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Monday, October 5, 2015

Y@ Speak: crime stoppers

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 12:36 PM

Do you have a plan to fix the state budget, or a question for candidates "running" for "governor" (that's not related to weed or gay marriage)? Are you willing to massage some feet to stop this "crime wave"? New Orleans needs you in this week's Y@ Speak.

Also: the New Orleans Saints finally won a game and the weather is kind of "nice" — nobody's impressed but we'll take it. I'm wearing three layers.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

WATCH: Saturday Night Live takes another poke at Gov. Bobby Jindal

Posted By on Sun, Oct 4, 2015 at 3:37 PM

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Saturday Night Live's season premiere last night featured a commercial parody for Abilify, the drug used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia — but on SNL, it was used to cure the widespread delusion that one could be the next President of the United States. Comedians playing former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore testified how the drug snapped them back to reality.

But for Louisianans, the best joke may have been the kicker:

"So ask your doctor about Abilify today, Bobby Jindal."

It was the show's first swipe at the Louisiana governor since former cast member Nasim Pedrad portrayed him as a glowstick-toting, molly-rolling raver at the Coachella Music Festival.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Louisiana governor candidates spar at WDSU-TV debate

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 8:53 PM

At tonight's gubernatorial debate at WDSU-TV, six candidates discussed the issues (from left): The Rev. Jeremy Odom, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Cary Deaton.
  • At tonight's gubernatorial debate at WDSU-TV, six candidates discussed the issues (from left): The Rev. Jeremy Odom, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, state Rep. John Bel Edwards, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Cary Deaton.


Sen. David Vitter was the major target at a televised debate tonight featuring all four of the major gubernatorial candidates: Vitter, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, state Rep. John Bel Edwards and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne. Also on the dais were two minor candidates: Democrat Cary Deaton of Metairie and the Rev. Jeremy Odom of Natchitoches (no party).

The hourlong event, held at WDSU-TV and moderated by Scott Walker, was heavily focused on social issues — the first 8 minutes were spent on Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, another block of time spent on marijuana (medical and recreational), while the national Planned Parenthood controversy took up more time. The state’s budget crisis, including the shortfall in higher education funding, was barely touched upon, and the question of coastal restoration never came up, nor did Gov. Bobby Jindal's rejection of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Drunk History does New Orleans

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 4:15 PM

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Now in its third season, Comedy Central's Drunk History aired its "New Orleans" episode last night, giving us a gently warped version of some pivotal New Orleans events.

Drunk History veteran Allan McLeod narrates a history of Jean Lafitte and his involvement in the War of 1812, with an animated Jack McBrayer (30 Rock) as Andrew Jackson. Gloria Calderon Kellett tells us how Sam "The Banana Man" Zemurray (Silicon Valley's Thomas Middleditch) historically declared, upon tasting a banana, "I want everyone in the world to taste what’s in my mouth right now."

For the story of Louis Armstrong, from his childhood and famous arrest to his discovery by Joe Oliver (The Wire's Andre Royo, aka Bubbles), narrator Daryl Johnson drinks several Sazeracs, and child actor Miles Brown somehow, impressively, seems a natural bringing Johnson's very drunk lines to life. Watch clips from the episode below:


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Monday, September 14, 2015

Y@ Speak: Rivalries, Chapter 1,000

Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 12:20 PM

Twitter: A Place for Feuds. Last week we watched car dealerships vs. eyebrows, Bobby Jindal vs. Donald Trump, and the ongoing tragedy of the New Orleans Saints vs. itself. Plus: Drew Brees wrestles alligators, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's will-he-or-won't-he house arrest, and bilingual pets.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Drunk History will teach us about Louis Armstrong, pirates and bananas

Posted By on Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 10:45 AM

Justin Long as Arno Penzias and Jason Ritter as Robert Wilson from Drunk History's third season premiere, "New Jersey." - COMEDY CENTRAL
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  • Justin Long as Arno Penzias and Jason Ritter as Robert Wilson from Drunk History's third season premiere, "New Jersey."

Drunk History
's third season premieres tonight, featuring more comedians getting sauced on a couch with their A+ history reports reenacted by other comedians and actors. The first episode goes to New Jersey, and next week it'll go to Miami.

The show was in New Orleans earlier this year, and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, show creator Derek Waters says the New Orleans episode (airing Sept. 15) will explore Louis Armstrong, “where bananas came from,” and Jean Lafitte, who is played by Game Of Thrones actor (and your next Aquaman) Jason Momoa.

Recent Twitter user David Simon will also join the show — an episode Waters' says will cover "journalism" goes to Baltimore where Simon gets drunk and eats crabs.

Drunk History airs 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1 on Comedy Central.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Video: Morris Bart-obsessed toddler finally gets to meet his hero

Posted By on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 2:15 PM

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The best Louisiana story of the year was that of Grayson Dobra, the Prairieville 2-year-old who was so obsessed with New Orleans personal injury attorney Morris Bart and his commercials that his mother threw him a Morris Bart-themed birthday party (complete with a Morris Bart cake).

The story went viral and was picked up by The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Buzzfeed, the Today show and many other news outlets. But somehow in all the hoopla, Grayson never got to meet Bart.

That changed last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, when the talk show host arranged for Bart to surprise Grayson and his mother L'Erin. 

Despite the excitement, as of last report, area toddlers somehow are not clamoring for Michael Hingle and Chip Forstall parties.


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

@Midnight parodies Jindal's hidden camera video

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 11:15 AM

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Comedy Central's late-night Internet goof show @Midnight riffs on the day's viral videos and images with a panel of comedians. Last night, the show jumped on Jindal's hidden camera-style presidential announcement.

"Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal officially announced his candidacy to come in last for the GOP presidential nomination. ... He basically posted a 'secretly' recorded video of him breaking the news to his family," said host Chris Hardwick. "This is a a great message to send to the country: 'I have my immediate family under constant surveillance.'"

So @Midnight gave it a new look:


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Monday, June 15, 2015

Comedians Sasheer Zamata, Wyatt Cenac coming to Publiq House

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 9:37 AM

Sasheer Zamata is coming to Freret Street Publiq House July 26, and Wyatt Cenac will play the club Aug. 20.
  • Sasheer Zamata is coming to Freret Street Publiq House July 26, and Wyatt Cenac will play the club Aug. 20.

Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live) and Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart) will be bringing their comedy to Freret Street Publiq House this summer. Zamata will perform July 26, while Cenac will appear August 20.

Zamata, who performs with Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, joined the cast of Saturday Night Live as a featured player last year. Cenac, a former writer for King of the Hill and a writer/correspondent on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, has had stand-up specials on Comedy Central and Netflix.

The shows are presented by Huka Entertainment & Hell Yes Fest. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 19, and can be purchased from the event pages for both shows: Zamata and Cenac.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

NOCCA grad Jon Batiste is Stephen Colbert's bandleader

Posted By on Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 1:40 PM

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Jon Batiste will lead The Late Show band this fall when host Stephen Colbert will succeed David Letterman, who retired from the the late-night throne this spring along with his longtime music partner Paul Shaffer. The 28-year-old jazz musician from Kenner is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and the Julliard School. His outfit Stay Human released the acclaimed album Social Music in 2013.

Colbert made his announcement this afternoon in a video segment filmed at Blue Nile.

Batiste appeared on Colbert's Comedy Central show The Colbert Report last year and established a goofy rapport — watch below. The duo will make their CBS debut Sept. 8.


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