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  • The Laugh Button’s comedy moments of 2012

    Comedy Moments

    Now that 2012 is officially in the books we figured we’d take today to reflect on the year that was 2012. 2012 was a lot of firsts for The Laugh Button – we celebrated the one year anniversary of our live comedy stand-up series, The Laugh Button Live! and it was also the first time we brought the show on the road to Austin for the SXSW festival. It was also officially the first time we put on the event at the NY Comedy Festival after being fans of the fest for so long. We also appeared on our first real, legit podcast in Robert Kelly’s You Know What Dude!! in addition to helping Kelly put on his first live version of said podcast.

    In other site news we re-designed things around here to increase the reader experience and the response has been great. In addition we decided to team up with some of our comedy friends to form The Laugh Network and deliver an even better experience for everyone involved.

    So before the year gets too far along, we figured we’d recap some of our favorite site and comedy moments from 2012. Here they are, some of our favorite comedy moments from 2012. Read More

    A behind-the-scenes look at Jim Jefferies’ new TV series “Legit” (video)

    Jim Jeffereies - Legit

    Jim Jefferies has worked very hard to get where he’s at right now. And that spot is on the edge of household name-ism (that’s a thing right?). The Aussie comedian has busted his ass for many years in the states to make a name for himself and his brand of confrontational, raw, and honest comedy. On January 17th at 10:30pm FX will premiere his new TV series Legit and with any luck it will elevate the comedian’s notoriety to the masses like it helped with the likes of Louis C.K. and W. Kamau Bell. Also, with any luck it will help it will keep Russell Brand off the air a bit longer (we can dream can’t we?).

    In the meantime, let’s take a behind-the-scenes look at Legit. Oh and if the bigwigs at FX are reading this, why don’t you send me some advanced copies of the show on DVD? C’mon! Don’t make me watch the show when everyone else does. Read More

    Jim Florentine’s very personal story about the suicide of his girlfriend and how a dream changed his life forever

    Jim Florentine“I was on stage headlining a comedy show for a thousand people when my girlfriend took her life 6 years ago today.”

    Though comedians make a living making audiences laugh, it doesn’t mean they get to escape the dark moments of life that others experience. Six years ago comedian/That Metal Show host Jim Florentine lost his girlfriend Jade to suicide. A traumatic experience that would shake anyone to their core. But when its one’s job to make people smile, figuring out how to do that when there is great sadness can be incredibly difficult.

    I first remember hearing this news via The Howard Stern Show, though Stern and Co. didn’t really get into details, he mentioned that Florentine (who regularly appeared on the show) lost his girlfriend. From the nature in which Stern chose his words you could tell it was unexpected and a delicate topic for the comedian.

    Six years after that dark day, Florentine shared his story with the website XO Jane giving details about the event, how he was able to come to terms with Jade’s suicide, and ultimately how she came to him in a dream and helped him move on in his life.

    Florentine’s story has some particularly gut-wrenching moments: Read More

    Spoiler Alert from season 3 of “Portlandia” (video)

    Portlandia Season 3

    Tomorrow night, season 3 of Portlandia will make a back to back premiere on IFC. If you aren’t familiar with the show, it was created/written by/stars SNL vet Fred Armisen and former Sleater-Kinney frontwoman Carrie Brownstein. Portlandia is also produced by SNL mastermind Lorne Michaels.

    The show is basically a sketch show about the modern day hipster/hippie cast of characters that inhabit the very real city of Portland, Oregon. Is the show an over-the-top parody of the utopia of the American Northwest? Probably? Are there people like this in society? Absolutely.

