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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"My Purse, My Choice" makes the Today show

Posted by on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Former Gambit listings editor (and creator of Y@SpeakLauren LaBorde is one of the most talented comedians in The New Movement, and she teamed up last weekend with fellow improviser Colleen Allerton to create "My Purse, My Choice," a very funny spoof PSA regarding the NFL's new bag policy. Since it went on YouTube about 48 hours ago, "My Purse, My Choice" has been written about all over the place, as well as shown on CNN, and this morning it was featured on the Today show during a segment on the bag ban. Check it out.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Comedy Central to air Sean Patton standup special

Posted by on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 2:31 PM

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After performing a string of local gigs this week, standup comic hometown hero Sean Patton makes his Comedy Central The Half Hour debut at 11:30 p.m. tonight.

Last year, for a story about New Orleans' growing comedy scene, Patton talked to Gambit about getting his start in comedy in New Orleans.

Patton first performed in October 2001, when he had his first gig at Amberjack's in Lakeview. "There were five comedians in the crowd, and two audience members," he said. He started performing at True Brew Coffeehouse in the Warehouse District, where he met fellow up-and-coming comics Neal Stastny, Seth Cockfield and Dane Faucheux. The comics also performed at monthly standup showcases at Carrollton Station. "Those were our rock star nights," he said. "We'd go and do our best material and perform your f—ing dick off."

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Big Freedia getting a reality show

Posted by on Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Long live the queen: bounce's intergalactic queen diva Big Freedia will star in her own reality TV series on the Fuse network this fall.

Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce explores the underground world of the New Orleans hip hop scene known as Bounce. The series focuses on local hero and outrageous personality Big Freedia and fellow artists Mr. Ghetto, Sissy Nobby and others as they struggle to take their music to the next level of success.

The series (slotted for an eight-episode order) premieres Wednesday, September 18. Fuse also picked up shows featuring the Insane Clown Posse and G-Fella, an Italian-American rapper.

In January, Pitchfork followed Freedia for a half-hour documentary about the performer's life in New Orleans, interior design, relationships, bounce artistry and violence:

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Gambit TV: Talking local media on Informed Sources

Posted by on Sat, May 4, 2013 at 10:59 AM


Gambit editor Kevin Allman appeared on last night's Informed Sources on WYES-TV to discuss this week's tumult and realignment in the local media world with The Times-Picayune and The Advocate. The panel included host Larry Lorenz, producer Errol Laborde, reporter Dawn Ostrom and WWL-TV investigative reporter David Hammer.

The show isn't embeddable, but you can watch here.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Revisiting the Mobile Leprechaun with Scott Walker

Posted by on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 5:38 PM

(Note: This first appeared on Blog of New Orleans in 2011. We're bringing it back for St. Patrick's Day. The video itself has gone from 17 to 22 million views in the meantime.)

Despite a career as a news anchor in several different cities, Scott Walker may always be known as a YouTube star. Well, one by association.

“I’ve probably been seen on YouTube by more people than in all the news casts I’ve ever anchored in my career,” Walker says.

The current WDSU anchor was working at Mobile, Ala.’s NBC affiliate WPMI-TV in 2006, and one night he just happened to be on the desk as the network aired a story that would become a YouTube sensation with, five years later, more than 17 million views. The story was of a leprechaun that residents say makes a yearly appearance in a tree in the Crichton part of Mobile. Crowds of people, wielding camera phones, binoculars and — in one guy’s case — a special flute, await the site of the elusive creature, who may or may not actually be a crackhead.

Walker says the reporter and photographer from the station who covered the story had no idea what they were getting into.

“Basically it was this crowd gathering outside Mobile in Crichton. People were gathering around, blocking traffic — it was kind of creating gridlock out there. So people called our newsroom and said ‘Something’s going on out here, police are here, there’s big crowds,’” he says. “The reporter and photographer went to check out the scene, and people were talking seeing a leprechaun in a tree, and it kinda snowballed from there.”

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Bobby Jindal on Meet the Press

Posted by on Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Gov. Bobby Jindal appeared with Mass Gov. Deval Patrick this morning on Meet the Press, discussing the sequester, the federal budget and taxes. Jindal also discussed what the GOP has to do to appeal to voters, talked about his support for "traditional marriage," and told President Barack Obama to "stop campaigning . . . . Roll up your sleeves and do the hard work of governing."

