Friday, October 28, 2016

"Make America Kait Again": a conversation with New Orleans comedian Kaitlin Marone, who is kind of running for U.S. Senate

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 12:00 PM


"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."

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Adam Sandler, David Spade coming to UNO Lakefront Arena Dec. 8

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • Adam Sandler.
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. 

Tickets go on sale Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. 

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Y@ Speak: can we survive 11 more games?

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 5:17 PM

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.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Surprise: Hannibal Buress performs in New Orleans on Aug. 26

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 10:55 AM

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Comedian and actor Hannibal Buressno stranger to Louisiana — will perform a benefit show for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF) on Aug. 26 to benefit relief efforts in the wake of August's floods. Buress — of Broad City, 30 Rock and numerous film, stand-up specials and late-night appearances — is currently costarring in the fourth season of Adult Swim's Eric Andre Show as the host's bizarro Ed McMahon, and his 2016 stand-up special Comedy Camisado debuted on Netflix earlier this year, along with the documentary Hannibal Takes Edinburgh. He's in the middle of his Hannibal Montanabal tour winding through the U.S. this fall.

He'll perform 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at The Joy Theater. Tickets are $25, and all proceeds go to BRAF. The password for ticket presale is "BURESS," ending at 1 p.m. Aug. 25.

Buress has popped into several open mics and showcases around town, headlined spots at the Civic Theatre and opened for Dave Chappelle at the comic's anticipated return to the stage at the Saenger Theatre. Gambit talked to him before his first visit here, and he's since talked up his love for and fascination of the city in his stand-up — here's an animated version of his infamous second line story.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

John Cleese and Eric Idle to perform at the Saenger Theatre

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 12:50 PM

John Cleese and Eric Idle present Together Again At Last... For the Very First Time Dec. 3.
  • John Cleese and Eric Idle present Together Again At Last... For the Very First Time Dec. 3.

Monty Python founders and comedy icons John Cleese and Eric Idle are extending their acclaimed world tour this fall with a run of North American dates and a closing night in New Orleans in December.

The duo present John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again At Last…For The Very First Time, promising "scripted and improvised bits with storytelling, musical numbers, exclusive footage and aquatic juggling to create a unique comedic experience with every performance. No two shows will be quite the same, thus ensuring that every audience feels like they’re seeing Together Again At Last… For The Very First Time, for the very first time. And now you know why the show is called that, don’t you?"

The show is 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Tickets are $63.75-$103.75 and go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, July 29 at the Saenger box office (1111 Canal St.), via or by calling (800) 745-3000.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Second City Improv All-stars perform at Boomtown New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 5:16 PM

Charles Pettitt (far right) performs with The Second City Improv All-stars. - COURTESY THE SECOND CITY
  • Charles Pettitt (far right) performs with The Second City Improv All-stars.

After graduating from high school, Shreveport native Charles Pettitt thought pursuing a degree in chemical engineering at Georgia Tech was his destiny, but he settled on a less serious track.

“I took my first improv class in 2009 in Atlanta, when I was at Georgia Institute of Technology,” Pettitt says. “I took the class at the Whole World Improv Theatre. I got bit by the improv bug and I realized when I got offered an apprentice position in that theater that this art and way of life might be something for me. I immediately searched on the internet and found Second City. I booked a one-way ticket from Atlanta and saw my first Second City show in 2011 and I was blown away. It was so different from the things I’d seen at the Groundlings in L.A. and Upright Citizens Brigade theater in New York.”

Pettitt eventually joined The Second City, a mecca for sketch and improvisation comedy, which has helped develop comedic geniuses such as Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Stephen Colbert. Pettitt is part of The Second City Improv All-stars troupe, which performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Boomtown New Orleans.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Sarah Silverman to headline Hell Yes Fest with Saenger Theatre show Oct. 16

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 8:00 PM

Sarah Silverman will headline this year's Hell Yes Fest.
  • Sarah Silverman will headline this year's Hell Yes Fest.

This year's Hell Yes Fest comedy festival will include Sarah SilvermanNick Swardson, Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show With Trevor Noah), Clayton English and the stars of MTV's Girl Code, organizers announced tonight at the Joy Theater.

Silverman will perform standup at the Saenger Theatre Oct. 16 as the capper on the festival, which runs Oct. 7-16. Hundreds of acts from the worlds of standup comedy, sketch comedy and improv will be featured at various venues around the city, including the Saenger and Joy Theaters, NOLA Brewing Co., The New Movement, the Hi-Ho Lounge and the Art Garage. Tickets will be available at the festival's website.

This is the fifth annual Hell Yes Fest, which has outgrown his homemade origins and now presents a mix of nationally recognized acts in large theaters alongside local and regional comics in spaces along St. Claude Avenue. This year, NOLA Brewing Co.'s taproom on Tchoupitoulas Street becomes a major venue as well. 

Under the cut: some of the acts that were announced tonight. The festival promises more talent announcements in coming days and weeks.

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Amy Schumer to perform in New Orleans on New Year's Eve

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 10:18 AM

Comedian Amy Schumer returns to New Orleans to cap off her 2016 stand-up tour and the end of the year with a performance at the Smoothie King Center on Dec. 31, 2016.

Schumer — creator and star of the award-winning sketch series Inside Amy Schumer and the Judd Apatow-directed hit comedy Trainwreck — skillfully rips through sex and relationships, politics, social dogma and self-deprecation. She last performed in New Orleans at the Saenger Theatre in 2015.

Her book The Girl with The Lower Back Tattoo is due Aug. 16 via Simon & Schuster.

Presale tickets are open today, Friday, June 24 (use the code “amylive"). Tickets start at $46.50 and go on sale 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 28. .

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

James Carville discusses Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 2:20 PM


New Orleans-based political analyst James Carville appeared on last night's The Daily Show With Trevor Noah to discuss the presidential election. Wearing a gold fleur-de-lis pin on his lapel, Carville addressed Donald Trump's dominance in the Republican race, and the feeling among some that Trump is a juggernaut. "I think there's a sense he's getting away with this," Carville told Noah. "I don't think he is, and I don't think he will." 

Noah was more skeptical. "I don't share your optimism," he told Carville. 

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Bianca del Rio to play Mahalia Jackson Theater Nov. 4

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2016 at 12:48 PM

New Orleans' own Bianca del Rio — longtime entertainer and winner of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 6 — will bring her "Not Today, Satan" tour to the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts Nov. 4.

Del Rio (the creation of comic/costumer Roy Haylock) last appeared in New Orleans at House of Blues in a sold-out show in November 2014 (read Gambit's cover interview here). Her current tour began in Australia this month. An American leg starts in September and wraps with the New Orleans appearance in November. 

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