“Why We Laugh: Funny Women,” narrated and executive produced by Joan Rivers
In 2012, after her acclaimed documentary had wowed film festivals and she surged back into our consciousness even more with a "win" on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, Joan Rivers put together a new one-hour special for Showtime, Joan Rivers: Don't Start With Me (it's airing again tonight, as well as On ... [Read More]
 
Kelly Carlin digs deep for a new memoir and a posthumous live CD or CDs from her father
For the better part of the past six years, Kelly Carlin has been processing and sharing the lessons from her life as the only child of a comedy legend, first as a stage show -- "A Carlin Home Companion" -- and now in a published memoir of the same title. She handed in a 336-page manuscript to her ed... [Read More]
 
Mark Normand on Conan and The Half Hour this week: Still Got It!
Mark Normand returned to Conan on Wednesday night to defend sluts, of all people. Sluts, he tells ya! It's a big week for Normand. The stand-up comedian, based in New York City but originally from New Orleans, also just released his first stand-up comedy album and will see his first half-hour TV spe... [Read More]
 
Kurt Metzger hopes to draw a broader audience with “White Precious”
Kurt Metzger may be the nicest and most reasonable person onstage and off, who simultaneously is joking about things and using language to which many strangers might take offense. Perhaps he truly is "White Precious." That's the title of his first hourlong stand-up special, which debuts tonight on C... [Read More]
 
Cool thing to buy this week: Upright Citizens Brigade: The Complete Third Season
There is a lot of stuff out there in the world vying for both your attention and your hard-earned dollars. The Laugh Button is here to help you make the right decisions when it comes to purchasing funny things. Here’s what’s cool to buy this week. Upright Citizens Brigade: The Complete T... [Read More]
 
Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen is recording a live album with Kill Rock Stars
After nine years of shows on two coasts, Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal's "Hot Tub" variety show will get the double-album treatment in both vinyl record and digital formats this fall, thanks to Kill Rock Stars. They'll be recording shows the following two Monday nights at The Virgil in Los Ange... [Read More]
 
Ian Edwards on Conan, and Team Coco Records
Black dudes in hoodies: A scary thing, but how scary, really? That's the question Ian Edwards poses and answers in his stand-up set on Tuesday night's Conan. Hint: Not as scary as white dudes in suits. And then there is the Rev. Al Sharpton, in a suit. Which is a completely different type of scary. ... [Read More]
 
Comedy wins none of the 2014 Billboard Music Awards but all of the focus of this week’s magazine issue
You probably heard about, if you didn't also already see, the hologram of the late Michael Jackson performing at Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards, televised live to an audience of millions. The Billboard Music Awards are perhaps the least surprising awards of all in "Awards Season," as each of ... [Read More]
 
Comedian Erik Riviera to Tape One-Hour Comedy Special
Comedian Erik Rivera is set to tape his first stand-up comedy special Thursday, May 29. Levity Productions, the comedy powerhouse responsible for producing over 100 prime-time specials with comedians such as Jamie Foxx, Jeff Dunham, Daniel Tosh, Tracy Morgan, Billy Gardell, Amy Schumer, Jim Breuer a... [Read More]
 
Watch Marc Maron’s “Thinky Pain” vinyl record while listening to it?!
This is different. Comedy Central has released a YouTube video of Marc Maron's latest stand-up record, "Thinky Pain," as a record. You can hear Maron talk about his life, career and thoughts while watching his record spin on a turntable. And yes. They flip the record. Enjoy! Here's a link to buy a ... [Read More]