Amy Schumer has just about done it all from stand-up comedy to film, writing to television, as well as hosting to advocacy. Now she can add December nude photo taken by Annie Leibovitz for Pirelli calendar to her list. The calendar, which is known to showcase the world’s top models in the nude has thrown the superstar comedian in the fold. Deservedly so, as she’s had one hell of a 2015. As for who took the photo, that would be renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz. “Pirelli came to me and told me they wanted to shift this year to something different. I made the suggestion that they do women performance artists or women comedians, almost a take-off. I just thought of women I admired and I didn’t let anyone in the studio from Pirelli. It became a very strong set of very simple portraits.” She continued, “I still can’t believe the women who agreed to do it, did it. I felt a big responsibility to that.” In addition to Schumer, the calendar will feature tennis star Serena Williams and musician Patti Smith. As for Schumer’s photo, here you go: Read More
Now in it’s fourth year, photographer Mindy Tucker has just released her annual “Year In Comedy” photo collection for 2015. She captures the comics in their natural habitat through traditional stand-up action shots, behind-the-scenes photos, and in some cases, unique situations. Comedians photographed in this years batch include Last Comic Standing‘s Joe List, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver‘s Josh Gondelman, Difficult People and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp writer Jake Fogelnest, as well as New York vets Colin Quinn, Todd Barry, Jim Norton, and Dave Attell. But that’s literally just the tip of the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of photos to comb through and they are all absolutely spectacular. You can check out the site in its entirety here. Congrats to Mindy Tucker and we hope you enjoy her fresh batch of work.
Just a few days ago we hosted a live comedy event in New York City’s Javitz center during BookCon 2015. It was a terrific show featuring comedians that have ties to the literary world. Either recently penning books of their own or have one on the horizon. So, at the end of the day Saturday a few hundred literary fans gathered in room A123 where Sara Benincasa hosted an evening of comedy. Read More
The anticipation for the return of Wet Hot American Summer is at an all-time high once word was out that it was officially happening. And now we are getting our first look at the series coming to Netflix July 17. Here you’ll find several action shots of your favorite cast members including Gene (Christopher Meloni), Victor (Ken Marino), Neil (Joe Lo Truglio), Susie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Bradley Cooper). And of your favorites are back and then some. Jason Schwartzman is in the mix as is “Weird Al” Yankovic. And I’m sure many more surprises that will be revealed when the new series is binge watched in it’s entirely the second it’s released. And then re-watched. I’m sure there will be Easter eggs firmly planted all over the camp ground. Here are the rest of the photos released and we gear up for the 17th of July. It’s finally time for the misadventures of campers and counselors at Camp Firewood. We can’t wait to go back for the First Day of Camp! Read More
“I know you’re filming but what am I”: Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday is underway in NYC as Paul Reubens tweets pic
Ok, it’s official official. And we’ve got the picture to prove it. Paul Reubens’ beloved character is coming alive for a third full-length Pee Wee Adventure. It’s Pee Wee’s Big Holiday which we learned about in October of last year. All we know so far is the film will be directed by John Lee (Wonder Showzen) and written by Paul Reubens and Paul Rust (Bob’s Burgers, Arrested Development). The film stars Reubens as Pee-wee Herman, Tara Buck (True Blood), and Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike). On December 22 of 2014, it was announced that the film would premiere exclusively on Netflix. Judd Apatow and Reubens will be producing the film. In am interview Reubens explained why the film took so long to be made, saying, “I think part of what happened with this project is it got leaked probably a year and a half or two years before we really wanted anyone to know about it. I was doing a Q&A somewhere, and I said I was writing a movie with a guy named Paul Rust, and the next day a journalist called my manager and said, ‘Paul Rust is someone very associated with Judd Apatow, can you confirm Judd Apatow is involved in the project?'” Well, it’s all happening, here’s the first pic as tweeted by Pee-Wee. Read More
SXSW 2015 was one for the ages as it allowed to put on easily our biggest live stand-up show to date. On Monday, March 16th we packed Esther’s Follies to the gills with one of the finest shows we’ve ever done. Our photography pal Kristin Hillery documented the evening for us. One that could not have been possibly without our pals at Gotham Comedy Club, Comedy Dynamics, and SXSW. Read More
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