Episode #174: Heather Anne Campbell
Heather Anne Campbell is one of America’s great improvisers. She has studied under the legendary Del Close in Chicago, performed overseas with Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, appeared on MADtv, written for Saturday Night Live, and helped jumpstart FOX’s ADHD Animation Domination High-Definiti... [Read More]
R.I.P. Gary Austin, founder of The Groundlings (1941-2017)
Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, there were two places to go to find the best sketch comedians and improvising funny people in America: The Second City in Chicago and The Groundlings in Los Angeles. Gary Austin put The Groundlings on the map, founding the sketch and improv troupe and nonprofit sch... [Read More]
Game Changers of Comedy: Kathy Griffin
A quick Google search will reveal how underestimated women are in comedy. This is a topical assessment, but it is… MORE Game Changers of Comedy: Kathy Griffin appeared first on The Laugh Button.... [Read More]
Game Changers of Comedy: Kathy Griffin
A quick Google search will reveal how underestimated women are in comedy. This is a topical assessment, but it is… MORE Game Changers of Comedy: Kathy Griffin appeared first on The Laugh Button.... [Read More]
Game Changers of Comedy: Kathy Griffin
A quick Google search will reveal how underestimated women are in comedy. This is a topical assessment, but it is… MORE Game Changers of Comedy: Kathy Griffin appeared first on The Laugh Button.... [Read More]
Jimmy Fallon owed money to The Groundlings when he got hired on Saturday Night Live
Mike Birbiglia says that his new movie about an improv group, Don't Think Twice, uses plenty of real-life influences and anecdotes. Jimmy Fallon's life isn't among them, although Fallon shared a funny note about what happened when he himself got the call from Saturday Night Live -- when Fallon calle... [Read More]
On promoting diversity in improv comedy
When Viola Davis accepted her Emmy Award last night for Outstanding Lead Actress in a TV drama series, she said: "The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You can't win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there." Powerful, moving words. Even more so for comedia... [Read More]
Life lessons in comedy and show business from Stephanie Courtney, aka “Flo” from the Progressive commercials
In 2007, Stephanie Courtney was a regular performer with The Groundlings and booking small parts in TV commercials, but you likely had no idea who the 37-year-old actress was. Then Courtney filmed her first TV spot for Progressive Insurance as a saleswoman named "Flo." Now you know. But it took 10 y... [Read More]
SXSW 2015: Will Forte sings his “Gold Man” theme from The Groundlings that helped him land SNL
During Monday's SXSW panel on "Creating the Shows That We Like," Will Forte -- co-creator and showrunner on the new FOX series he stars in, The Last Man on Earth -- recounted an old, very NSFW bit he used to run with while a member of Los Angeles sketch group, The Groundlings. Forte called it his "G... [Read More]
Melissa McCarthy Ben Falcone comedy “Michelle Darnell” coming 2016
Husband and wife team up for Michelle Darnell which gets it’s release date in Apr. 2016. Yes, we are literally days into 2015 but we mark our calendars years in advance in this industry, and this will be one of those days to mark. The movie stars Melissa McCarthy as the lead and will be [&hell... [Read More]