Gilda’s Laughfest 2015: Jerrod Carmichael perseveres through set via whisper
For a comedian to have had his first comedy special filmed at the iconic Comedy Store in Hollywood, let alone be directed by a director as huge as Spike Lee, he has to have a combination of incredible talent and remarkable confidence. Jerrod Carmichael has both those qualities, and they were on full... [Read More]
Gilda’s Laughfest 2015: Patton Oswalt brought down the house, literally
It’s pretty rare that a comedian can say “I literally brought down the house” and not be grossly misusing the word “literally,” but Patton Oswalt was able to make just such a boast at the end of his appearance at Gilda’s LaughFest in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The fa... [Read More]
Watch Hannibal Buress Play Drums for Speedy Ortiz at SXSW
by Megh Wright Hannibal Buress might have forgotten the name of the band he played with at SXSW during his interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, but thankfully Pitchfork has him covered with the full video. Hopefully now Speedy Ortiz gets some wider recognition thanks to their guest drummer, wh... [Read More]
Gilda’s Laughfest 2015: Brian Posehn embraces his new status quo as a family man
Amiably scruffy Brian Posehn, well known to smart TV fans for his work in cult classics like Mr. Show and The Sarah Silverman Program, has made peace with his slacker past, while embracing his new status quo as a family man, and in the process he has gradually morphed into a post-modern geek icon. B... [Read More]
Hannibal Buress joins the band Speedy Ortiz on drums down at SXSW
Comedian Hannibal Buress joins Speedy Ortiz for “MKVI” live at House of Vans at SXSW 2015. As Buress sits behind the kit and gets settled in he declares, “Thanks for letting me ruin your last song.” Hannibal Buress joins a long line of comedian drummers including Bill Burr, A... [Read More]
SXSW 2015: The Laugh Button Live! in photos
SXSW 2015 was one for the ages as it allowed to put on easily our biggest live stand-up show to date. On Monday, March 16th we packed Esther’s Follies to the gills with one of the finest shows we’ve ever done. Our photography pal Kristin Hillery documented the evening for us. One that co... [Read More]
'The A.V. Club' Announces the Second Annual 26th Annual Comedy Festival
by Megh Wright For the second year in a row, The Onion and The A.V. Club are teaming up for the "26th Annual Comedy Festival" in Chicago, and today they announced 2015's expanded lineup. This year's festival will take place in various Chicago venues from Tuesday, May 26th through Saturday, May 30th ... [Read More]
SXSW 2015: Mark Normand vs Jay Larson in Roast Battle South By Edition
The show that’s been gaining steam out on the left coast has come to SXSW Comedy for 3 nights. Each show reached capacity with fans having to be turned away. And that said show sees stand-up comics competing in a match of wit and insults called Roast Battle. Hosted by Brian Moses aka the ... [Read More]
Eugene Mirman’s Comedy Festival returns to Boston for third year in April 2015
The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival now is a recurring feature in both Brooklyn and Boston, with the fest now returning to the latter city for the third year this April. Highlights for the third Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival in Boston, April 17-19, 2015, include: Star Talk Live! hosted by Mirman ... [Read More]
The 2015 Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival Announces Its Lineup
by Megh Wright The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival returns next month in Boston and Cambridge, and the full schedule was announced today. The festival takes place from Friday, April 17th through Sunday the 19th, and H. Jon Benjamin, Wyatt Cenac, Rachel Dratch, Jessica Williams, Bill Nye, and some "spe... [Read More]