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.
At the top of the summer, our pal Robert Kelly filmed a new stand-up special/concert film at the Village Underground in NYC. It was a big night for Kelly and his team at Apostle as they set out and did it on their own, selecting the venue they wanted, then produced, and financed it themselves.
The Bobcat Goldthwait-directed film was accepted into the Rhode Island Film Festival and now, we’ve learned that Comedy Central has acquired the North American broadcast rights to air Robert Kelly: Live At The Village Underground and will premiere it at the top of 2015 in January. Read More
Paul Provenza’s Green Room show has always been an intriguing one for any comedy fan. While the show had a very short life on Showtime television, however it’s found new life, showing up at various festivals since then and it’s been just as compelling ever since.
At Salle Claude Leveillee, Provenza hosted a panel of comedians to discuss comedians that left us too soon. Provenza hosted Bill Burr, Dom Irrera, Dave Attell, Robert Kelly, and Darrin Rose and led a roundtable discussion about comedians we lost a bit too soon. Every comedian on the panel had a touch point about the comedians we lost and the conversation was riveting. While it was abundantly obvious all comedians had great respect for the comics they discussed, it didn’t stop them from cracking jokes at them and making fun of them. Read More
Robert Kelly’s “Live At The Village Underground” was accepted at The Rhode Island International Film Festival
A few weeks back we had the pleasure of attending the taping of Robert Kelly’s new stand-up special recording live at NYC’s Comedy Cellar at the Village Underground which, as luck would have it, is also the name of the special. Today news broke that that Kelly’s special has been accepted into the Rhode Island International Film Festival. RIFF is a one of a handful of qualifying fests for the Academy Awards. Robert Kelly: Live at the Village Underground will premiere at the festival between August 5-10th.
We’ve had many conversations with Kelly about how he wanted to record this special, from the get-go, he had the desire to recreate the intimate setting of a comedy club rather than a big theater stage setup. Which makes sense as it’s this setting where comedians work night after night – close and intimate with a small crowd, making them laugh. Read More
Back in January FX announced plans to shoot the pilot for a new Denis Leary sitcom, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. There was a lot of excitement about the show because Leary would be re-uniting with the creative team responsible for the fantastic firefighter drama Rescue Me.
Today FX announced that it has ordered ten episodes of the show which is great news for all involved. On the show Leary plays Johnny Rock, a wash-up frontman of the band The Heathens, a band that was on track to be the next big thing in rock and roll in the early 90s until drug addiction and band choices derailed the group. The show picks up 25 years later in the present day and Leary is trying to bring the band back together for another go ’round.
FX also released this promo pictures of The Heathens in their full rock glory (we’re assuming from their early 90s days). Co-stars making up the band include John Corbett on guitar, John Ales on bass, and comedian Robert Kelly on drums.
Now, let’s look at a promo pic of the cast dressed up as the fictional band and figure out what’s going on. Read More
This week was the upfronts so there was lotsa ups and downs when it comes to television, shows ended, others were cut and more were greenlit. We did our best to keep up with it all. We even hit the [adult swim] upfront which happened to feature Atlanta’s own Outkast! Hard out here for us pimps.
– It was an absolute Hollywood bloodbath. We say goodbye to FX’s Legit and Chozen, a slew of ABC sitcoms, and the possibility of the Chris Gethard Show on Comedy Central. Shockingly, cult favorite show Community got the axe as well. Creator Dan Harmon spoke about the cancellation. Oh yeah, and Mulaney! Read More
It’s been six years since Robert Kelly last released a comedy album. Yup it was 2008 when the comedian released his fantastic album, Just The Tip. It’s a must-listen if you haven’t spent the time. But a lot has happened to the comedian in those six years since. He’s become a family man and father, toured comedy clubs all over the world, started a successful podcast that showcases great comedic talent, founded one of the best podcast networks around, landed roles on TV, is Louis C.K.’s TV brother. In addition to all of this, he’s worked to become one of the funniest and most respected comedians working today.
He’s also long overdue for a new comedy album.
That last part will be taken care of on June 17th, as Kelly announced the details for his long-awaited follow-up comedy album today. Kelly revealed via his podcast that plans are finalized for the recording of his new special on June 17th at the Comedy Cellar at the Village Underground. Kelly also mentioned that his management company, Apostle is producing the special and the one and only Bobcat Goldthwait is directing. Though he didn’t mention it in his announcement today, Kelly had previously mentioned that he would be doing his special with New Wave Entertainment. There’s currently no street date for the special, but chances are it will be late 2014 or early 2015. Read More
Artie Lange reunites with Nick DiPaolo on podcast, reveals details about his hospitalization, show cancellation
It’s been a trying few weeks for Artie Lange. A packed schedule left him run down to the point where he ended up being hospitalized in Detroit after going into diabetic shock. Then just as Lange was out of the woods and settled back into his groove, his DirecTV talk show, The Artie Lange Show was abruptly cancelled with 5 months left in his contract. Lange made the shocking announcement on his show Monday.
The first move Lange made after his show’s end was right to his longtime friend Nick DiPaolo’s podcast to talk about these current events. The duo first co-hosted a talk show on DirecTV before DiPaolo departed in a similar, unexpected manner. DiPaolo’s podcast now calls Riotcast, home.
Very quickly, Lange and DiPaolo slipped back into their comfortable routine, as longtime friends, their conversation slipped into talking about sports, pop culture, and news stories of the day. Including the current scandal surrounding LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling. DiPaolo eventually got down to the task at hand and asked Lange questions to find answers to it all. Read More
Dave Attell returns this Saturday with new stand-up special, ‘Road Work’ and late night uncensored stand-up series
Dave Attell is going to release a new stand-up special and we’re pumped! Attell is easily one of the greatest living stand-up comedians on the planet. Don’t think so? Try to conjure up someone more respected, more imitated, and more funny? Can’t do it can you? Also, “more funny” isn’t grammatically correct. Attell isn’t just making his return to Comedy Central this weekend in a small way; rather Dave’s dropping a double dose of depravity and debauchery twice on TV. Read More
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