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  • There was a “Clerks” sitcom pilot in the 90s and it starred Jim Breuer as Randal (video)

    Clerks pilotThe cult film Clerks is one of those movies that means a lot to GenX-ers with a desire to do things independently. What that movie is not is a watered down 90s TV show. And there’s video proof of it.

    After the success of the Kevin Smith movie people were eager to get into the business of Smith and his band of misfits. There was a short-lived animated series and comic book. What many might not know is that ABC tried to launch the show as a sitcom in 1995 as well. And after watching the pilot for the show, we’re happy it didn’t get any further than that setting because it’s pretty bad. Smith has no involvement in the show and any of the edge the movie possessed is sanded down and Disnified as a workplace comedy with a laughtrack. Perhaps the biggest travesty of the entire sitcom is the complete lack of any Jay & Silent Bob presence in the sitcom. Read More

    Someone edited Chris Farley into the “Mission: Impossible” trailer

    Chris Farley

    The trailer for the new Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation movie has hit the web. And guess what? There’s a lot of Chris Farley in it. We know what your thinking, “Chris Farley, how is that possible?” Well, the clear answer is editing. Someone edited Chris Farley into the trailer, and it works, it really does. Read More

    A behind-the-scenes look into Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition with creative director Mark Lach

    Mark Lach

    Saturday Night Live is not only one of the most influential institutions in the comedy universe, but one of the most important and longest running, having woven itself into the fabric of our culture over the last 40 years. We’ve all seen what happens on screen and remember our favorite characters and sketches, but rarely have we been able to peek behind the curtain to experience what brings this extraordinary show to life each and every week. Well that is exactly what Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition offers us. A once-in-a-lifetime look into the unique process documenting not only its history, but how it gets on air every Saturday at 11:30pm whether they are ready or not. To be impressed would be an understatement. In this exhibition, you will be “Wowed!” by artifacts you get to see, touch, and read about. From Lorne Michaels’ office desk to the actual costumes used on the show. There are behind-the-scenes photos and actual transcripts and props. You will get to live out your biggest SNL fantasies when you step on to the set of Jeopardy, or sit on Wayne and Garth’s couch. And what SNL experience would be complete without a photo at the Weekend Update desk. We recently had the opportunity to spend some time after our tour with the man responsible for bringing it all to life. The man who got us as close as one could be without actually stepping on to the stage as a cast member in Rockefeller Studio 8H. That man is Mark Lach. Read More

    Jon Stewart drops in The Comedy Cellar for a surprise stand-up set

    Stewart Cellar

    The final episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart countdown began awhile ago, and yes, it’s right around the corner. And ever since that announcement we’ve all been trying to figure out Stewart’s next move. As of last night, there seems to be a new contender entering the ring of possibilities when he showed up at New York’s quintessential comedian hang, The Comedy Cellar, for a 10 minute surprise set. His first stand-up in about a decade.

    Stewart went up right after Louis C.K who also showed up unannounced. This is the type of dream lineup you imagine and discuss with your comedy friends. Well, Sean McCarthy of The Comic’s Comic was on hand and recounted the event: Read More

    The Laugh Button Podcast #28: Just For Laughs with Steve Byrne

    The Laugh Button Podcast

    We’re sharing stories from the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. The biggest comedy festival in the world. Good times were had, from roasts judged, one man shows, and a bit of Goddamn comedy jamming. While there, we caught up with comedian Steve Byrne who was in town along with countless other comedians. Read More

    Comedian Andy Ritchie has a brain tumor, comedian friends set up GoFundMe page to help with medical bills

    Andy RitchieF*ck Cancer!

    Comedian Andy Ritchie was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. Something that’s kinda terrifying for anyone. When comedians fall ill it could be even more stressful as comedians don’t always have access to good healthcare or proper treatment due to the nature of the job.

    It’s also because of this the comedy community often rallies around its own and helps raise money to assist with the costs and that’s exactly what’s happening in Ritchie’s case. His comedian friends Brendon Walsh, Colton Dunn, and Nick Swardson spun up a GofundMe Page to raise money for Ritchie’s bills during this difficult time. Walsh said about Ritchie, “He’s a really funny comic who is liked by everybody.”

    The campaign is aiming to raise $100K and at the time of this posting has raised $23,272 from 204 backers. So, if you have the ability to give money, please do. Also tell a friend. Every little bit counts. Read More

    CollegeHumor to launch in Australia with content created locally

    College Humor Australia

    Turner International has announced a partnership with United States-based Electus Digital to launch comedy website CollegeHumor in Australia. Already an iconic and popular brand among Australians, CollegeHumor Australia will offer localized editorial content developed from an Australian perspective, in addition to existing CollegeHumor content created by the US-based editorial team. The launch of CollegeHumor Australia marks the first time CollegeHumor content will be created locally for a market outside of the United States. Giles Hardie has been appointed Managing Editor of the new site, bringing with him two decades of involvement in the Australian comedy scene including experience in comedy writing, performance and video production. He will work closely with CollegeHumor’s US-based editorial staff to maintain a consistent voice across the CollegeHumor brand. With the most-visited comedy network online and the most-viewed YouTube comedy channel worldwide, the new site,, now provides a dedicated, curated portal for this large fan-base specific to Australia.

    Tig Notaro to star in new Amazon comedy from Louis C.K.

    Tig Notaro

    Everything is turning up Tig. And that’s not an understatement. Netflix recently released the documentary, Tig, which tells the incredible story of her search and discovery of humor and love amid devastating news. Showtime released its own doc with her entitled Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro. It follows the deadpan comedian across the country as she puts on a series of stand-up performances in the homes, backyards, barns and basements of her most loyal fans, with each intimate show offering the potential for epiphany or disaster. HBO is about to release her new stand-up special, Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted, premiering August 22. And now Amazon is getting in on the Tig game. The stand-up comedian will star in and co-write a semi-autobiographical comedy, which has scored a pilot order at the streaming service, alongside Oscar winner Diablo Cody (Juno). Notaro and Cody will executive produce the series alongside Louis C.K. The comedy initially was set up as a script deal at FX but recently moved to Amazon.

    Simeon Goodson’s stand-up album “Manifesto” is released August 1st

    Simeon Goodson is the best comedian you’ve never heard of. His work was mentioned in the A-Sides blog on The Huffington Post where it was said that he, “should be a household name in comedy.” Brooklyn Magazine lauded him as one of the, “50 Funniest People in Brooklyn.” While the praise has been rolling in recently, Goodson is by no means an overnight success. In 2004, he waited tables at a local restaurant during the day and visited bars at night. It was there that he was convinced to pursue a career in stand-up.

    Since then, he has been actively performing throughout the New York comedy scene at comedy clubs, bars, and alternative venues. Outside of performing stand up at local bars, he has also performed at world famous venues such as Carolines on Broadway and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Goodson also traveled across the country with the “Comedy’s Best Kept Secret Tour,” and he performed as an opener for Michael Che. Most recently, he was the opening act on the Hannibal Burress “Comedy Camisado” tour. Read More

    truTV announces its fall lineup including “Billy on the Street” and “Impractical Jokers LIVE”


    truTV has unveiled its fall 2015 lineup, which will kick off August 31 with a week-long celebration of the fan favorite Impractical Jokers. A new special each night will lead up to the Impractical Jokers Live Punishment Special celebrating the 100th, including a first-ever, quadruple punishment played out LIVE in the heart of New York City on September 3. Howie Mandel is set to host the live punishment, which includes a heart-stopping dare that’s above and beyond anything the guys have ever done before and promises to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Read More