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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Hannibal Buress to perform surprise show at Maple Leaf tonight

Posted By on Tue, Apr 5, 2016 at 1:08 PM

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(UPDATE: The show has sold out.)

Comedian Hannibal Buress, a frequent visitor to New Orleans, will perform a surprise set tonight at Maple Leaf Bar at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25

In past visits to town, Buress has cooked at Camellia Grill (as part of a TV pilot) and worked as a sideline reporter for the New Orleans Pelicans. He's also performed several sets at the Civic Theatre and opened for Dave Chappelle at the Saenger Theatre. In 2012, Buress spoke to Gambit's Alex Woodward in advance of his first visit to New Orleans:
I'm only coming because — no dis to New Orleans, I hear it's a great city — but my cousin is having a bachelor party from (June) 7th through the 9th, and I'm throwing it. So basically I took these shows to pay for the bachelor party, and to be in New Orleans. I can't just go to a city and not work. I said I'd get there a day early and make some money for these strippers.
Buress subsequently hired a band and made a parade, which he jokes about below ("For $300 you can have your own parade on a day's notice ... New Orleans Police has a parades department. There's narcotics, there's homicides, there's parades.").
The Maple Leaf says it will clear the house after Buress' set in preparation for the regular Tuesday night throwdown by the Rebirth Brass Band.

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