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  • Myq Kaplan’s ‘Meat Robot’ will be released on June 11th

    Myq KaplanMyq Kaplan is will be releasing his latest special/album Meat Robot on Tuesday, June 11th. The album will be released digitally via Comedy Central Records. This is Kaplan’s third album, following his 2012 sophomore album with comedian Micah Sharman called Please be Seated. His first album, Vegan Mind Meld, was on iTunes’ top ten best-selling comedy albums in 2010. “The Comedians Magazine has described him has a “comedy machine, in the best way possible.”

    Kaplan delivers fast-paced, side-splitting stand up, and touches on tops such as “Open Relationships and Tigers,” “Chuck Norris and Owls,” and “Super Mario and Will Smith.” Kaplan also explains why he loves fake meat names, and how to avoid being axe-murdered. Meat Robot also finds Kaplan delving into his grandmother’s attempts to make grammar funny. If you remember way back to two months ago we actually had the chance to catch up with Myq right before he was headed to Boston to record a new special. It wasn’t Meat Robot, it was for another special. Meaning we’ll get another album from Kaplan this year, and that is never a bad thing.

    You might have seen Kaplan before on the 2010 season of the hit NBC TV show, Last Comic Standing. He made it to the final round; impressing judges with his witty and wickedly smart brand of humor. Kaplan was also on Comedy Central Presents series, as well as The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show, and Conan among other appearances. For more information on Kaplan, visit his website.

    Jim Breuer, Sherri Shepherd, and Tom Papa will kick off new season of ‘Comedy Unbound’ on EPIX, host Twitter chats

    Jim Breuer - EPIXA new summer season of EPIX’s hit show Comedy Unbound will premiere on June 7th. Former Saturday Night Live cast member Jim Breuer will kick the new season off with his one-hour special And Laughter for All. The series will air on Fridays at 10PM. Sherri Shepherd, Tom Papa, and Jim Norton will also be featured players that will debut new specials on Comedy Unbound.

    EPIX will be celebrating the new season by hosting a series of Twitter chats featuring Breuer, Shepherd and Papa. You can find the chats on @EpixHD, staring on June 7th at 12:30 ET. The June 7th chat will feature Breuer, followed by Shepherd on June 20th, and rounding off with Papa on July 26th.

    You will be able to participate in these chats first hand, by logging on at twitter.com/EpixHD, and joining the chat by tweeting @EpixHD, using #EpixComedy. A special event with Jim Norton is also still in the works. Keep your eyes peeled for more comedy specials from Epix. Read More

    Mike Birbiglia to give ‘My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend’ final hurrah at Carnegie Hall

    Mike Birbiglia, My Girlfriend's BoyfriendMike Birbiglia will give My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend a final hurrah at Carnegie Hall.

    It’s been a few years of writing and rewriting but Birbigs is ready to share it with the world in his final performance of his one man play, My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend. The show will take a bow on June 2nd. Mike will also be bringing along some special guests, Intrepid Reporter Ira Glass and The Monica Bill Barnes Dance Company.

    Mike discusses the big day, “It feels cathartic to let go of all of this material and Carnegie Hall feels like the perfect place to do it; it’s where I saw my first big comedy show when I moved to New York in 2000. I don’t want to give anything away, but Sunday night might have some surprises.”

    So get excited and get your tickets or as Mike puts it “skip church and join me for the Birbiggest night of my life, and hopefully yours.”

    Get your tickets here. Read More

    2013 Just For Laughs Chicago Comedian Spotlight: Moshe Kasher

    Moshe KasherIn the days leading up to the Just For Laughs Chicago Festival we’ll be shining the spotlight on comedians performing that we dig and hope you like too. Some you might know, some you might not. By the end of all this we hope you will know them all. Dive in.

    Moshe Kasher is kind of a hipster jew comedian, but he wears the title proudly. He caters to the younger kids with his flavor of sarcastic wit and often sardonic comedy. His upbringing feels more like a made for Lifetime movie, which includes being abducted by his own mom, drug use even before he was a teenager, and living in a Hasidic Jewish community. All the life experiences make for amazing and hilarious dark tales.

    Moshe has peformed on Conan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Chelsea Lately. He’s appeared on Shameless and NBC’s Whitney.  He is currently a writer on NBC’s The New Normal. Read More

    Comedy Central’s ‘Stars Under the Stars’ is coming to Central Park this summer

    Adam DevineIn what’s becoming an annual tradition, Comedy Central will once-again host an evening of stand-up comedy in Central Park. Last year it was Indecision in the Park, this year it will be Comedy Central’s Stars Under The Stars, and it looks to be a night truly full of comedy all-stars.

    The show will bring on stand-up from heavy hitters Adam DeVine (Workaholics), Anthony Jeselnik (The Jeselnik Offensive), Nick Kroll (The Kroll Show), Jeff Ross (The Burn), Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer), and Gabriel Iglesias (Hot & Fluffy) will be hosting the event. This comedy roster is sure to have fans drooling. Now are you ready for it to get even better? Well, the event is totally free. Needless to say there are tons of people excited about the show so get there early! The show starts at 8pm on June 26th.

    More information can be found at the NYC Parks event website. The only thing left is to do now is clear your schedule for a Wednesday evening and get ready to laugh.

    Cool thing to buy this week: Airheads on Blu-Ray

    AirheadsRemember when grunge rock was the bees knees?

