Self-deprecation is a tool wielded by many comedians, old and new. It’s a style of humor utilized by such legends as Rodney Dangerfield, Woody Allen, Louis C.K., and countless others. With scores of comics incorporating this style from their tool bag, it’s difficult for rising stand-ups to avoid sounding hack. Up-and-coming talent Sean Donnelly employs self-deprecating humor that is fresh, while mixing in elements of observational and situational comedy. He weaves an act centered on his physique and pathetic tendencies, and yet never falls into being dismal, but rather wins over the audience by masterfully forcing them to relate. This is the mark of comedic excellence. We here at The Laugh Button are excited to highlight the career of Sean Donnelly thus far. We’ll start with his upcoming album and Comedy Central premiere of The Half Hour. Read More
Fans of Tig Notaro watched her stand-up change to reflect the recent tragedies enveloping her life. She moved from absurdist, observational humor to brutally honest bits about her life, which she famously showcased in her historic Largo set. Notaro further explores these autobiographical themes on her comedy pilot, One Mississippi, which appeared on Amazon today. The streaming network will order an entire season based on critic reviews and public feedback. Written by Notaro and Diablo Cody (Juno), the pilot echoes Louie, which makes sense, as C.K. is the show’s executive producer. Read More
Comedians in cars gettin’ paid! Seinfeld, Kevin Hart and Russell Peters top Forbes list of highest paid comedians of the year
Every year Forbes releases a list of the highest paid entertainers, whether it be sitcom stars, movie stars, or politicians. Just today the magazine released the list of highest paid comedians. From June 2014 – June 2015 the earnings were tallied to determine who the highest stand-up comics are. While there are definitely people on the list that aren’t surprising, there definitely are some shockers. But the combined income of the list is a whopping $166 million.
For starters, the figures are before any splits with agents and management happen and the revenue needs to be mainly earned from the comic’s stand-up/touring efforts and ticket sales. While many on the list TV and movie deals, actually performing and earning their fortune through stand-up predicts the list. Read More
Louis C.K. is taking a hiatus from “Louie” and his latest Madison Square Garden performance is available for a buck
As you very well may know by now, Louis C.K. will be taking an extended hiatus from his award-winning FX show Louie. But don’t fret, with other projects always in the works, he’ll have something coming down the pike before you know it. He always does. Recently, he’s been trailing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and he’s now just announced his recent Madison Square Garden appearances are available for audio download on his site for a “name-your-price” amount starting at one dollar. “I have put a new show up on louisck.net. It’s called ‘Louis CK live at Madison Square Garden.’ The show is exactly what is described there,” he wrote on his website. “It’s the audio from my last of 3 shows that I performed at Madison Square Garden early this year. Some of the material is in the Comedy Store Special. Some of it isn’t. But it’s also a fun show on it’s own. Since it’s repeated material, I’m giving you the option to set your price anywhere from 1 dollar to 85. The default is 5. I hope you like it.” We are very much looking forward to seeing what he does during his hiatus and have our ear to the ground.
Louis C.K., Jimmy Fallon, Ray Romano, Steven Wright to perform at Denis Leary’s 2015 “Comics Come Home” charity show
Every year in The fall Denis Leary has put on a charitable show, Comics Come Home. It’s a regal affair with the best comedians in the business heading to Boston for a night of stand-up comedy that raises money for The Cam Neely Foundation. This year will be the 21st year of the show, making it legal to drink now (if a festival could drink) and once again, Leary and his team have put together a night with some of the biggest comedians in the business participating. Louis C.K., Lenny Clarke, Chris Distefano, Jimmy Fallon, Christine Hurley, Ray Romano, Steven Wright are scheduled to perform.
All proceeds from this event benefit The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care. Since its inception, Comics Come Home has raised nearly $8 million to provide comfort, support and hope to cancer patients and their families. unds raised at this year’s show will help complete a pledge to Tufts Medical Center of $1.5 million to build the Marlene Neely Endoscopy Suite in memory of Cam’s mother who lost her battle with colon cancer. The 2015 Comics Come Home is presented by DCU for Kids and co-sponsored by Raptor. Read More
It’s been reported that Louis C.K. has been following around New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for an upcoming project. He’s attended meetings with the Financial Control Board as well as City Hall staff in regards to mental health. Once news broke the mayor joked, there’s “a lot of comedy at City Hall.” This isn’t the first encounter between the two. In fact, back in March, Louie appeared at the annual Inner Circle Show, a charity event featuring the city’s political reporters. Now all of this has been with the permission of the Mayor. “I don’t know what it is yet. I’m just messing around with something, and we’ll see how it goes.” stated C.K. Well, let’s hope something comes of all this research because the probability of it being something good is high.
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.
The Secret Life of Pets is a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in the film, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. It’s directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio. The Secret Life of Pets hits theaters July 8 2016.
The dog days of summer seem to have finally caught up with us. While that means there’s not much new happening in the TV world, we could still be watching season 5 of Louie but its intrepid leader got a bit too stoned to get us a full season 5. On the upside, The Chris Gethard Show finally came to realization that it’s happening with a great debut last week on its new home on Fusion, so if you haven’t set the DVR to start taping that, consider this a friendly reminder to get with it. Read More
Happy short week to you! Fresh off a holiday break (which we all needed right?) and just in time to kick off the summer, the stand-up comedy gods have blessed us with two stand-up specials airing on TV this week. First up on Thursday, right after the season finale of Louis C.K’s TV show, Louie on FX, the comedian’s latest comedy special, Live at the Comedy Store will make its television premiere. Then on Saturday, Nick Swardson will make his triumphant return to stand-up with a never-before-seen, brand spanking new stand-up special, Taste It. Swardson’s last special was in 2009, six long years for us Terry fans. Welcome back Nick! Here’s what else is going on this week. Read More