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Preview: The Goodnight Show With John Calhoun 

Michael Patrick Welch on New Orleans' live-action variety talk show

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It doesn't have the exposure of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno or The Late Show with David Letterman, but The Goodnight Show with John Calhoun may be the only local evening variety talk show with a live audience, and some clips from the show are posted on YouTube. This week's guests include Dwight Henry, star of Beasts of The Southern Wild and singer Meschiya Lake. Calhoun created the series and serves as the comic host. "I want to bring attention to those who are doing important work in our community," says Calhoun, whose previous work includes the Hot Rod Princess act, which featured him in crown and gown, rollerskating while taking bites from apples he juggled. In The Goodnight Show, he delivers an opening monologue and sometimes a comic sketch. Benjamin Arthur Ellis of rock band The Way is the announcer, and drummer Steve Walkup leads the Goodnight Show Orchestra. There are live commercials for sponsors like Doerr Furniture, which donated the show's desk and interview couch. An ongoing live ad for Gerkin's Bike Shop follows an older woman's attempt to seduce a young bike mechanic. Past Goodnight Show guests have included slow food advocate Poppy Tooker, mobile vegetable vendor Mr. Okra and Treme theme-song maestro John Boutte. Other guests this Wednesday include Johanna Gilligan of the four-acre Grow Dat Youth Farm and comedian Leon Blanda, host of the House of Blues' Allstar Comedy Review. Admission $10. — MICHAEL PATRICK WELCH

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