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Friday, November 6, 2015

VIDEO: Jon Batiste shows Stephen Colbert his New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 3:15 PM

Stephen Colbert and his bandleader, New Orleans' Jon Batiste, just hanging on Frenchmen Street. - YOUTUBE
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On last night's Late Show With Stephen Colbert, bandleader Jon Batiste told the story of how he was hired for the show — and it included the proviso that Colbert come to New Orleans, meet Batiste's parents and have red beans and rice with them.

In the segment, Colbert walks up Frenchmen Street and into the Blue Nile to meet up with Batiste ("Thanks for meeting me here at a bar. For breakfast"). Batiste points out the corner of Frenchmen and Chartres streets, where he used to play melodica, and explains how "hanging" differs from "waiting around" ("Hanging is waiting around, but with style and social purpose"). 

Batiste also teaches Colbert how to hang, which includes catching a wall outside the Praline Connection. But Colbert interrupts their hang when he hears an Entergy truck beep-beep-beeping as it backs up.

"That's beautiful," Colbert says. "Is that jazz?"

We didn't get to see Colbert meeting the Batiste family, but the two say there are more videos to come from New Orleans.

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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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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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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

Jack McBrayer as Andrew Jackson in Drunk History. - COMEDY CENTRAL
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  • Jack McBrayer as Andrew Jackson in Drunk History.

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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