Episode #109: Ms. Pat
Ms. Pat’s early career sounds a little bit like the role Sally Field’s in the 1988 movie about comedy, Punchline, except only Ms. Pat grew up in a bootleg house in Atlanta, became a mother of two by the time she was 15, sold drugs, was shot twice, and arrested multiple times all before s... [Read More]
Episode #109: Ms. Pat
Ms. Pat’s early career sounds a little bit like the role Sally Field’s in the 1988 movie about comedy, Punchline, except only Ms. Pat grew up in a bootleg house in Atlanta, became a mother of two by the time she was 15, sold drugs, was shot twice, and arrested multiple times all before s... [Read More]
The Laugh Button Podcast #82: Montreal time with K. Trevor Wilson
We’re presenting another show, so get some tickets. Mark and Matt talk about the news of the big SNL shakeups and all the tours happening this summer. Then, we kick things over to Canada’s own K. Trevor Wilson. We caught up with Wilson at Just For Laughs in Montreal to talk comedy. Wilso... [Read More]
My First Montreal: Cameron Esposito tells us about her first Just For Laughs trip
Last week, Cameron Esposito was in Montreal for the Just For Laughs Festival. It wasn’t the first time she’s made the trek to Montreal to tell some jokes. We had a few minutes to catch up with her so we wanted to know what her first time was like at the world’s biggest comedy festi... [Read More]
The Laugh Button Podcast #81: David Mandel from VEEP
We just returned from Montreal for the Just For Laughs festival. They recap their time across the border which included the last of Trump v. Bernie, The Goddamn Comedy Jam, British comedians, new faces and Roast Battles. While there, we sat down with David Mandel, a comedy luminary and the current s... [Read More]
Just For Laughs 2016: Awards and anecdotes
The 34th edition of the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal was nothing less than spectacular this year. From the incredible lineup to parties and from the beautiful city it resides in to the people that inhabit it. The festival is an oasis of comedy memories, meet-ups, breakthroughs, and di... [Read More]
Hear Andy Kindler’s 2016 State of the Industry Address
Last week marked the 20th anniversary of Andy Kindler’s State of the Industry address, a keynote speech at the annual Just for Laughs Montreal festival that skewers everything from late night to politics (and always, always Jay Leno). On Friday, a few hundred of the comedy industry’s top... [Read More]
Inside the Live ‘Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle’ at Just For Laughs in Montreal
When Dana White became President of the UFC in 2001, he turned what was once a chaotic, near criminal human cock-fighting consortium into a legitimate sporting event. The rise in popularity of the UFC has mirrored the explosion of the celebrity roast in America, with Jeff Ross fulfilling White&rsquo... [Read More]
Mike Lawrence is the 2016 “Roast Battle” Champion
16 people entered, one man left and that man is Mike Lawrence. Lawrence is the 2016 Roast Battle Champion. He was crowned Sunday evening after a live telecast on Comedy Central and 4 night competition from Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival. Lawrence took down Sarah Tiana to take the title. I... [Read More]
Andy Kindler’s 2016 State of the Industry at Just For Laughs Montreal
Two decades. 20 years. That's how long Andy Kindler has remained a fixture and a must-see stop during the final week of Montreal's Just For Laughs festival, just to see and hear what Kindler has to make of the comedy industry and show business via his annual State of the Industry address. Stand-up l... [Read More]