Amazon buying Rooftop Comedy, adding digital stand-up content to Amazon Prime and Audible
As Netflix continues to add new stand-up comedy specials to its arsenal, Amazon had to counter. Today, Amazon announced it was buying Rooftop Comedy. Reuters broke the news, with a statement from Audible CEO Donald Katz that the company had been attracted by Rooftop's content library and talent... [Read More]
Gabriel Iglesias on the big-screen in “The Fluffy Movie”
Gabriel Iglesias has featured his voice and face in multiple motion pictures over the past couple of years -- Magic Mike and its sequel, Magic Mike XXL, now filming, plus Planes, The Nut Job and A Haunted House 2. But Fluffy didn't expect to see himself on the big screen playing himself, as he ... [Read More]
Review: Artie Lange, “The Stench of Failure,” on Comedy Central
Artie Lange has been through a lot the past four years; heck the past fourteen years; hell, make it 40. He says as much at the end of his new stand-up special, which premieres at midnight tonight on Comedy Central: "Thank you for not forgetting me, guys. I've been through some hell." Lange easily co... [Read More]
Pee-wee’s Playhouse returns to Saturday morning TV for one livestream only (plus a complete Blu-ray DVD set!)
Just when network television lost faith completely in Saturday morning cartoons and children's TV, here comes Pee-wee's Playhouse to the rescue. will broadcast a special sneak peek, livestreaming four newly remastered HD episodes of classic Pee-wee's Playhouse... [Read More]
“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]