The new season of The Half Hour premieres at midnight this Friday on Comedy Central. The one and only Dan Soder (Soooodaaaa!) is kicking things off. We selected Dan as one of our 8 comedians to watch in 2013 and this clip is a great example of why we’re so psyched to see him lay down some comedy for the masses. Read the rest of this entry
Today marks the release of comedian Al Madrigal’s new CD/DVD, Why Is the Rabbit Crying?.
It’s Madrigal’s first stand-up comedy special for Comedy Central and first since he’s become a correspondent on one of the channel’s flagship shows, The Daily Show as well as a regular on the Jay Mohr sitcom Gary Unmarried, Shorties Watchin’ Shorties, Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time, or the short-lived Free Agents with fellow comedians Natasha Leggero and Mo Mandel.
While many might be experiencing Madrigal’s stand-up for the first time with this release, trust us when we say Madrigal knows his way around the stage. Ever since winning the best comedian award at the 2004 Aspen Comedy Festival he’s had numerous appearances on the late night show circuit and TV shows. Firmly placing him as one of the best Latino comedians to crossover into the mainstream of comedy. A notion that Madrigal finds funny for the San Francisco native (who was born on the 4th of July) said in a recent interview on The Adam Carolla podcast that he didn’t even realize he was considered a Latino comedian, he just thought he was a comedian. Read the rest of this entry
Nice Try, The Devil finds Holmes contemplating the rapture, being obsessed with Ryan Gosling, and the loneliness of making his bed. It’s Holmes’ second special behind 2011′s incredibly fun, Impregnated with Wonder. Seriously, check that album out, it made our top 10 list for that year.
For the raunchier version, an extended and uncensored CD/DVD combo will be released On May 14 via Comedy Central Records. DVD bonus features will include Holmes’ Comedy Central Presents special as well as his appearances on John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show.
Christopher Titus’ Voice in My Head begins with a quite literal sermon from the fiery “Church of Comedy: Fresno, California Parish.” Seriously. There’s church-y music (which could be from a wedding, or a funeral), and the stage background boasts a giant ‘T’ against purple stained glass that looks pretty purposefully like a Christian cross. The only thing that’s missing is Titus’ priestly habit.
The “Church of Comedy” happens to be in cahoots with the “Church of the Epic Fail,” where Titus presides. He even says, “if there was a Fuck-Up Pope, I would have a three-foot hat.” If you’re familiar with how comedy works, you might be sarcastically thinking, “Wow, what an INCREDIBLE juxtaposition! He’s preaching his own fall from grace? Oh, the irony!” and then you might twirl your mustache and harrumph. However, while Christopher Titus’ call to loser-dom is a common tactic in the comedy world (whether it be overtly religious, or otherwise), there is no denying that the life of Christopher Titus is that of an epic failure. Through the masterful use of comedic storytelling techniques, he draws upon his massive cache of awesome comedic mishaps, such as: 1) not living up to his alcoholic father’s expectations at age 5 during a ski boat outing by taking too long to learn how to water ski; 2) scaring little kids at a birthday party by dressing up as Darth Vader for a job in high school, and; 3) ruining his own comedy act in Macon, Georgia – twice – by being insensitive to news about a sick baby and then yelling at a disabled woman. Read the rest of this entry
Nothing better to get over those blues than a Bill Burr DVD giveaway.
Burr recently released this third stand-up comedy special, You People Are All The Same, for purchase on his website. Filmed at Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Theater, You People Are All The Same is Bill Burr’s third special that finds him talking about the daily struggles of being a manic dude. The Laugh Button wants to treat your real nice, set you down, dim the lights, burn that mahogany wood scented incense, and reward you with a DVD copy of the special. Read the rest of this entry
Continuing on the trend of comedians bypassing “The Man” and self-releasing their comedy specials, Christopher Titus offers his stand up Voice In My Head available today for $9 on his website.
His fifth 90-minute special special features Titus addressing the idiot in all of us and especially the life mistakes he himself has made. Some of those mistakes include stories about a 30 million dollar blunder and a chance meeting with Bruce Springsteen. In typical Titus-esque comedy, the comedian doesn’t back down from any taboo topics. On issues most comedians would avoid, Titus addresses the matter head on employing his zest of hard-facts humor.
Watch him take down the word, “retard,” in a clip from Voice In My Head. Read the rest of this entry
Two new comedy albums were just released this week that you should check out.
Davon Magwood – Yeah I Said It
The first album we recommend is by Davon Magwood and is titled Yeah I Said It. The name of the album is relevant to Magwood’s style as he is known for his unconventional raw style to traditional comedy. With over 30,000 Twitter followers, Magwood is known for sharing his direct and unregulated point of view. Last year during the Indie Comedy Tour, Magwood hosted and opened for national acts like T.J. Miller, Hannibal Buress and Gary Owen, so he’s been around the block. He has also appearances on the SiriusXM’s ”Raw Dog” channel and has been featured in articles in the Huffington Post. His unique point of view complimented by his entertaining style makes Magwood a comedian you should definitely check out. Read the rest of this entry
Kevin Mullaney is a great guy whose been on both sides of the entertainment business. He’s performed on stage as well as off, overseeing business attributes to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. He spoke very openly and honest about how both sides of the comedy world work. From trying to get stage time to demanding payments and from running a theatre to paying rent for space, Mullaney is a valuable asset for a behind-the-scenes look.
Lsten to both sides of any story before you make your judgments and Kevin lays out a few arguments to think about. He addresses everything from creative freedom to the goals UCB founders Matt Besser and Ian Roberts had when they launched the UCB Theatre in New York, to how things come into play today.
We got the chance to ask Mullaney his thoughts about the current UCB debate about performers compensation which lead to their recent decision to cancel weekend stand-up shows in light of the situation. Read the rest of this entry