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]
 
Watch Dratch & Fey’s 1999 sketch show
Sometimes it takes 15 years to rediscover the origins of something you loved. Over the weekend, we all finally enjoyed the opportunity to turn back the hands of time and jump into the YouTube machine to 1999, when fresh-faced young sketch/improv comedians Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey were about to hit... [Read More]
 
Yee-haw! Come On Down to Splitsider's Dog & Pony Show This Coming Monday, July 21!
by Halle Kiefer What better way to distract yourself from the seemingly unending horrors of the modern day world than with an hour of pure hilarity called Splitsider's Dog & Pony Show? Join your hosts me and Joe Stanton at UCBeast on Monday July 21 at 8:00pm to see such killer comedians as ... [Read More]
 
Liza Dye recovering at home back in South Carolina, five months after being hit by a NYC subway train
The Fourth of July is one of those holiday weekends you may spend close to friends and family, and that's where The State newspaper found comedian Liza Dye, slowly but surely recovering in Spartanburg, S.C., almost five months after she fell in the path of an oncoming NYC subway train. Friends ... [Read More]
 
Let Thomas Middleditch Walk You Through His Del Close Marathon
by Bradford Evans Vulture had improviser and Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch keep a journal of his comings and goings during the UCB Theatre NYC's 72-hour improv festival, The Del Close Marathon, last weekend, and it's definitely worth the read if you want to hear about and Improvised Sh... [Read More]
 
Who is Ari Voukydis? Final Jeopardy answer winner for the ages
There's a classic episode of Cheers in which U.S. Postal Service employee Cliff Clavin finally finds the opportunity to make the most of his trivial knowledge as a contestant on Jeopardy!, only to blow it all up by giving what he feels is a correct question to a vague answer clue. Remember to give y... [Read More]
 
Best Final Jeopardy answer comes from Ari Voukydis, UCB improv teacher (Video)
One comedian and Upright Citizens Brigade improviser gave possibly the best incorrect final answer in the history of Jeopardy! (and that includes those “Sean Connery” answers on Saturday Night Live). Ari Voukydis, an improv teacher, didn’t have a clue as to the answer on last night... [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]
 
The Only Public Screening of the 'Chris Gethard Show' Pilot Will Be for the Winners of a 'Game of Thrones'-Style Tournament
by Bradford Evans In January, comedian Chris Gethard shot a pilot of his public access series The Chris Gethard Show for Comedy Central. The network recently passed on the show, but Gethard announced today there will be a one-time only public screening of the pilot, with a catch: you have to win an ... [Read More]
 
Italian Bred: The Laugh Button interview with Candice Guardino
Candice Guardino is a woman with many hats. Although we can’t find a picture of her wearing an actual hat, she’s still an actress, writer, singer, and comedian. A student of UCB and Second City, she’s also been trained in the areas of long and short-form improv. We recently spoke w... [Read More]