Last night was Michael Che’s last appearance as a correspondent on The Daily Show. After being on the show for just 3 months, Che was hired as the new co-anchor of Weekend Update at Saturday Night Live. The segment, which started in a similar manner to how Jon Stewart and co. sent off John Oliver, it soon became a mockery of the idea, because frankly, that’s what you do with a correspondent that’s been on the show for only 3 months and appeared in about 3 sketches on the show. Stewart even sang a touching song as they recalled Che’s very few Daily Show moments. Michael Che, “We hardley used ye.”
The internet’s favorite cat is getting her own movie and voice. In one of the greatest casting decisions ever made, Aubrey Plaza, aka the spirit of April Ludgate (Parks and Recreation‘s favorite grumpy assistant), will lend her voice to famous feline.
W.Kamau Bell is hitting the road this fall. The comedian recently announces his “Oh, Everything” tour that will run from November up through January 2015.
The name, “Oh, Everything” comes from Bell’s time spent on his short-lived (and unjustly canceled) talk show, Totally Biased. In the writer’s room, whenever Bell or a writer got a big laugh out of a dark and difficult subject, someone would sit back and say, “Oh, George Zimmerman!” of “Oh, Donald Trump.” Hence, the name.
According the the socio-political comedian’s website, the tour promises to be an attack on everything. Read More
Chris Rock’s new movie Top Five just got a theater premiere date not too long after it made a screening at the Toronto International Film Festival where it earned rave reviews. The film was picked up by Paramount who just set a limited release on the film for December 5th with it going nationwide a week later on the 12th.
Rock stars in the film and is about a a comedian attempting to reinvent himself as a serious actor at the same time his reality-TV star fiancee talks him into broadcasting their wedding on television. Rock has a bit of experience with this situation as he and some of his comedian friends had their own ordeals with the transition into dramatic roles. Read More
There’s no one right way to carve out a career in comedy. Going off the beaten path can be risky, but it also has the potential to be the most rewarding. Comedian Sara Schaefer has made a name for herself doing things her way. We talked to Schaefer about her recent move to Los Angeles, starting a production company, and ups and downs of taking the road less traveled. Read More
SNL alum, and man of many voices has been tapped to succeed the late, legendary Don Pardo as the show’s official announcer. Pardo had been with the show since it began on the air, he passed away this summer at the age of 96.
Hammond has acted as a substitute for Pardo when he was ill in the years past “He was a lovely person. When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him. It’s been a very improbable life; I didn’t expect something like this, but it feels real good.” stated Hammond.
The show’s executive producer Lorne Michaels does not wish to have Hammond mimick Pardo’s voice stating, “I just knew it wouldn’t be anybody who sounded like Don or replicated him,” adding “It can’t be what it was, but it could sort of be in the same tradition. Read More
Comedy festival and suicide prevention, Maui Comedy Festival partners with The American Federation for Suicide Prevention
Suicide is a serious condition that many struggle with. Things once again hit the comedy community all too close the recent death of Robin Williams. It’s in his honor that the Maui Comedy Festival has announced a partnership with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In addition to donating a portion of all event proceeds to the AFSP, the Festival hopes to provide a new platform for continuing the dialog surrounding suicide and depression.
The producers of the Maui Comedy Festival recognize that mental illness and suicide disproportionately affect the comedy community and has been responsible for taking some of the greatest comedic souls far too early. Read More
Attention readers of The Laugh Button, we’re excited to announce that on Friday, November 7th we will be presenting the first-ever New York edition of SideOneDummy Storytellers. This show usually takes place in the offices of the LA Punk Rock label SideOneDummy where label co-founder and comedian Joe Sib invites his comedian and musician friends to come by and tell stories about growing up and music’s influence on them. Read More
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.
Jenny Slate has come very far since her days of accidentally dropping f-bombs on SNL. Besides her role on Parks and Recreation as the soulless, vapid recurring character Mona Lisa Safferstein, these days she’s best known for her work on a variety of projects including Marcel the Shell With shoes On, and her latest starring role in Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child.
The critically acclaimed dramedy stars the rising comedienne as a similarly rising comedienne; the difference is that an unplanned pregnancy proves an obstacle to the fictitious character’s career. It explores a wide range of heavy themes while also delivering a slew of hilarious jokes. It’s not a typical romantic comedy, instead dwelling on topics that few movies like it dare to consider. Above all, though, it incites rampant laughter even after many views. Read More
Well, ain’t this great news! Bill Hader, one of the best utility men Saturday Night Live has ever had will make his triumphant return to studio 8H on October 11th. While it was rumored that another alum named Bill would potentially host, we’re extremely excited about the news of Hader’s return. Because, let’s admit it, we missed Stefon.
Hader will return to his stomping grounds on the 11th with musical guest, Hozier. so far, the first three choices for hosting season 40 are terrific choices – Chris Pratt, Sarah Silverman, and Bill Hader, this season has everythiiiingg!