ABC’s untitled Johnny Knoxville comedy pilot has found it’s director in Michael Fresco. He’ll be teaming up with his brother Victor, who has written and is producing the project. Narrated by Knoxville and based on his life, the single-camera project follows the exploits of 12-year-old Johnny navigating the “outlaw culture” of his family and small hometown of Knoxville, TN, and documents the childhood experiences that inspired him to become one of the greatest pranksters of a generation. This marks a reunion of the Fresco brothers. Michael also helmed the pilot for Victor’s ABC series Better Off Ted. Michael Fresco also has directed the pilots for such series as Raising Hope, Suburgatory, Benched and Manhattan Love Story. In addition, Knoxville has three films in some form of production at the moment. Elvis vs. Nixon, a recreation of the meeting at the White House between Elvis Presley and President Nixon where he stars alongside Kevin Spacey and Colin Hanks. Next up is the Jackie Chan vehicle Skiptrace, a detective from Hong Kong teams up with an American gambler to battle against a notorious Chinese criminal. Lastly, Knoxville will be teaming up with The Wedding Ringer writer director Jeremy Garelick for Sick Day.
Check out the four movie posters containing the cast of Hot Tub Tim Machine 2. Space, Religion, Vacation, and Revolution are all depicted. Just a tease of what’s to come our way when the film hits theaters February 20th. And also, get ready to “Tap That” with the new Hot Tub Time Machine 2 game! Read More
Well, it’s a few days since we were in the beautiful 90-degree weather of Maui for the inaugural Maui Comedy Festival. To say it was an unbelievable experience is an understatement as we were afforded the opportunity to see not only great stand-up comedy shows, but to get a truly behind-the-scenes look at the festival. From flights in, ceremonial blessings, snorkeling, to the green room, The Laugh Button was offered all access on the grounds in paradise watching comedians kill it. Read More
On Friday night, we were fortunate enough to host the first East Coast edition of SideOneDummy Storytellers. A show that LA punk rock label SideOneDummy puts on monthly at its offices. The premise is simple, label co-owner and comedian Joe Sib hosts some comics and a musical guest to come on and tell a story about a topic/theme each night. On our night in the Vintage Lounge at the Gotham Comedy Club, Sib asked the performers, “what band changed your life?” Leaving guests, Jesse Malin, Greg Behrendt, Janeane Garofalo, and Kyle Kinane to tell us their story about music and bands. The answers ranged from bands like The Ramones to Michael Jackson. Hell, even Ray Parker Jr’s “Ghostbusters” theme song hilariously reared its head. Read More
Denis Leary’s annual charity benefit Comics Come Home celebrated its 20th anniversary this weekend up in Boston. The longest running comedy benefit in America gathered at the TD Gardens Saturday night. For the second year in a row, The Laugh Button has been granted exclusive backstage access to the action. The stellar lineup for the 20th anniversary Leary hosted Bill Burr, Lenny Clarke, Jimmy Fallon, Robert Kelly, Jim Gaffigan, Marc Maron, Joe Yannetty, and Tony V. There were also a few other celeb drop ins which included Cam Neeley (whose foundation the benefit was for) and Michael J. Fox.
This weekend we put on three of our most exciting live comedy events to date. Three shows in two days. We teamed up with our pals at The Stand to book a solid lineup of some of NYC best working comedians (even a drop in from an LA guy). They all went down during Comic Con’s New York Super Week which is the week of live programming leading up to NY Comic Con next weekend at the Javits Center in NYC. Read More
The second day on the streets of Austin for the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival included stopping off at the Velv Lounge for the “Rogues Gallery” show with Justin Willman, Hassan Minhaj, Dan Soder, and Sean Patton. Then it was a stop at the Parish for Bobcat Godthwait. The “Unhinged Show” gave us Kurt Metzger, Michael Priest, Mike Lawrence, and Brody Stevens. The night of comedy ended with Brad Williams at the “Double Barrel” show. Read More
Greetings from the 4th Annual Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival in sunny and beautiful Austin, Texas! The vibe is wonderful and upbeat as this year’s festival delivers top tier talent along with dozens of exceptional up-and-coming comics. Day 2 of the fest certainly delivered. We bounced up and down the Congress Avenue venues to enjoy sets at The Paramount Theatre (the fest’s marquee venue and Moontower HQ) and the Speakeasy (a much more intimate club) while catching up with some comedian and industry friends at the Moontower Lounge (Intercontinental Hotel bar). The night started with a bang as the legendary Dennis Miller jam packed the Paramount and didn’t stop until Nick Thune finished a hilarious and heartwarming set proving he’s smarter than his wife’s obstetrician at the 4 Eyes showcase. Read More
We got gangbanged by Steel Panther! Just the other day the band released their new album, All You Can Eat to the masses and in normal Steel Panther style, it rips. On album release day, the band invited The Laugh Button to visit them in the Gibson Studios in NYC to spend some time with them. There, they performed some acoustic songs and let us tape it exclusively to share with our readers (that’s you). Before they left, we played a round of “Three Minutes With” and even tossed in the most ridiculous fan-submitted question we could find via Twitter.
The band was hilarious for the entire two-hours we were with them. We watched them count down guitar riffs, in which drummer Styx Zadinia accidentally caught a guitar in the face from Satchel, but Styx recovered, and informed us that the Japanese version of a Les Paul guitar is a “Res Paul,” it literally made us snort. Read More