    If you do, then you probably recall the cult classic, Airheads which was released this week on Blu-ray format!

    Adam Sandler, Bendan Fraser and Steve Buscemi star as an amateur band known as the Lone Rangers who sneak into a radio station to get their demo some spins on air. When they are refused by the station manager and DJ, they take the station hostage.

    The film is hilarious and comes very early in the title characters careers. Pick it up today for some laughs to cure your Memorial Day hangover! Read More

    Watch video from Robert Kelly, Joe DeRosa and Bill Burr’s ‘Cheat’ book release party

    Last October, The Laugh Button presented the book release party for the Robert Kelly, Joe DeRosa, and Bill Burr book, Cheat: A Man’s Guide to Infidelity. We gathered with a few hundred people for screening of the short film and some stand-up comedians told stand-up and shared their own cheat stories from the book.

    On hand that night was Kelly Fastuca (from Robert Kelly’s YKWD Podcast) and Riotcast TV to document the night and get some interviews from comedians who were performing that night and others who were just around to join in on the fun.

    It took a while to get this clip to you because of that a**hole Hurricane Sandy. The videographer who was on hand that night with Fastuca suffered a series of setbacks from the storm that hit just days after the night. The footage/clips were thought to be lost for a while, but later they were recovered, re-formatted, and put into the hands of a new editor and here we are a few months later bringing it to you. Read More

    ‘The Hangover Part III’ disappoints at the box office

    The Hangover IIIThe finale of The Hangover trilogy wasn’t quite the box office smash Warner Bros expected.

    The Hangover part III starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis made just a bit over $42 million domestically in its opening Memorial Day weekend, a weekend that was the biggest on record. The comedy flick was in no terms a flop compared to opening weekend numbers, but the movie was widely predicted to at least reach the financial success of its predecessor, The Hangover part II, of $90 million in its opening weekend. Reviews for the film are lukewarm at best earning merely 21% on Rotten Tomatoes. “The Wolfpack rides again. Or rather, it limps exhaustively over the tundra,” The New York Times wrote about the film. But mild reviews might not have been the sole reason for The Hangover part III’s tepid success. Instead, it might have been Vin Diesel’s fault.

    Hangover opened alongside rival race car action flick Fast and Furious 6 starring Diesel, Paul Walker, Ludacris, and The Rock (in all his arm butter glory). And of course, the reveal that Transporter star Jason Statham as the villain in Fast 7. The poor man’s Ocean’s Eleven was a  box office smash, grossing over $120 million in its opening weekend. And looks like a Fast and Furious 7 is coming. Really hoping that the next Fast and Furious is set on Mars and the plot consists of Vin and Paul Walker street racing against aliens for the sake of humanity with the movie featuring original Ludacris space-rap songs.

    But what does that mean for comedy releases? It’s been a rough year so far for them. Well one thing is for sure, America will always choose action over comedy. Next on the mega comedy film docket is Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson’s The Internship. And of course Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

    Development Arrested: What we learned from watching all 15 episodes of “Arrested Development” at once

    Arrested Development

    Well how are we all feeling after “the binge”? Process it all? Doubt it. But man it felt good to see Arrested Development back with fresh episodes. Yes, we know Mitch Hurwitz warned us about opening up and playing with all 15 new toys at once. Saying we’d get fatigued and tire quickly but did he really expect us to behave ourselves in such a way after 7 years of waiting? Sorry uncle Mitch, we did it anyway.

    Arrested Development was the ultimate DVR show. The thing was, it was on the air when nearly nobody had a DVR. Had it aired a few years later, it might’ve gotten the public recognition it deserved and still been on the air, but by now we know the fate of the show. Read More

    The Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival is back, June 2nd – 8th

    LA Improv FestThat’s right, the 11th Annual Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival presented by iO West is finally here. The weeklong event plays host to seemingly countless performances on three stages and offers numerous enlightening workshops. Oh and did I mention the very impressive roster of celebrity headliners? Yes, they’ll be there too.

    There will be many forms of comedy presented at the festival but of course the top dog here is the improv performances. Teams and artists from all over the world will perform long-form, short-form, musical and genre-specific improv. Up first and closing the festival out will be the hard hitting, well known, improv team Beer Shark Mice with members like Mike Coleman (The Middle), Pat Finn (Marvin Marvin, The Middle), Neil Flynn (The Middle, Scrubs), Peter Hulne (Anchorman, Elf) and David Koechner (Anchorman, The Office). After taking a peak at that roster its easy to see why they are such a strong team and, quite frankly, seen as arguably the best in the country at long-form improv. Other Celebrirty headliners that will be dropping by include Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall), Glee creator Ian Brennan, the cast of MTV’s Awkward, Malcolm Jamal Warner (The Cosby Show, Community), Jack McBrayer (30 Rock), Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), Echo Kellum (Sean Saves the World) and many more to be announced. Of course there will be plenty of sketch comedy, solo performance, and stand up as well.

    “We are so proud to once again host the LA Improv Comedy Festival. To be in our 11th year is such a privilege and truly a testament to the talent that comes through those doors,” said James Grace, Artistic Director of iO West. “iO West is one of the first places talent scouts look to find top performers in comedy. Festival participants will be performing for some of the top comedians, writers and network representatives in the business and to be able to provide that opportunity for LA artists is very rewarding for us as a theatre.” Read More