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  • Maui Comedy Festival: A behind the scenes look (photos)

    Maui Comedy Festival

    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

    The Laugh Button presents SideOneDummy Storytellers (photos)

    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

    Comics Come Home XX: Behind the scenes in photos

    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.

    We sent our pal James Shotwell from Under The Gun Review out to document the evening. Here’s what went down. Read More

    The Laugh Button Live! at New York Super Week (photos)

    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

    Talk of the Town: Comedians reflect on the 2014 High Plains Comedy Festival

    Thanks to curators Andy Juett and Adam Cayton-Holland, the High Plains Comedy Festival returned to Denver this year for its second year. With an even bigger line-up and schedule of shows, the return of HPCF was a runaway success. Comedians from all over the country, including T.J. Miller, Cameron Esposito, Matt Ingebretson, Troy Walker, Matt Knudson, and more share their favorite memories from this year’s festivities. Spoiler: lots of weed in Denver. Who knew? Read More

    Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival 2014 | Friday (photos)

    Moontower Day 2

    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

    Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival 2014 | Thursday (photos)

    Moontower

    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 put on our tightest pants and hang with Steel Panther

    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

    YKWD live at Jersey City Comedy Festival (photos)

    Jersey City Comedy festival

    We had the pleasure of presenting a live comedy show at this year’s Jersey City Comedy Festival. We set up shop in Batello with the regular comics of the YKWD Podcast for an evening of great comedy with Robert Kelly, Dan Soder, Joe List, Kelly Fastuca, Chris Scopo, and Luis J. Gomez. JCCF founder and comedian Craig Mahoney dropped in to open up the show for a night of comedy on a scenic peer in NJ. The group set up shop and recorded a podcast as the show was happening and held a Q&A with the fans afterward. Read More

    Ploom #RethinkComedy with The Laugh Button (photos)

    The other night The Laugh Button Live! made a triumphant return to New York City after not having a live show in the city for over a year. To celebrate, we went all out and paired up with our pals at Gotham Comedy Club to take over their main space and we invited our friends at Ploom to help put on a great night of stand-up comedy as part of their #RethinkComedy campaign. Top notch comedians Robert Kelly, Big Jay Oakerson, Pete Davidson, Jesse Joyce, and Jimmy Failla performed and made sure to provide a night of hilarity for all. Peep the photo recap and visit www.ploom.com for more info on Ploom and its products. Read More