Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Watch: Esquire's Best Bars in America does Bourbon Street

Posted By on Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 12:13 PM

New Orleans comic Sean Patton, right, co-hosts Best Bars in America with Jay Larson. - ESQUIRE
  • New Orleans comic Sean Patton, right, co-hosts Best Bars in America with Jay Larson.

Comedians Sean Patton and Jay Larson — co-hosts of Esquire's bar-hopping travel program Best Bars in America — stop in New Orleans for its latest episode airing this week. Hometown hero Patton escorts Larson to Bacchanal, Parasol's, the Mother-in-Law Lounge, Cane & Table, Broussard's, Erin Rose, Arnaud's French 75 and Snake & Jake's. In this Gambit exclusive clip, watch them tour Bourbon Street (with local comic Andrew Polk). "Bourbon Street done, mistakes relived, fun had," Patton declares, hand grenade in tow.

The full episode airs at 9 p.m. Wednesday on the Esquire Network. 

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong to appear at Tulane Aug. 27

Posted By on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 7:07 PM


Saturday Night Live performer Cecily Strong will appear at Tulane University's McAlister Auditorium Wed. Aug. 27 at 8 p.m. in a free show presented by Tulane University Campus Programming. 

Strong, who began on SNL in 2012, is a veteran of Second City and currently anchors SNL's Weekend Update segment. Her co-anchor, Colin Jost, performed in New Orleans in May at the Civic Theater (read Alex Woodward's interview with Jost here).

For more information, see the event's Facebook page.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Y@ Speak: You're so New Orleans

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM

But are you really? Did you buy a Groupon for bottle service? How "excited" are you about Phil Anselmo? And what did you tell the car boot company you wanted on your pizza? All that and more in this week's Y@ Speak.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Watch Best Bars in America visit Buffa's

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Jay Larson and Sean Patton host Best Bars in America. - ESQUIRE NETWORK
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  • Jay Larson and Sean Patton host Best Bars in America.

In its 10-episode run, Best Bars in America has comedians Sean Patton and Jay Larson on a nationwide tour checking off David Wondrich's “Best Bars in America” list from Esquire Magazine.

For its latest episode, premiering 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, Patton and Larson look for the best bar food. The show stops in New Orleans — Patton's hometown — at Buffa's. On the menu: boudin balls, a Reuben sandwich and red beans and rice. They also make stops at Port of Call and Hansen's Sno-Bliz.

Consider it a preview for the series' next episode (premiering 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13), which covers the best of New Orleans bars:

Jay and Sean visit New Orleans, Louisiana, the birthplace of both jazz and Sean Patton. From a cigar and cocktail bar, to a wine and cheese shop grown out of the post-Katrina recovery effort, to a jazz club where Sean gives Kermit Ruffins' trumpet a toot, the guys escape Bourbon St. to find a city united by food, music, and 24-hour liquor licenses.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Phil Anselmo and comedian Dave Hill star in Metal Grasshopper webseries

Posted By on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM

"Mr. Miyagi is Phil Anselmo, and the Karate Kid is Dave Hill, and it's not karate it's heavy metal": that's the premise for Metal Grasshopper, according to Supagroup's Chris Lee, who co-created the comedy web series that stars the metal star and comedian. Anselmo, Hill and Lee will preview the series at 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 at One Eyed Jacks. (Read Gambit's interview with Hill here, and Anselmo's 2014 interview with Gambit here.)

"You got a comedian and heavy metal rockstar: who's going to be the funny guy?" Less says. "Through Phil's force of personality, and he's just insanely funny, he's like, 'I'm going to do whatever I want.' We're like, 'Well, f—k it. We're not going to fight funny. He's great.'"

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tim and Eric with Dr. Steve Brule heading to the Civic Sept. 19

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 1:05 PM

After cramming the Howlin' Wolf last month for their over-the-top Pusswhip Banggang "Swamp Rock" tour, comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim return to New Orleans with Dr. Steve Brule (aka actor John C. Reilly as the hilariously inept star of his own public access show, Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule). The duo and the doctor perform at the Civic Theatre (510 O'Keefe St.) Sept. 19.

Reilly's "Brule's Rules" segments on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! spun off into the brilliant, VHS-quality Check It Out!, featuring Reilly as Brule exploring a topic in each episode (titles include "Food," "Space," and "Horse"). It recently wrapped its third six-episode season. You can watch clips from nearly every episode on the adult swim website. For this tour, Brule will host a similarly educational segment.

Tim and Eric — who also were behind the cult semi-animated series Tom Goes to the Mayor — will debut their live action series Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories later this year.

Tickets are $39.50 and go on sale Friday, July 18.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Watch the Rebirth Brass Band meet Triumph the Insult Comic Dog

Posted By on Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 8:50 AM

So the Rebirth Brass Band was in New York City recently and they met up with everyone's favorite vulgar hand-puppet, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to collaborate on the satirical song "Welcome to America," about how immigrants are ruining the U.S. It's hilarious.

The collaboration is part of a comedy album called 2776 featuring Will Forte, Ed Helms, Yo La Tengo, Aimee Mann, Andrew W.K., Ira Glass and others. If this song is any indication, it will be the must-have comedy album of the summer.

Happy Independence Day, everyone.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Daily Show talks "chicken boxing"

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM

The Daily Show's Al Madrigal talked to state Sen. Elbert Guillory about his efforts to legitimize "chicken boxing" in Louisiana.

"I'm not a fan of cockfighting," Guillory said, "but I love to go and watch some chicken boxing."

Madrigal also talked to state Sen. J.P. Morrell, who sponsored a bill (which Gov. Bobby Jindal signed into law) to strengthen the state's cockfighting ban. Guillory attempted to add an amendment that would exempt chicken boxing — and add licensing and regulation to the "sport" — from the bill. That amendment failed.

"These are premier athletes," Guillory said. Essentially Madrigal's only reply throughout is, "We're talking about 'chicken boxing,' right?"

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Ron White to perform at Mahalia Jackson Theater Sept. 6

Posted By on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Ron White.
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Comedian Ron White, a veteran of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, will be performing at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts Sept. 6. No word on when regular tickets will be available, but presale tickets will be available Wednesday morning for those who sign up at the Mahalia Jackson Theater website.

White visited New Orleans in 2009 and 2011, and talked to Gambit in 2009 about some of his recreational experiences in New Orleans

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Comedians Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal host a free show June 5

Posted By on Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Kurt Braunohler
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Kurt Braunohler is raising $50,000 to send 500 goats and 1,000 chickens to African families. "To raise the money, I'm going to do the dumbest thing I think I can do," he says in a YouTube video promoting his efforts. "I'm going to jet ski from Chicago to New Orleans. I don't even know if that's possible, but I'm going to do it."

He's been documenting his Mississippi River trip on Twitter, and Comedy Central is filming his adventure for a webseries. Braunohler will perform with Kristen Schaal (The Daily Show, 30 Rock) and New Orleans comic Cassidy Henehan at One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse St.) at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 5. (RSVP for the free show here.)

Braunohler's previous crowd-funding campaign (for $6,000) successfully funded a skywriting airplane to write "How Do I Land?" above Los Angeles. That image also appears on his acclaimed standup album of the same name.

"Let's get wet for goats!"

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