Takeaway quote: "Nobody in the Republican party should be thinking about running for president."

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Friday, February 15, 2013

CNN: Lack of communication aboard Carnival Triumph = Hurricane Katrina

Posted by on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM


Last night I saw a bloated vessel filled with crap dock in Mobile, Ala. — but enough about CNN. The story, of course, was the arrival of the Carnival cruise ship Triumph, which had an engine failure that stranded it in the Gulf of Mexico and turned it into the Good Ship Lollipoop for a few days.

But for CNN's Martin Savidge, the lack of communication aboard the ship was equivalent to the lack of communication on the ground in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures ...

SAVIDGE: blah blah blah Hurricane Katrina blah blah I assume it's something very similar.

PASSENGER: Yeah, but let's put that in perspective. I mean, Katrina was a major devastation. We're on a friggin' cruise ship, and we're just havin' a good time, so ... Two different things. Two different things.

CNN has mostly moved on to the Russian meteor story, but if you still want tales from the S.S. Hurricane Katrina, still offers "Video: 'Everyone will need psychological help'", "Parisa Safarzadeh shares her account of the hellish trip on the Carnival Triumph" and the popular "Passenger video: Sewage on walls."

UPDATE: It seems that one of the charter buses bringing passengers from Mobile to New Orleans broke down on I-10, and those on board had to wait nearly an hour for a replacement bus, which must have been like Superstorm Sandy.

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Inside Jackson Square with CBS

Posted by on Sat, Feb 2, 2013 at 9:00 PM

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Crowds swarmed Decatur Street on Saturday afternoon, gathering at the would-be entrance to Jackson Square — dubbed this week as "CBS Super Bowl Park at Jackson Square." The network has taken over most of the park with four stages for sports, news and talk shows as the network home to Super Bowl XLVII. Across the street past Washington Artillery Park, the network's assembly of trailers, equipment and newsrooms. Tourists snapped photos past security to catch a glimpse of the CBS sports desk. Hare Krishnas followed a faux second line of San Francisco 49ers fans. Others wandered with Hand Grenades or Mardi Gras beads, and the street deadlocked traffic with pedestrians.

But inside the gates, dozens of CBS crewmembers worked silently as stages broadcast just feet from Andrew Jackson's statue.

Two TV cameras focused on Scott Pelley, anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News, framing him against St. Louis Cathedral. His team on-set and plugged in from New York, where the show typically is broadcast, makes final adjustments down to the second before cameras roll. "There's a person in Los Angeles, probably a computer, ready to cut me off when it comes to that last second," Pelley says with a foot propped on a red steel utility box. Minutes later the show begins.

The headlines: a report from Mali, day five of the Alabama hostage, online hackers, and three stories from New Orleans — catching up with Russell Honore ("the man who faced down Katrina") inside the Superdome, a profile of Trombone Shorty by Michelle Miller, and a look at the Loyola streetcar line and economic boosts to the city ("they don't need a football game to tell them what they already know," reporter Jim Axelrod says).

"Beautiful piece," Pelley tells Axelrod. "Well written, nicely shot."

The broadcast wraps, and a "Krewe of CBS Sports" second-line emerges from Cafe du Monde outside the gates.

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Gambit TV: 3-Day Weekend A&E picks, Super Bowl edition

Posted by on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Gambit's Kevin Allman stopped by WWL-TV's New Orleans Tonight yesterday to talk with Sheba Turk and Tamica Lee about some of the big events leading up to the Super Bowl, while Noah Bonaparte Pais did the same thing today on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News.

While many of the big parties are either invite-only or sold out, there's a four-day festival in Woldenberg Park that starts tonight, with dozens of local bands, food booths and other fun — and admission is free. Alex Woodward breaks down the schedule here.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Gambit TV: The Super Bowl and Twitter

Posted by on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Last night on WWL-TV's 10 p.m. news, Scott Satchfield spoke to Gambit editor Kevin Allman about Mayor Mitch Landrieu's attempt to crowdsource the wisdom of the city's Twitter community for the benefit of Super Bowl visitors under the hashtag #BestofNOLA. (And speaking of Twitter: Satchfield is @Satchfield, while Kevin is @NOLAKevin.)

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