Controversy over Upright Citizens Brigade flares, but is it much ado about nothing?
What started as one comedian’s off-the-cuff vocal displeasure over the way a well-respected comedy institution runs its business evolved into a needlessly divisive, hostile online battle fought via Facebook updates and Tumblr posts. I’m not including... [Read More]
Brock Wilbur: 28 Years Later (Interview)
Brock Wilbur is literally from the middle of nowhere. Born and raised in Salina, Kansas — the only town in the entire country that’s equidistant of New York and Los Angeles — Wilbur admits, “I’m from as far away from anything as you could possibly b... [Read More]
Mark Ellis: Not Just Another Schmoe
Mark Ellis is a normal kid from Virginia who likes sports, video games, Van Halen and fine dining at quick service chain restaurants. But luckily, a little chubbiness drove Ellis to develop a sense of humor and move to Los Angeles to pursue a career ... [Read More]
Amy Poehler will write her first book, star in a Super Bowl ad for Best Buy
Beloved Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler has just inked a deal to write her very first book! Planned for a 2014 release, Harper Collins will publish a tome, described as an “illustrated, nonlinear diary full of humor and honesty and brimming wit... [Read More]
Catching up with Joe Sib before his SF Sketchfest appearance (interview)
The Laugh Button last spoke to stand-up comedian/SideOneDummy Records co-founder/manic ball of energy Joe Sib in October 2011, when his one man show, “California Calling,” was making the rounds of comedy clubs and festivals, including San Francisco’s Sketchfest. Nearly two years later, Joe’s s... [Read More]
Joe Piscopo & Jeff Norris: Jersey Strong (Interview)
Saturday, January 19, was a historic night for the Jersey Shore town of Brick. Headlining comedian and Brick resident Jeff Norris invited some entertaining friends, including Saturday Night Live alum and Jersey native Joe Piscopo, to take part in a H... [Read More]
Talking Comedy with Gilbert Gottfried (video)
We had the chance to catch up with comic legend Gilbert Gottfried for a wee bit of a chat. About what you ask? Well, Gilbert told us about his latest stand-up special and book as well as some dirty jokes. He also talked about how he became an apologist on Twitter and how his demo [...]Talking Comedy... [Read More]
Fox skips the pilot and orders Seth MacFarlane’s new series
At this point in his career Seth MacFarlane can vacate his bowels into a beach bucket, film it and successfully sell it as a network series. It hasn’t gotten to that point yet and luckily it doesn’t seem MacFarlane has started phoning it ... [Read More]
Dropping in on Tom Shillue and his 12 albums in 12 months project: Lateral Thinking Puzzlers
Comedian Tom Shillue began an interesting project on November 6, 2012. Instead of releasing one traditional comedy album, Shillue decided to release 12 albums in the next 12 months. This month’s release is his third and titled Lateral Thinking Puzzlers. This ambitious project seems to be worki... [Read More]
8 Comedians to watch in 2013
We get exposed to a lot of comedy up here in the TLB Towers and over the years we’ve gotten the chance to watch some comedians rise and become bigger and bigger each year. Now that the beginning of 2013 is upon us we came up with a list of comedians that we think you [...]8 Comedians to watch ... [Read More]