The best films about standup: from King of Comedy to Funny Bones
As Maxine Peake takes the mic to play a club comic in Funny Cow, here are five movies that capture the lacerating, soul-baring world of live comedyThere’s something so intimate, exposing and ruthless about their artform that standups make perfect symbols for the battle we all wage to assert ou... [Read More]
The best films about standup: from King of Comedy to Funny Bones
As Maxine Peake takes the mic to play a club comic in Funny Cow, here are five movies that capture the lacerating, soul-baring world of live comedyThere’s something so intimate, exposing and ruthless about their artform that standups make perfect symbols for the battle we all wage to assert ou... [Read More]
7 of the Most Confusing Twists in Comedy History
There’s no shortage of confusing behavior going on in the entertainment industry. At this stage, the job description for becoming a celebrity might as well include something about carrying on in ways that nobody can understand. Comedians are generally the only ones we can turn to in order to m... [Read More]
R.I.P. Jerry Lewis (1926-2017)
That the French would love Jerry Lewis should surprise no one who saw him perform at his peak from the mid-1950s through the mid-1960s. That Americans would mock the French for it is perhaps more surprising. For the great physicality, cartoonish faces and slapstick sound effects that Lewis used to m... [Read More]
R.I.P. Jerry Lewis (1926-2017)
That the French would love Jerry Lewis should surprise no one who saw him perform at his peak from the mid-1950s through the mid-1960s. That Americans would mock the French for it is perhaps more surprising. For the great physicality, cartoonish faces and slapstick sound effects that Lewis used to m... [Read More]
RIP Jerry Lewis
Not long after the comedy world lost a legend and pioneer when Dick Gregory passed away over the weekend, it lost another star. Yesterday it was confirmed that comedian, filmmaker, and philanthropist Jerry Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas. Lewis was 91 years old. While in recent years L... [Read More]
Jerry Lewis, comedy legend dead at 91
Today, an undeniable comedy legend, Jerry Lewis has passed away at the age of 91 this morning at his home… MORE Jerry Lewis, comedy legend dead at 91 appeared first on The Laugh Button.... [Read More]
Humor in Hindsight: 1983’s The King of Comedy
Here’s the lede from my latest Humor In Hindsight column for Decider.com, reflecting on Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, starring Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, and Sandra Bernhard, fast-forwarding the context from 1983 to 2017. Who among us hasn’t suffered from delusions of gra... [Read More]
Dark comedies revisited: “The King Of Comedy”
“It’s better to be king for a day, than schmuck for a lifetime.” These are the immortal words spoken by… MORE Dark comedies revisited: “The King Of Comedy” appeared first on The Laugh Button.... [Read More]
Stand-up documentary “Dying Laughing” features Schumer, Hart, Shandling and more
Stand-up comedy icons Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Jamie Foxx, Billy Connolly, Steve Coogan, Cedric The Entertainer, Mike Epps, Eddie Izzard, Jerry Lewis, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman, Keenen Ivory Wayans and the late, great Garry Shandling, among many others, appear in Dying Laughing, wh... [Read More]