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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

Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords. - MATT GRACE
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  • Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords.

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

Whoopi Goldberg. - CREATIVE COMMONS/DANIEL LANGER
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  • Whoopi Goldberg.

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

David Cross performs at the Orpheum Theater on April 18. - COURTESY SUB POP
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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

Aziz Ansari as Gov. Bobby Jindal.
  • Aziz Ansari as Gov. Bobby Jindal.

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

Eddie Izzard. - AMANDA SEARLE
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  • Eddie Izzard.

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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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Judah Friedlander to perform two shows in New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Judah Friedlander performs at Tulane University on Nov. 4. - YOKO HARAOKA
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  • Judah Friedlander performs at Tulane University on Nov. 4.

Comedian, actor and "World Champion" Judah Friedlander stops in New Orleans for two stand-up shows in November during a book tour promoting his latest collection of comics and illustrations.

Among his dozens of sitcom, late-night TV and film appearances, Friedlander co-starred in the acclaimed Harvey Pekar biopic American Splendor and as the permanently hatted TGS with Tracy Jordan staffer Frank Rositano on 30 Rock and ex-husband punchline Ron Von Kleinenstein in Wet Hot American Summer and its recent First Day at Camp series on Netflix.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Watch: Hannibal Buress works the line at Camellia Grill in unaired pilot

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Hannibal Buress adds a handful of pancake batter to a burger at Camellia Grill in an unaired pilot for Unemployable.
  • Hannibal Buress adds a handful of pancake batter to a burger at Camellia Grill in an unaired pilot for Unemployable.

Comedian Hannibal Buress starred on his late-night Comedy Central series Why? With Hannibal Buress this summer, but last year the stand-up comic and actor (Broad City, The Eric Andre Show) filmed a sort of reality TV pilot in Louisiana in which she tries out jobs he's completely unqualified to do — milking goats at a goat farm, telling fortunes in Jackson Square, and working the line, terribly, at Camellia Grill in the Riverbend. Buress shared Unemployable's unaired pilot, which intersperses his stand-up with his narrated attempts to work.

"I was excited about it so 2 days after we submitted, I announced that it was picked up for 10 episodes," he wrote on Tumblr. "It wasn’t picked up for 10 episodes but I felt like putting it out into the universe. That didn’t work out but television is made to be seen so here it is."

(Bonus: look for New Orleans comics Cassidy and Mickey Henehan as shocked-looking diners.)

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The Onion: "Bobby Jindal Lies To Parents About Winning GOP Nomination"

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 1:47 PM

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The satirical website The Onion has had a lot of fun with Gov. Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign — its Jindal candidate profile includes "facts" like "Career Accomplishments: Has for years dutifully served the people of a state he desperately wants to abandon" and "What Sets Him Apart: Brings diversity to bottom third of GOP candidate polls." 

Today's Jindal potshot: "Bobby Jindal Lies To Parents About Winning GOP Nomination."
“Now, I don’t officially become president until I win the general election, but I’m just one step away,” said the Louisiana governor on a phone call with his mother and father, cautioning them that while he wasn’t able to live in the White House just yet, he almost certainly would be soon, and they could visit him anytime they wanted.
 Earlier this year, The Onion offered up this Jindal scoop: "Bobby Jindal Not Sure He Willing To Put Family Through 2-Month Presidential Campaign."

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Y@ Speak: we have a very good basketball team

Posted By on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 at 1:17 PM

Dear The Football,

Ah, The Big Sport, my mistress, my muse, my hypertension-causing and blood pressure medicine-filling, identity-making thing that hates me. It's time for me to move on to something that won't make me a terrible person to be around or derail the work week when my team loses. I've packed away my punny T-shirts, my spiky-haired wig visor and cargo shorts filled with pizza rolls and good-luck charms (more pizza rolls). I found a new love. One that will set free the shackles of heart attacks every third down and will likely have a good shot at getting into the playoffs. Her name, is Basketball. One day, NOLA Football, you may lure me back with those luscious locks and that sandwich-loving, record-breaking mayor-king. Until then, po-boy jambalaya gumbo second line nawlins.

Yours truly,

... this week's Y@ Speak reflects on love letters, Hell Yes Fest, the New Orleans Saints, a drunk Gumby, and two New Orleans legends.

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