burns from Roast

    whipclipIn an effort to make Monday night’s Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber hit a new stratosphere in viral universe, the network is teaming up with Whipclip, a new app that allows viewers to create and share video clips from their favorite shows. Whipclip users can clip and disseminate customized snippets from the Bieber roast without resorting to shooting shaky iPhone footage of their TV screens or other bootleg captures. In the interest of preserving the structural integrity of the two-hour telecast, Comedy Central has put a 30-second cap on each clip. Upon selecting a favorite sliver of the roast, users may immediately post their clip to all the major socials including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. The app also allows for instantaneous transmission via text. Along with Comedy Central, Whipclip has agreements in place with ABC, CBS, and Fox as well as cablers A&E, Lifetime, truTV, and VH1. “The roast has a long history of innovating in the social-media space, and we love that this app will let fans pick their favorite moments from the night and share them with their friends in real time,” said Walter Levitt, chief marketing officer, Comedy Central. “This is already one of the most social moments of 2015 and we expect Monday night will be just crazy.” Read More

    Ben Stiller’s Red Hour and Jake Fogelnest are developing father-son comedy for IFC

    fogelnestIFC is re-teaming with Ben Stiller’s Red Hour on a new project, a comedy with the working title, Start Making Sense.  The idea hails from creator and writer Jake Fogelnest (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp, Billy On The Street). Start Making Sense follows Jack, who is desperately clinging to his fading relevancy as a best-selling author, and his son, Shane, basking in popularity by expressing his teenage angst in 140 characters or less. As these generational voices collide they must navigate new waters of texts, trust and rock and rollThe network has ordered multiple scripts from the project. “Jake is an incredible storyteller who has created a cast of characters who explore the comedic side of the modern generational divide,” said IFC SVP Original Programming Christine Lubrano. “We look forward to these scripts taking many slightly off turns into the depths of family dysfunction.” The show is in contention for the network’s 2016 lineup.

    Colin Hanks channels Reggie Watts in tribute to his lifestyle

    Colin Hanks has a lot going on in his life, including an acclaimed role in Fargo, a leading spot in a forthcoming primetime pilot, and a new documentary on Tower Records that just premiered at SXSW. Plus, his dad is pretty cool. How does Hanks handle it all? Easy, he channels Reggie Watts.

    Broken Lizard’s Super Troopers 2 Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign just reached its $2M goal in one day

    Super TroopersGreat news Super Troopers fans (which should be all of you). Yesterday Broken Lizard announced they were launching an Indigogo campaign to raise money so they could finally shoot the sequel to the cult movie Super Troopers. The comedy troupe had been talking about sequel for years, had a script written and just needed the help from a movie house to produce it. After what must’ve been way too many “nos” they just decided to take it to their fans and ask for them to help fund it. Fans turned out in droves and by the end of the day they had already raised over half the amount of money. Today, around the 5pm ET time, after being live for a little over a day, the full $2million dollars was raised. Boom! You can still donate to the film by going to www.supertroopers2movie.com. At the time of this writing they’re 40K over the goal and counting. Read More

    Adam Brody to star in Modern Family’s Dan O’Shannon comedy pilot for CBS

    Adam BrodyThe as-of-yet titled project revolves around a group of friends and family at three different times in their lives. Adam Brody will play Andrew, a guy who sees the best in everything. Even at 40, when life’s twists and turns have taken a bit of wind out of his sails, it only takes the reappearance of his childhood crush, Holly, to awaken his love of life and belief in happy endings. Brody, whose comedy series credits include Yahoo’s Burning Love and DirecTV’s Billy & Billie will lead the ensemble cast in the pilot written by former Modern Family executive producer Dan O’Shannon and writer Peter Warren.  Brody joins previously cast Tyler Labine (Animal Practice, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil)  and Kelly O’Sullivan (Sirens).