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  • This week in comedy: we saw into the future

    Tina Fey and Amy PoehlerWith the end of the year in plain sight, we’re hearing more about what’s in store for 2015 than about what’s going on in the present day. This week’s most exciting moments looked forward a bit, with news about future awards host and season premieres dominating headlines. But this trend doesn’t mean that there weren’t some great late night stand-up moments, along with the usual weekly laughs.

    – Arguably comedy’s best duo, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will return to the podium for next year’s Golden Globe Awards. This is their third consecutive year teaming up for this role; with the great jokes of years prior, expectations are even higher this time around. No worries, though; this promo totally meets them. Read More

    Donate gifts to Robert Kelly’s holiday gift drive benefiting children’s charities

    It’s holiday season which hopefully brings us all good tidings and joy. Unfortunately there are those out there that don’t have as much to look forward to. Comedian Robert Kelly knows how this feels. As someone who spent time in the Foster system, Kelly is acutely aware about the feeling kids get when it’s Christmas morning and there’s not much for them to celebrate. It’s because of this the comedian and his friends at the You Know What Dude podcast and its network Riotcast, are putting their efforts into a Holiday Gift Drive to help brighten some spirits during the holiday season. 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

    Robert Kelly, “Live At The Village Underground” to make TV premiere on Comedy Central in January

    Robert Kelly, Bobcat GoldthwaitAt 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 (Update: Jan 9th at 12midnight). Read More

    Just For Laughs 2014: The Green Room with Paul Provenza

    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

    Robert Kelly, Bobcat GoldthwaitA 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

    FX places 10 episode order for new Denis Leary sitcom, “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll”

    Denis Leary, Johnny RockBack 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 in Comedy: We upfronted all over the place

    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

    Robert Kelly to tape his next stand-up special in NYC on June 17th

    Robert KellyIt’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