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  • Paul Scheer sold a new comedy to ABC

    Paul ScheerThe very funny, Paul Scheer (The League, NTSF:SD:SUV) has officially sold his new family comedy to ABC. Scheer will both write and produce the show, however, he has no plans to star on it. THR says the show will be about “a couple trying to keep their relationship together while juggling the dynamics of multiple sets of parents, their spouses and their children.” The show will be executive produced by Dylan Morgan and Josh Siegal, from 30 Rock.

    You might also remember that Sheer’s wife June Diane Raphael already sold a pilot to ABC with her writing partner and former SNL/Happy Endings star Casey Wilson. Potentially making ABC the home for the husband and wife duo.

    So there you have it, another day, another picked up show. Congrats to Mr. Scheer, we’re excited to see how it turns out.

    Off the Vine: with Pete Holmes, Alphacat, Will Sasso, Chris D’elia, and Michael Persad

    Off The Vine

    Off The Vine is The Laugh Button’s weekly dive into the world of social media. Each week we round up some of the funniest people and videos from the popular social App Vine which allows people to create 6 second videos and share via Twitter. Here’s what we unearthed this week. Read More

    The comedy winners and losers from the 2013 Emmy Awards

    Emmy GuyDid you happen to catch the Emmy Awards last night? Death won a lot of awards (rimshot!). Though the night seemed to have a somber mood with lots of tributes to dead people, songs about dead people, and news reports about the death of JFK, there were shining moments and a lot of them were related to comedy.

    As is tradition, we pulled out some of our favorite funny moments to share, and with fingers crossed hope someone can beat out Modern Family. If not, there’s still a great laugh to be found in the extreme awkward horror of being a writer caught on camera having to sidestep out of frame as host Neil Patrick Harris comes back in from commercial.

    For the fourth consecutive year in a row Modern Family won best comedy series. Jim Parsons took home his third award for his portrayal of Sheldon on The Big Bang Theory. But there were some big surprises and a few unexpected wins. Read More

    This week in comedy: Will Ferrell sure knows how to present an award

    • Will Ferrell sure knows how to present an Emmy Award. [Youtube]
    • Joe Zimmerman is going to record his first stand-up hour on November 16th in Lexington, KY. [Joe Zimmerman]
    • Newsreaders was renewed for a second season by [adult swim]. [Splitsider]
    • Jessimae Peluso had an entanglement with Lady Gaga. [Laughspin]
    • Turns out The Simpsons had a lot to do with Apple’s iPhone having a good keyboard design. [Fast Code]

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    Laughing at Last Week September 20th: Elmo is mean

    This week Phil talks evil Elmos, men flying with balloons, and a russian argument that ends in a gun shot. With lot of stuff going on this week, Phil taps into some of the weirdest of it all and, of course, covers the top news in the comedy world. So start watching and keep laughing.

    Tom Papa ‘Freaked Out’ available on September 30th

    Tom Papa, Freaked OutDon’t freak! Tom Papa’s stand-up special, Freaked Out will get a digital release on September 30th. Some people see the glass half empty, but Papa has built a career on seeing it hilariously half-full. With a uniquely optimistic take on the crazy world around him, Papa’s comedy special tackles everything from Chinese grocery stores to grown men wearing shorts. Also, when was the last time you watched a comedy special executive produced by Rob Zombie? That answer is actually Papa’s last stand-up special, Live In New York.

    Freaked Out is a visual difference than Papa’s previous special. Rather than going for a dark stage and single spotlighted camera, Papa and direct Rob Zombie made things a colorful 70’s Vegas, Skittles colored act. Freaked Out premiered on EPIX earlier this summer and is now going to be available digitally for all fans to enjoy on Tuesday, September 30th. Read More

    ‘The Eric Andre Show’ live and on tour this November

    Eric Andre ShowIf you’re a fan of [adult swim], then you’ll be excited to hear that the channel’s radically impulsive talk show, The Eric Andre Show, is going on tour this fall. Starting November 7th and ending November 20th, the stand-up comedian will take his show to nine cities across the U.S., including: Seattle, Portland, Eugene, San Francisco, Phoenix, Austin, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Nashville.

    Tickets are on sale now, so if you’re an Eric Andre fan or you just like impulsive and boundlessly sidesplitting humor, you’ll definitely want to check this out. While you’re at it, mark your calendar for Season 2 of The Eric Andre Show, which premieres on Adult Swim October 3rd.

    Louis C.K. won’t be getting his daughters cell phones

    Louis C.K. stopped by Conan last night and continued to prove why he’s one of the most popular comics around. While he was on for a while, the segment where he spoke about his decision to not get his daughters cell phones.

    I think these things are toxic, especially for kids…they don’t look at people when they talk to them and they don’t build empathy. You know, kids are mean, and it’s ’cause they’re trying it out. They look at a kid and they go, ‘you’re fat,’ and then they see the kid’s face scrunch up and they go, ‘oh, that doesn’t feel good to make a person do that.’ But they got to start with doing the mean thing. But when they write ‘you’re fat,’ then they just go, ‘mmm, that was fun, I like that.’

    He then goes on to talk about how people push away their sadness by texting, and described a moment where a Bruce Springsteen song bought him to tears, which led to happiness. He went on to describe some of the acting tips that garnered him three Emmys, and describe the early days of Late Night With Conan O’Brien, which he wrote for. Read More

    New Jersey’s supreme court doesn’t want this judge to be a comedian (poll)

    Vince SicariNote to self, if you want to moonlight as a stand-up comedian in New Jersey, you need to make sure your day job isn’t as a part-time municipal judge.

    Yesterday the NJ Supreme Court ruled that Vince Sicari, a part-time municipal judge, would have to step down from the bench if he wants to continue spending his evenings as a stand-up comedian. The unanimous opinion of the court read, “The judge’s acting and comedy career is incompatible with the Code of Judicial Conduct and therefore he may not serve as a municipal court judge while continuing with that career.”

    Sicari, who goes by the name Vince August on stage has been carving out a comedy career in NYC clubs, had some network TV time, and warmed-up audiences for Comedy Central. He handles municipal judging duties like traffic tickets and disorderly persons offenses in South Hackensack. It was there where several other judges questioned whether Sicari’s public persona would infringe with his daytime roles, especially after he appeared on ABC’s hidden camera show What Would You Do? where he portrayed a homophobic and racist character. It was this role and other elements of Sicari’s act that were central element to the court debate. Read More

    The Real Housewives of New York team up with The Pit for an improv sketch

    Jeffrey Gurian at the PITLast night we were fortunate enough to witness Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City become comedians at The Pit.

    The house was packed, with people even sitting in the aisles. Once the show got started, the women were selected at random to join the improv team on stage. While it was obvious the women didn’t totally know what was going on or what they were doing, they made the best of it and made the crowd laugh quite a bit. They also revealed a sketch created by the very funny, Jeffrey Gurian, it was LuAnn and Carole’s first entry into performing comedy. Other ladies from the RHONY were on hand for the evening as they were willing to poke fun of their royal titles in which Gurian gave them props for doing so.

    Gurian then called in his comedy troupe Cult Comedy Pictures with his writing partner Lance Rizzo. The pair wrote a sketch for the ladies to play themselves. Could we reveal the details of the sketch? Of course, but then there wouldn’t be a reason to tune into the show and see how the ladies fared. All in all, the show went off without a hitch. I guess now all that’s left is to do wait and checkout Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City season six! Read More