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  • Cool thing to buy this week: Chris Turner “Pretty Fly”

    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.

    Chris Turner - Pretty FlyChris Turner: Pretty Fly
    PURCHASE: Amazon | iTunes

    Rising young comedian Chris Turner continues his noteworthy ascension with his debut comedy album, Pretty Fly. The British 25-year-old’s first CD was recorded in Los Angeles while he was still 24; actually, it was his last set before turning 25. At the cusp of a new year for himself, Turner’s witty one-liners are as hilarious as ever over the course of this album. Turner is capable of wordplay that recalls some of the greats, ensuring that Pretty Fly brings the laughter throughout.

    There’s a reason this guy once won the Amused Moose Comedy Awards ‘People’s Champion’ title. It was awarded to him at the Edinburgh Fringe, which his signature “numeral jokes” in album opener “First Track of the 400″ slyly allude to. Another joke about Turner’s ex-girlfriend on the track “Ex-Girlfriend’s Dad, Please Skip This Track” is a masterclass in wordplay and timing, and “Gender Confusion” is full of equally hilarious, unexpected turns. It’s truly difficult not to laugh at these jokes, and having them recorded in this collection means you can relive the humor infinitely many times for an excellent price. Read More

    Paul Reubens confirms there will be a new Pee-Wee Herman movie on ‘Tonight Show’


    Paul Reubens was a guest last night on The Tonight Show. Like many, host Jimmy Fallon is a huge fan of Ruebens’ iconic character Pee-Wee Herman. Asking the question that’s been on everyone’s mind for some time, Reubens confirms that he is working on a new Pee-Wee Herman movie. The film will be produced by Judd Apatow and is expected to start production in February.

    Robert Kelly, “Live At The Village Underground” to make TV premiere on Comedy Central in January

    Robert Kelly, Bobcat GoldthwaitAt the top of the summer, our pal Robert Kelly filmed a new stand-up special/concert film at the Village Underground in NYC. It was a big night for Kelly and his team at Apostle as they set out and did it on their own, selecting the venue they wanted, then produced, and financed it themselves.

    The Bobcat Goldthwait-directed film was accepted into the Rhode Island Film Festival and now, we’ve learned that Comedy Central has acquired the North American broadcast rights to air Robert Kelly: Live At The Village Underground and will premiere it at the top of 2015 in January. Read More

    Katie McVay’s advice web-series “Yell You Better” returns

    Chicago comedian Katie McVay’s advice web-series Yell You Better is back with a fiery passion. It’s a show where McVay yells at you about your whole life until you’re better at it, because you have problems politeness can’t solve. Yell You Better debuted on Youtube in 2012 with the last of season one’s nine episodes dropping in Spring of 2013. “Some of you may be like, ‘Hey the show didn’t happen for a while,’ it’s like, well f*ck you, I had sh*t to do, I was sad and stuff–” Well now McVay has returned with all new horse art to answer all new questions submitted by viewers. Check it out.

    You can subscribe to Yell Your Better on Youtube and like it on Facebook. Submit questions via Tumblr or email YellYouBetter@gmail.com. Get your sh*t together!

    Fox buys supernatural comedy from ’30 Rock’ writer Colleen McGuinness

    Former 30 Rock writer/producer Colleen McGuinness has sold her second pilot this year. According to Deadline, McGuinness has sold a single-camera comedy to Fox and is getting some very big names to help her with it. A-Listers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have signed on as producers alongside McGuinness and Jennifer Todd.

    The untitled show centers around “a 25-year-old woman who works at a frozen yogurt shop and whose life is going nowhere – until she discovers she is telekinetic.” This comes on the heels of McGuinness’ other untitled comedy she sold to NBC. Fellow 30 Rock co-workers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock are co-producing the comedy described as “character-driven workplace comedy where a young woman in search of reconnecting with her father finds a new home and family on Fire Island.

    McGuinness was a writer for seasons six and seven on 30 Rock, and last year was a supervising producer for About A Boy.

    Amy Poehler does not remember meeting Seth Meyers


    Amy Poehler reunited with her old Weekend Update desk mate last night on Late Night with Seth Meyers. The pair spent many years together working side by side at SNL, but the two actually met a few times years before… not that Poehler has any recollection. Seth Meyers also talks to Poehler about her new book Yes, Please, the drama surrounding the birth of her first child, and then pair quiz George R.R. Martin on some Game of Thrones trivia. Read More

    Cristela Alonzo’s debut album ‘Some of the Hits’ to be released on November 4th

    Comedy Central Records is rolling out two big releases next week. In addition to Nick Vatterott’s album, Cristela Alonzo is drop her debut album Some of the Hits on Tuesday, November 4th.

    Alonzo is having herself one hell of a year. The comedian was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” and created and stars in her own ABC sitcom Cristela. Alonzo has also had her own Comedy Central Half Hour special, and has performed on Conan, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution, Last Comic Standing, Showtime’s Legally Brown, and Live at Gotham.

    Alonzo recorded her first album live at the San Jose Improv. You can pre-order Cristela Alonzo: Some of the Hits on iTunes now. You can check out Cristela Fridays at 8:30 est on ABC.

    Nick Vatterott’s debut album ‘For Amusement Only’ to be released November 4th

    One of the most dynamic performers today will be releasing his debut album next week. New York comedian Nick Vatterott’s first ablum For Amusement Only hits digital and wooden (maybe metal? I don’t know) shelves on November 4th via Comedy Central Records.

    For his first album, Vatterott returned to his old stomping ground of Chicago to record at Chicago Comedy Underground at the Beat Kitchen. During his time in the Midwest, Vatterott was named Chicago’s Funniest Man by “Chicago Magazine” in 2010. Since then he has performed at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, was named the 2011 recipient of the Andy Kaufman Award, had his own Comedy Central Half Hour special, and has performed on Conan as well as an incredibly memorable set on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Vatterott was also producer/writer/performer on the late great stand-up/sketch show Mash Up on the CC network.

    You can pre-order Nick Vatterott: For Amusement Only now on iTunes, here. Also, if you’re near NYC you can catch Vatterott’s album release show at The Stand on November 7th part of the New York Comedy Festival. Tickets are on sale now.

    Watch Comedy Central’s new web-series ‘New Timers’


    As previously announced, Comedy Central’s digital label CC Studios has picked up five new web-series this year. Following 300 Sunnyside, this week premiered the post-apocalyptic New Timers. Created by the sketch team Good Cop Great Cop (Matt Porter and Charlie Hankin), the three episode series follows two friends as they navigate a desolate society. Instead of focusing their attention on more dire issues, the pair are more concerned with petty problems, like whether or not to bring dip to Dave’s thing. Check out all three episodes here. Read More