Friday, March 24, 2017

The Rip-Off Show celebrates two years as the only comedy game show in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Geoffrey Gauchet hosts the monthly comedy show The Rip-Off Show. - BRANDON SIMPSON
  • Geoffrey Gauchet hosts the monthly comedy show The Rip-Off Show.

Billed as New Orleans' only comedy game show, The Rip-Off Show — partially inspired by Comedy Central's rapid-fire pop culture goof-off @midnight — turns two whole years old when it returns Saturday, March 25.

Six months into performing comedy, Geoffrey Gauchet had an idea for a show of his own and pitched it to Hi-Ho Lounge. "They booked me every month off the bat which was scary — 'oh, I would have to follow through with this,'" he says. Since 2015, The Rip-Off Show has run in three states, five cities, two comedy festivals and monthly at Hi-Ho.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks March 24-26

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 10:01 AM

Music critic and tacoficionado Noah Bonaparte Pais makes a stop at WWL-TV to share weekend picks: another exciting series at the Music Box Village, a new documentary about house ball culture and more.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Comedy Central to film half-hour stand-up specials at the Civic Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 10:45 AM


Comedy Central will return to the Civic Theatre in April to host another round of comedians for the network's latest series of half-hour stand-up specials. And tickets are free.

Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents… (formerly The Half Hour) will film 14 episodes at the theater, with performances from Adam Cayton-Holland, Anthony Devito, Jo Firestone, Solomon Georgio, Casey James Salengo, Sam Jay, Josh Johnson, Joel Kim Booster, Lashonda Lester, Chris Redd, Yamaneika Saunders, Julio Torres, Shane Torres, and Jenny Zigrino. The series premieres in fall 2017.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Jim Gaffigan, Louie Anderson to perform in New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 11:20 AM


Comedians Louie Anderson and Jim Gaffigan will perform in New Orleans on the same night on different stages this spring. Anderson is at The Joy Theater and Gaffigan is at the Saenger Theatre on Friday, April 21. Tickets to both shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24.

Anderson recently was awarded a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance as Christine Baskets (mother of Chip and Dale, twins played by Zach Galifianakis) on the FX series Baskets. Its second season premiered last month.

Gaffigan's "Noble Ape" tour follows his latest hourlong stand-up special, Cinco, which debuted on Netflix last month.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

10 offbeat and anti-Valentine's Day events in New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 9:07 AM


Even the happily coupled can find much to dread about Valentine's Day. Between overcrowded restaurants, hurt feelings and the crushing weight of a society which values heteronormative romantic love as the be-all and end-all of human relationships, you may be tempted to chuck the fancy dinner out and hit the bars, with or without your sweetheart.

Need a destination? A short list of unconventional and anti-Valentine's Day events — including drag parties, cover band shows and more — is after the jump.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Hannibal Buress, Michael Che and Joe Mande bring Bleacher Report All-Star Comedy Jam to New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM

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As New Orleans kicks off 2017's NBA All-Star weekend, comedians Hannibal Buress, Michael Che and Joe Mande will host a basketball-inspired comedy show to benefit the Rock On Foundation and hosted by Bleacher Report.

Joining Buress (no stranger to the city) are Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" co-anchor Che and stand-up and writer (Parks & Recreation, The Good Place) Mande, with music from New Orleans Pelicans announcer Rob Nice.

Bleacher Report's All-Star Comedy Jam is 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 at The Howlin' Wolf. Tickets $40.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Louis C.K. returns to New Orleans Feb. 1-2, 2017

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 3:27 PM

Comedian Louis C.K. will headline two nights at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts, his first shows in New Orleans since his stellar streak of performances in the city in 2014. He performs 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 1-2.

C.K. dropped into local shows and picked up several New Orleans comics to open his shows at The Joy Theater in 2014 while in town shooting Trumbo. He also performed to a sold-out crowd at the Mahalia in 2011 on a tour that included his fourth stand-up special Live at the Beacon Theater.

The prolific comic also created the FX series Louie and 2016's self-released "sad Cheers" series Horace and Pete, among several projects he's written, produced or directed, including 2016's acclaimed Baskets and Better Things.

Tickets are $50-$65.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Comedy show Jan. 19 benefits New Orleans Abortion Fund

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 3:30 AM


As a presidential administration widely feared to be hostile to reproductive rights takes office, women's health care observers make note of a significant date: Jan. 22, the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion services. To mark the occasion, Paul Oswell's Thursday night comedy show Jan. 19 becomes "Night Church v. Roe v. Wade," a benefit for New Orleans Abortion Fund (NOAF).

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Bill Maher to perform at the Saenger Theatre March 18

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2017 at 10:17 AM

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Bill Maher, comedian and host of HBO's weekly political talk show Real Time, will perform Saturday, March 18 at the Saenger Theatre. Maher — whose controversial show and its Politically Incorrect predecessor skewered the right, religion and the media — has performed stand-up since the late '70s and released more than a dozen hour-long specials, including 2014's Emmy-nominated 2014’s Live from DC. In 2016, Maher live streamed his #WhinyLittleBitch, a set dedicated to Donald Trump.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20 via Ticketmaster, the Saenger box office (1111 Canal St.) or by calling (800) 745-3000.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

John Waters: Filthier and Dirtier coming to the Joy Theater March 18

Posted By on Tue, Dec 27, 2016 at 3:56 PM

John Waters.
  • John Waters.

Filmmaker/writer/artist John Waters, who last visited New Orleans in 2013 and 2015 (review), will make a return appearance March 18, 2017 at the Joy Theater with his new one-man show Filthier and Dirtier.

Waters was on the cover of Gambit in 2010 and spoke to us again in 2015, describing the time he lived in New Orleans and his love for the city's institutions, like Tennessee Williams, A Confederacy of Dunces, the "bus named Desire" and the Corner Pocket.

Tickets go on sale Jan. 5, 2017 at 11 a.m.

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