Inside Whiplash, 'Review,' and 'SNL' with Leo Allen
by Bradford Evans Two decades into his comedy career, Leo Allen is both the host of one of New York's most popular standup shows (Whiplash) and a busy writer who's worked for shows like Saturday Night Live, Jon Benjamin Has a Van (which he co-created), Comedy Bang! Bang!, and most recently, And... [Read More]
 
Mandatory Fun: The Laugh Button interview with “Weird Al” Yankovic
“Weird Al” Yankovic is having a moment. With the recent release of his fourteen studio album, Mandadory Fun, the iconic comedian/musician/satirist has once again displayed his incredible chops as a spoof songwriter with his finger on what people find funny. We got the chance to speak wit... [Read More]
 
Inside 'Nathan For You' with Co-Creator Michael Koman
by Bradford Evans Michael Koman is the co-creator of two of the best comedies on TV — Nathan For You and Eagleheart – and he's about to add a third to his roster. Koman is gearing up for production on an yet-to-be-titled Adult Swim sitcom that pairs Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and ... [Read More]
 
Judd Apatow returns to stand-up, talks Trainwreck, Simpsons, more! (Laughspin Podcast)
On this very special episode of The Laughspin Podcast, I sat down with the mighty Judd Apatow on the set of Trainwreck, the movie written by and starring Amy Schumer, which Apatow is currently directing and producing. We chatted inside Apatow’s trailer on Staten Island, where Schumer and co-st... [Read More]
 
Mike Birbiglia and the Importance and Power of Jokes
by Philip Stamato Mike Birbiglia has a very unique ability: the ability to tell any story, like the story of jumping out of a hotel window in Walla Walla, Washington, and make it relatable. To a certain extent, this is one of the primary goals of standup comedy. Although Birbiglia saw great success ... [Read More]
 
EXCLUSIVE: Weird Al Yankovic Celebrates First Number 1 Album, “Mandatory Fun”, Reveals Upcoming Projects, Announces Tour [Video]
After finishing an eight day internet tour of premiering a new music video everyday, Weird Al Yankovic earned the number one spot on the Billboard 200 this week. His biggest hit from the “Mandatory Fun” album, “Tacky”, parodies Pharrell’s “Happy”, and is fi... [Read More]
 
Sketch Anatomy: Andy Cowan Explains the Origins of 'Seinfeld's "The Opposite"
by Megh Wright Welcome to our column Sketch Anatomy, where we ask some of our favorite television writers to choose any sketch — one they personally wrote or one from history they find particularly hilarious, notable, or underappreciated — to learn from a writer's perspective what separa... [Read More]
 
Harnessing Absurdity to Help Others with Kurt Braunohler
by Emma Soren You can catch Kurt Braunohler’s new episode of The Half Hour this Friday, July 25, but he’s been focused on a lot more than just standup lately. In June, the comedian jet skied the Mississippi River from Chicago to New Orleans as part of his Indiegogo campaign to raise $50,... [Read More]
 
Talking to Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray About 'The Meltdown'
by Joel Arnold The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail premieres on Comedy Central tonight as an eight-episode, half-hour standup showcase based on the very popular weekly alt show hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray in Meltdown Comics’ NerdMelt Theater and produced by Emily Gordon. The show wi... [Read More]
 
Mark Normand on indie comedy, bombing and the secret to getting laughs (Laughspin interview)
Mark Normand, one of the fastest rising and most versatile comedians in the country, cut his teeth at open mics, bar shows and by performing in loft apartments. It’s that work ethic — and his joke writing prowess — that helped the Louisana native earn the respect of his fellow come... [Read More]