Month: October 2019

R.I.P. John Witherspoon (1942-2019)

Stand-up comedian and actor John Witherspoon, who started working comedy clubs in the 1970s and was still working the clubs into his 70s, and planned on reviving his role Willie Jones in another Friday movie, has died. Witherspoon was 77. His family announced the sad news overnight. “It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband & father John Witherspoon has passed away. He was a Legend in the entertainment industry, and a father figure to all who watched him over the years. We love you “POPS” always & forever.” Born John Weatherspoon on Jan....

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Episode #278: Matt Besser

Matt Besser is known as one of the co-founders of the Upright Citizens Brigade, which began as a sketch comedy group in Chicago, moved to New York City, got a TV series on Comedy Central, and opened up theaters and schools teaching improv and sketch comedy in both New York and Los Angeles. Besser also created and starred in a second Comedy Central series, the parody debate show, Crossballs, and over the years has performed as a guest star in sitcoms such as Fresh Off The Boat, Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, and Community. But Besser’s stand-up career predates...

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Kelly Bachman addresses Harvey Weinstein, the elephant in the room at Actor’s Hour

You’re invited to perform at a monthly live show in the part of the East Village formerly known as Alphabet City, and you’re excited not only because the show promises a chance for networking, but also a free videotape, which you really could use to show to club and TV bookers. But a #MeToo pariah is sitting in the audience. It’s Harvey Weinstein. Everyone can see him. What would you do? Kelly Bachman called an audible, and ad-libbed right from the get-go. “I’m feeling a little tense. Anybody else?” Bachman opened. “I’m a comic. And it’s our job to...

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Announcing TLB Records

The Laugh Button has corralled 800 Pound Gorilla Records and Robert Kelly’s RiotCast Podcast Network into launching a new, joint record label called TLB Records. They’ll debut formally next week with the release of Mike Feeney’s “Rage Against The Routine.” Feeney’s stand-up album, recorded at New York Comedy Club, will stream Nov. 1 on SiriusXM’s Raw Dog Comedy channel, then become available everywhere digitally on Nov. 5. You can preview the tracks “The Solution To Gun Control” & “Don’t Travel High” from Feeney’s RATR album at the links. The Laugh Button (TLB) will host an official Laugh Button Live event at The Stand Comedy...

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