Envoy is an easy to use task runner created by master artisan Taylor Otwell. It offers a simple blade-like syntax to create tasks. If you're not familiar with it, you can watch this free Laracasts-video. Chris Fidao recently showed, in his excellent Servers For Hackers newsletter, how you can create a light version of Capistrano with Envoy.
Up until a few hours ago a task could only run via ssh. But now that this pull request has been merged, you can also use envoy to locally run commands.