Game Changers of Comedy: Lenny Bruce
To rewrite a method that works and perform subversive material can be a booking nightmare. Lenny Bruce did it anyway.… MORE Game Changers of Comedy: Lenny Bruce appeared first on The Laugh Button.... [Read More]
How to talk dirty and get an exhibit: Lenny Bruce exhibit opens at Brandeis University
Lenny Bruce is being honored at Brandeis University. Just today the university held an opening ceremony for an exhibit dedicated to the life and writing of the highly influential comedian. The exhibit, called, Comedy and the Constitution: The Legacy of Lenny Bruce was opened by a ribbon cutting with... [Read More]
How to talk dirty and get an exhibit: Lenny Bruce exhibit opens at Brandeis University
Lenny Bruce is being honored at Brandeis University. Just today the university held an opening ceremony for an exhibit dedicated to the life and writing of the highly influential comedian. The exhibit, called, Comedy and the Constitution: The Legacy of Lenny Bruce was opened by a ribbon cutting with... [Read More]
Lenny Bruce at 90: Still a stand-up comedy trailblazer
Every art form has its share of pioneers who challenge the conventions of the medium in hopes of starting something fresh. With film, it was Orson Welles. For stand-up comedy, the traditions we take for granted today can be traced back to the late, great Lenny Bruce. He transformed stand-up into a s... [Read More]
Andy, did you hear about this one? 5 songs inspired by comedians
There’s an old saying that every comedian wants to be a rock star, and every rock star wants to be a comedian. Comedy and music have always had a close relationship, from shared work hours to the desire to entertain. While comedians from George Carlin to Hannibal Buress have great bits about b... [Read More]
R.I.P. Jack Rollins (1915-2015)
At 100 years old, Jack Rollins survived and thrived through all of the comedy booms, and rightly could take at least partial credit for the great talents of at least two peak periods in the funny business as a manager and producer. Starting in the 1950s, Rollins represented and fostered the young ca... [Read More]
Addicted to Comedy: A New Level of Confidence
My stagnate position needed to change, so I examined my comedy roots. I was raised on underground comedy. My favorite radio show as an adolescent was The Dr. Demento Show. He played a list of obscure artists (and up-and-coming people including Weird Al Yanokic) each week that would leave me in stitc... [Read More]
Who would make it onto the Mount Rushmore of Comedy?
This May, in celebrating Don Rickles on his 88th birthday, Jerry Seinfeld said of his elder hero: ""On the Mount Rushmore of stand-up comedy, there are four faces, in my opinion: Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bill Cosby and Don Rickles." This weekend, following the death of Joan Rivers at 81, C... [Read More]