Where in the world is Kathy Griffin, and what is she thinking
A brand-new extensive interview with Kathy Griffin appeared today in The Hollywood Reporter, putting her on its cover as A Comic In Exile. The profile headline? “Can a Comic in Exile Come Back?” For starters, she’s not exiled. THR met her for lunch in Santa Monica and visited with ... [Read More]
How sensitive will Canadian comedy audiences (or bookers) get?
Just when you thought it was safe to tell jokes in Canada… Wait. You thought it was safe to tell jokes in Canada? Don’t let the extravagance of Just For Laughs fool you. For all of the “ethnic” and “nasty” shows at JFL Montreal each July, there are comedy bookers... [Read More]
When news silences satire: Why firing Kathy Griffin today weakens Anderson Cooper tomorrow
When the media takes down a comedian, we all lose. When the hubbub of Twitter firestarters and talking heads are starting… MORE When news silences satire: Why firing Kathy Griffin today weakens Anderson Cooper tomorrow appeared first on The Laugh Button.... [Read More]
When news silences satire: Why firing Kathy Griffin today weakens Anderson Cooper tomorrow
When the media takes down a comedian, we all lose. When the hubbub of Twitter firestarters and talking heads are starting… MORE When news silences satire: Why firing Kathy Griffin today weakens Anderson Cooper tomorrow appeared first on The Laugh Button.... [Read More]
NBC will air an unedited N-word on “The Carmichael Show”
The internet is truly abuzz with this week’s news that NBC will not edit a racial slur in an upcoming… MORE NBC will air an unedited N-word on “The Carmichael Show” appeared first on The Laugh Button.... [Read More]
NBC will air an unedited N-word on “The Carmichael Show”
The internet is truly abuzz with this week’s news that NBC will not edit a racial slur in an upcoming… MORE NBC will air an unedited N-word on “The Carmichael Show” appeared first on The Laugh Button.... [Read More]
Subaru is censoring comedy for SiriusXM subscribers
Well, it’s not every day that we hear reports of car manufacturers are trying to make you not listen to comedy. Out near Portland, OR a broadcast journalist Vice Patton learned just that. Patton is a SiriusXM subscriber who listens to a lot of comedy. He’s also found that if he’s l... [Read More]
How 'Inside Amy Schumer' Fought — and Won — to Get "Pussy" on TV
by Megh Wright Over the weekend, Amy Schumer and the writers/producers of Inside Amy Schumer sat down for a Paley Center panel all about the show, and it turns out we have them to thank for finally reaching true gender equality on Comedy Central. Prior to the second season of Schumer's show, the net... [Read More]
Egyptian elections, military might prompt Bassem Youssef’s cancellation; but one final salute from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
The Arab Spring helped give rise to political satire that allowed a former heart surgeon to speak to millions throughout Egypt over the past three years. Last week, Egyptians elected former Army General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as their new president with more than 96 percent of the vote. And like that,... [Read More]
Comedians in Courthouses Getting Cuffed: Lenny Bruce and George Carlin, December 1962
On Dec. 5, 1962, Lenny Bruce was both comedy icon and outlaw at the age of 37. He had played Carnegie Hall and released the recording as a triple-album, and was just beginning to amass a lengthy arrest record, too. On that night, Bruce was performing at the Gate of Horn in Chicago. In the audience, ... [Read More]