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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

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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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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Second City touring company to play New Orleans June 29

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 3:42 PM

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The Second City is coming to New Orleans — OK, technically not the Second City Chicago mainstage cast, but the touring company ... and technically not New Orleans, but Harvey. But they're coming for what is promised to be "an irresistible hour of improvised comedy."

On Wed. June 29, Second City's Improv All-Stars rolls into Boomtown Casino's Boomers nightclub for one night only. The West Bank casino may not be a venue one associates with sharp improvised satire and the legacy of Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey, but where else are you going to get to see Second City without going to Chicago's Old Town?

Tickets are available here.


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Viceland's Flophouse spotlights New Orleans comics tonight

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 12:56 PM

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, the cable network that's like some Mike Judge parody of millennialbait TV — its lineup includes Weediquette and F*ck That's Delicious — tonight spotlights the New Orleans comedy scene on its show Flophouse

The episode, titled "Toxoplasmosis at Garbage Party," airs at 9:30 p.m. Here's a preview.


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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Hannibal Buress to perform surprise show at Maple Leaf tonight

Posted By on Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 1:08 PM

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(UPDATE: The show has sold out.)

Comedian Hannibal Buress, a frequent visitor to New Orleans, will perform a surprise set tonight at Maple Leaf Bar at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25

In past visits to town, Buress has cooked at Camellia Grill (as part of a TV pilot) and worked as a sideline reporter for the New Orleans Pelicans. He's also performed several sets at the Civic Theatre and opened for Dave Chappelle at the Saenger Theatre. In 2012, Buress spoke to Gambit's Alex Woodward in advance of his first visit to New Orleans:
I'm only coming because — no dis to New Orleans, I hear it's a great city — but my cousin is having a bachelor party from (June) 7th through the 9th, and I'm throwing it. So basically I took these shows to pay for the bachelor party, and to be in New Orleans. I can't just go to a city and not work. I said I'd get there a day early and make some money for these strippers.
Buress subsequently hired a band and made a parade, which he jokes about below ("For $300 you can have your own parade on a day's notice ... New Orleans Police has a parades department. There's narcotics, there's homicides, there's parades.").
The Maple Leaf says it will clear the house after Buress' set in preparation for the regular Tuesday night throwdown by the Rebirth Brass Band.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Flight of the Conchords to perform at the Saenger in July

Posted By on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 10:32 AM

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New Zealand comedy duo Flight of the Conchords returns to the U.S. for a summer tour with new material, stopping in New Orleans at the Saenger Theater on Monday, July 11. Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie's acclaimed music-and-comedy outfit spawned a cult-following HBO series, two studio albums and many TV and film appearances. 

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 4 via ticketmaster.com, (800) 745-3000 and the Saenger box office (1111 Canal St.).

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Whoopi Goldberg to play Saenger Theater June 25

Posted By on Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 12:25 PM

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Comedian and actor Whoopi Goldberg will play the Saenger Theater June 25, the theater announced this morning.

Goldberg won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Ghost and now co-hosts the talk show The View. Goldberg also is a past monarch of the Krewe of Orpheus. The Saenger engagement is described as "an evening of Whoopi’s unique observations on current events and a wide variety of topics on her mind."

Tickets go on sale Friday at the Saenger Theatre box office (1111 Canal St.) and at Ticketmaster, or call 800-745-3000. 

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

David Cross announces stand-up tour, performance at the Orpheum

Posted By on Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 3:50 PM

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  • David Cross performs at the Orpheum Theater on April 18.

Dashing any hopes of a Wyckyd Sceptre, Smoosh or Banes & Dunfrey tour in early 2016, comedian David Cross announced a four-month stand-up tour — his first in six years — that stops in New Orleans in April.

Cross recently premiered the Netflix series W/ Bob and David, a sort of Mr. Show reunion with series co-creator Bob Odenkirk. His return to stand-up also follows his acclaimed 2010 album Bigger and Blackerer, a fourth season of the cult comedy Arrested Development (as Dr. Tobias Fuhnke), and two seasons (with an upcoming third) of the IFC series The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, which he also wrote and created.

His Trump-y sounding "Making America Great Again" tour kicks off later this month. He performs Monday, April 18 at the Orpheum Theater. Tickets are $28-$45.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

WATCH: Aziz Ansari gets one last chance to do Gov. Bobby Jindal on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 2:23 PM

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Other than Gov. Bobby Jindal and his family, probably no one was as sorry to see him drop out of the presidential race as was comedian Aziz Ansari (Master of None), who wished Jindal would be around long enough for the comedian to impersonate the governor:

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Watch: Aziz Ansari as Bobby Jindal on The Tonight Show

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 9:45 AM

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Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari joked about wanting to play Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday Night Live last month: "Wish there was an Indian candidate I could play, but I'm polling higher than that ding dong." Ansari stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to debut his impression.

Ansari (appearing on the show to promote his new Netflix series Master of None) stepped into character for a brief interview during the monologue. He puckered his face with a forced smile and slightly dead eyes then streeeetched out those vowels to nail Jindal's cadence, particularly as he explains why photosynthesis isn't real. ("I'm the only candidate that doesn't believe in any science, period.")

"I'm used to appearing on C-SPAN at like 2 a.m. right before they start airing those NutriBullet infomercials, so this is crazy."

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Eddie Izzard to play Saenger Theater Dec. 9

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 10:48 AM

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Comedian Eddie Izzard's Force Majeure world tour will stop at New Orleans' Saenger Theater Dec. 9, the theater announced this morning.

Izzard, who has been on a worldwide tour since 2013 (and played all 50 states along the way) has won many awards for his standup comedy, his theatrical work and his TV performances in The Riches, Hannibal and United States of Tara. Onscreen, he's appeared in Ocean's Twelve, Ocean's Thirteen and Valkyrie. His Stripped tour stopped at Tulane University in 2008.

Tickets for Eddie Izzard go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30 the Saenger Theatre Box Office, ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.  

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