Comedians in 20 American cities plan to salute President-elect Donald Trump during his inauguration weekend with "What a Joke Fest," a series of performances to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union.
Comedian Amy Schumer, who was scheduled to perform at Smoothie King Center on Dec. 31, will now be performing at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for Performing Arts instead.
The Smoothie King Center can accommodate more than 17,000 people; the Mahalia seats fewer than 2,300. Schumer's last appearance in New Orleans was in May 2015 at the Saenger Theater, which seats approximately 2,600 people.
Saturday Night Live's Sasheer Zamata will tape a stand-up special in New Orleans at the Civic Theatre this month. Zamata performs at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec 20. The special, her first, will air on the comedy-geared streaming service Seeso.
Zamata joined the cast of SNL as a featured player in 2014 and became a repertory player in 2015. She performed at the Publiq House in 2015 with a set covering race, relationships and her upbringing and Star Trek-obsessed parents. "I overheard people in my classes saying they wanted to try standup but it scared them," she told Gambit. "So then I was like, 'I like doing scary things.' I went to some open mics and didn't tell anyone. I didn't die. It wasn't awful. Then I caught the bug and kept wanting to get up there."
Update: Ticket sales have been postponed to Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Another update: The comics announced a second and third show on Thursday, Feb. 16 and Friday, Feb. 17.
Final update, apparently: They added a fourth show. They'll close out the New Orleans run on Saturday, Feb. 18.
Comedians Dave Chappelle and Chris Tucker willheadline the Saenger Theatre in 2017. The stand-up comics perform four nights at the theater from Wednesday, Feb. 15 through Saturday, Feb. 18.
Chappelle made his Saturday Night Live debut on the series' first episode following the 2016 presidential election, opening with a stellar, cathartic 10-minute monologue, revisiting some of his characters from his groundbreaking Comedy Central sketch series Chappelle's Show, and reintroducing himself to a massive audience with an acclaimed, versatile performance. Chappelle also recently signed with Netflix to release three stand-up comedy specials through the streaming service in 2017.
Chappelle had been largely on hiatus for a decade until 2014. That year, he performed two shows at the Saenger following a sort of last-minute announcement amid his "return" tour, which included 10 shows at Radio City Music Hall. He paced the stage, smoked, hilariously blasted people in the crowd for shooting video on their phones, and delivered a relaxed, brilliant, devastatingly funny set spanning politics, ISIS, sex, racism and police violence, admitting he had been assaulted by police in New Orleans early in his career. It was his first show in New Orleans in more than a decade; his 2004 show at the UNO Lakefront Arena landed before his departure from Chappelle's Show.
Tucker, meanwhile, was off the stand-up circuit for several years, but he made his return to his high-energy comedy and screen stardom in 2011, appearing in the Academy Award-nominated Silver Linings Playbook in 2012, his first role following the Rush Hour franchise and hit films like The Fifth Element and Friday. Tickets are $59.75-$99.75.
Rock's 2017 tour marks his first standup comedy tour in nine years; Netflix recently announced plans to release two stand-up specials, his first since 2008's Kill The Messenger. The first special will tape during the 2017 tour."I haven't done it in awhile. Been a little busy," he said. "You know, writing Pootie Tang 3 and everything... But hey, it's time."
Lampanelli was nominated for a Grammy Award last year for Best Comedy Album, and has previously been a regular on Comedy Central's yearly roasts of the famous and infamous. She also was a contestant on the pseudo-reality show The Celebrity Apprentice, which was hosted at the time by the president-elect of the United States.
In her portion of the show, which is based on her web series Screw You Cancer, Brodnick tells funny stories about getting a preventative double mastectomy after genetic testing revealed her unusually high breast cancer risk.
As "Sick Girl," East portrays a series of "Coney Island-style freak show" characters to share her experiences recovering from illnesses, injuries and a melanoma on her buttocks.
The comedians perform at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20.
"I thought about calling one of my platform points 'art school for everybody,'" says Kaitlin Marone, after thoroughly dissecting gender equality and police brutality and mulling over the idea of melting down all the guns. "The whole idea was going to be that everyone deserves to get a frivolous degree, and we should actually fund the arts, and art criticism, and research, and we should be into that. What's the point of being a group of beings on the Earth if we're not going to try new things?"
So that's what she did. In the grand New Orleans tradition of "protest" candidates led by comedians, Marone, party of none, is running for office for the very first time by entering a U.S. Senate race that has attracted two dozen people vying for the seat of outgoing Sen. David Vitter. Microwaved white supremacist David Duke unfortunately attracted enough attention to get into a debate let alone the actual ballot. Marone only sort of jokingly says she hopes to at least beat him.
She performs every Wednesday with the improv troupe Dean's List and co-hosts the Saturday stand-up comedy showcase Go Ahead, both at The New Movement. Dean's List will host her election night party.
Gambit: Why did you decide to do this?
Marone: I'd been making a lot of jokes about running for president. People kept saying to me, "I would vote for you." I was having a conversation with somebody about what to do about police brutality — and we were very drunk — and we decided the only path was to get into government. That was it. That was what we could do. I decided to look into what the upcoming races were. I guess I knew David Vitter was [leaving], but it didn't occur to me we would have to elect someone new, which of course we have to do. Then I thought, "If I don't know this election is happening, and it's for the [U.S.] Senate, then I bet a lot of people don't, and a lot of people aren't going to."
Former Saturday Night Live stars Adam Sandler and David Spade are bringing their comedy to UNO Lakefront Arena Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in a show called the "Here Comes the Funny Tour." Also on the tour are Rob Schneider and Nick Swardson (the latter of whom plays two shows at the Joy Theater Friday night as part of Hell Yes Fest).
The two teamed earlier this year for "Netflix Presents The Do-Over Comedy Tour," designed to promote the second of four films Sandler is making for the streaming service.
New Orleans survived another collective cardiac arrest brought on by our unrealistic expectations for success in sports crashing into a wall of reality. On to the next one. Also this week: comedians desecrate the city and false clown reports.