    Season 3 of Portlandia kicks off Friday, Jan 4th is set to usher in a lot of guest stars including Roseanne Barr, Matt Berry (The IT Crowd), Rose Byrne (Damages, Bridesmaids), Armisen’s fellow SNL star Bill Hader as well as George Wendt (Cheers), Juliette Lewis, and comedian Patton Oswalt. There’s also a few bands that will make appearances including The Dirty Projectors and J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. Read More

    Nick Offerman is taping “American Ham” in NYC on March 2nd

    Nick Offerman - American Ham

    Nick Offerman is the embodiment of all that is manly. Whether it be his iconic portrayal of Ron Swanson on NBC’s Parks & Recreation or the fact that one could hand the man the log of a tree and he could fashion himself anything out of it from a table, wooden ship, or vessel for roasting flesh; his resume runs down the list of what it is to be man and his exploits have rapidly become legend. Real life Bill Brasky? Probably.

    For my money, Offerman’s recurring Conan sketch where he reads tweets from young female celebrities straight out of his wood shop provided to be one of the greatest late night television moments in 2012. Oh and we must not forget that this happened too.

    To top himself in 2013, Offerman will tape his one-man show American Ham. Though he’s not a stand-up comic (and doesn’t claim to be one) Offereman has hit the road with a one-man comedy and variety show with his wife Megan Mullally over the course of the year. On March 2nd, Offerman will tape the show at NYC’s Town Hall. Tape it for what you ask? It’s not yet 100% sure but we’d like to think it’s going to be turned into a TV special somewhere, which will pretty much be the greatest thing ever. Read More

    Bill Burr’s December tour of Los Angeles once again (video)

    In another life Bill Burr would’ve made a great tour guide. The most gloriously salt tour guide you’d find on this planet. Why you ask? Because he’s just so damn enjoyable to watch walking around the place telling you how things are. In latest installment of Burr’s tour series with the TV Junkie, which we’ve personally dubbed, “Bill Burr shows us places.” The comedian found himself once again in the Los Angeles area (this time around Christmas) and he decided to tour the sports areas the city has to offer like the Rose Bowl and Memorial Coliseum.

    The language is NSFW so beware dirty words.

    A Patrice O’Neal fan-made documentary surfaces (video)

    Patrice O'NealIt’s nuts to think it’s been over a year since the untimely passing of Patrice O’Neal. Like it often happens in these situations, the lore of the comedian has grown since. Thus leaving many to learn about the comedian through his few stand-up specials and video clips that populate the web.

    One Youtube fan, under the moniker Mischief Makers have put together a 47 minute “found footage” documentary about O’Neal that pieces together many of this TV and movie appearances and specials to tell the comedian’s story. It also utilizes many of his comic friends’ testimonials about him. Many seeming to centralize around The Opie & Anthony Show which friend and fellow comedian Jim Norton is a co-host of.

    The documentary features some comedy heavyweights talking about the comedic mind of Patrice including Bill Burr, Louis C.K., Colin Quinn, Dane Cook, Norton, Robert Kelly, and Jim Florentine.

    They discuss everything from the Comedy Cellar’s infamous comedian tables which spawned the show Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn where O’Neal was prominently featured moving into his various stand-up sets, talk show and late night appearances, up until his last televised appearance on The Comedy Central Roast Of Charlie Sheen. The underlying theme of the entire documentary shows O’Neal’s desire to make it on his own terms and always be true to himself. Read More

    Anthony Jeselnik’s new special “Caligula” is coming January 15th

    Anthony Jeselnik - CaligulaI can’t think of a better way to begin 2013 with a new Anthony Jeselnik album. When it comes to cringe humor Jeselnik is currently tops on our list because not only does he get a kick of out a making an audience laugh, he seems to be equally as satisfied as getting a collective groan.

    Jeselnik’s first album, Shakespeare earned high marks around here when it was released in 2010 and the comedians been on a terrific trajectory ever since, landing spots on the dais for the Comedy Central roasts and a forthcoming TV show on the network that’s set to premiere early in 2013.

    Caligula will have its television premiere on the network on January 13th and then be released on CD and DVD on January 15th. Be sure to take note of this date because the new year is coming out swinging, ’cause Caligula is one of the most of this year’s anticipated and undoubtedly best. Read More