Talking Standup, Acting, and Creative Control with Jenny Zigrino
I met Jenny Zigrino at New Orleans’ Civic Theater the day before her Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents (her half hour premieres tonight at 12:30) taping. We were sitting on a couch in the green room having a casual chat when her phone rang. “Do you mind if I take this?” she asked. I... [Read More]
Lenny Bruce’s daughter Kitty makes change
Lenny Bruce was not someone who would say nothing. If there was something he believed in, dammit, he was going… MORE Lenny Bruce’s daughter Kitty makes change appeared first on The Laugh Button.... [Read More]
Shane Torres Is Crushing It
A few nights before he recorded his set for Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents (which premieres this Friday night at midnight), Shane Torres dropped in at New Orleans’ 12 Mile Limit for a quick set at the Bear with Me open mic. He had been touring the South running his half hour at off nights at... [Read More]
Inside ‘Atypical’ with Nik Dodani
Best known for his role as the foul-mouthed friend and dating advisor Zahid on Netflix’s recently renewed comedy Atypical, Nik Dodani is on the cusp of a breakout year. The 22-year-old actor and comedian has been acting since age 12 and is now starting to get some serious recognition. As ... [Read More]
Kurt Braunohler and Lauren Cook on Parenthood, ‘Wedlock,’ and Sex Dungeons
The couple that visits a BDSM dungeon together stays together. At least that’s what Kurt Braunohler and Lauren Cook are trying to prove in their podcast Wedlock with Kurt and Lauren. What started as occasional chats between soon-to-be-weds on Kurt’s multi-format K Ohle podcast became a f... [Read More]
Talking Comedy and Politics with Former Obama Speechwriter David Litt
Not many people can claim that they landed their first post-college job as a 24-year-old speechwriter and joke writer for the President of the United States, which is just part of what makes David Litt’s new book Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years, out today, so fasci... [Read More]
Open Mike Eagle on His Latest Album and Upcoming Comedy Central Show ‘The New Negroes’
Open Mike Eagle wants to expand the world’s concept of blackness. As a rapper who has earned critical and cult accolades with his self-described Art Rap, he’s mastered the craft of not fitting into any pre-established outlines of what a hip-hop artist “should” be. His newest ... [Read More]
The Gospel of Yamaneika Saunders
Growing up in the church, Yamaneika Saunders was told by others that she had a calling. “When I was growing up people would single me out and say that I would be a preacher. I had no idea how to be a preacher, nor did I want to be. Maybe the gift that they saw […] [Read More]
How a Three-Year Goal Led to Chris Redd’s Comedy Central Standup Debut
Comedy Central’s half hours are back this week, rebranded as Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents. The first in this season’s lineup of emerging comics is Chicago native Chris Redd. Redd got his start over eight years ago by simultaneously taking on improv, sketch, and standup. Since then he... [Read More]
Pamela Adlon on ‘Better Things’ and the Power of Staying Personal
From Louie to Californication to King of the Hill to her critically acclaimed FX series Better Things, Pamela Adlon has been expertly casting a wide net as an actor, writer, director, and producer. “People have a Where’s Waldo thing with me because of all the weird shit I’ve done. ... [Read More]