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Friday, November 17, 2017

Comedy Central returns to the Civic Theatre to film half-hour standup series

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 1:30 PM

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Comedy Central will film another season of its Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents... at the Civic Theatre next month, with comedians performing 30-minute sets to be aired next year.

The nine comics on this season's slot include The President Show's Emmy Blotnick, Jimmy Kimmel Live! writer Devin Field, Insecure's Langston Kerman and American Vandal's Ryan O'Flanagan, as well as Tim Dillon, Megan Gailey, Chris Garcia, Mike Lawrence and Sarah Tiana.

The comics will perform across four shows, and tickets for each show are free and available online. Ticket holders must be at least 18 years old to attend the shows. More details are available on the ticket website. Here's the lineup and schedule:
  • Ryan O'Flanagan and Langston Kerman perform 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8.
  • Megan Gailey and Devin Field perform 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8.
  • Chris Garcia, Emmy Blotnick and Tim Dillon perform 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.
  • Sarah Tiana and Mike Lawrence perform 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.

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Amy Schumer returns to New Orleans for New Year's Eve show

Posted By on Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 10:30 AM

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On New Year's Eve 2016, Amy Schumer headlined the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts before the ball dropped. She'll return to New Orleans for another round at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017.

The stand-up comic and actor created the Comedy Central sketch series Inside Amy Schumer and recently starred in Snatched and the war drama Thank You For Your Service, roles following 2015's hit Trainwreck. In 2016, she was the first-ever woman comic to sell out Madison Square Garden, and her 2015 HBO special Live at the Apollo was nominated for several Emmy Awards.

Tickets go on sale at noon Friday, Nov. 17 at the Saenger Theatre box office (1111 Canal St.), at (800) 745-3000, or at ticketmaster.com and livenation.com.
Location Details Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
1419 Basin St.
Treme
New Orleans, LA
(504) 525-1052
Recital Hall and Theater

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Joe Rogan coming to Mahalia Jackson Theater in March 2018

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 2:26 PM

Joe Rogan. - PHOTO BY JAMES LAW
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  • Joe Rogan.

Comedian/podcaster Joe Rogan will come to the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts March 15, 2018.

Rogan, who came to attention on the '90s sitcom Newsradio. now hosts a popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, and tours doing standup. His most recent special, Joe Rogan: Triggered, ran on Netflix last year.

Tickets for Rogan's performance go on sale Nov. 17 at Ticketmaster and at the Saenger Theater box office.
Location Details Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
1419 Basin St.
Treme
New Orleans, LA
(504) 525-1052
Recital Hall and Theater

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Bianca del Rio coming to Orpheum Theater in March 2018

Posted By on Mon, Nov 6, 2017 at 11:16 AM

Bianca del Rio.
  • Bianca del Rio.

New Orleans' homegrown insult comic Bianca del Rio returns to town March 3, 2018 for a show at the Orpheum Theater. It's just one stop on her "Blame it on Bianca del Rio" tour, which is covering five continents in a little less than a year.

Del Rio (the creation/alter ego of Roy Haylock) last appeared in New Orleans at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in 2016 on her "Not Today, Satan" tour. She first appeared on Gambit's cover in 2002 in a profile by David Lee Simmons, and then in 2014 after winning RuPaul's Drag Race.

Tickets are on sale now ($39-$123), and Ticketmaster says this is an all-ages show, which seems insane on the face of it if you've ever seen Bianca's act, but you never know about New Orleans kids, I suppose.
Location Details The Orpheum Theater
The Orpheum Theater
129 University Place
Central Business District
New Orleans, LA
(504) 274-4871
Theater

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Steve Martin and Martin Short coming to Saenger Theatre

Posted By on Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 1:18 PM

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  • Steve Martin.

Comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short promise “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Lives” at the Saenger Theatre in January.

The comics — prolific humorist, actor, stand-up comic and writer Steve Martin, whose bluegrass outfit Steep Canyon Rangers released The Long-Awaited Album (Rounder Records) last month, and actor, comedian and perennial scene-stealer Martin Short — are joined by the Steep Canyon Rangers and musician Jeff Babko at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20.
Location Details Saenger Theatre
Saenger Theatre
1111 Canal St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 287-0351

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Friday, October 13, 2017

WATCH: Sarah Silverman visits Trump supporters in Chalmette on I Love You, America

Posted By on Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 4:31 PM

On the premiere of her new Hulu talk show I Love You, America, Sarah Silverman visited the Standers family of Chalmette to have dinner and talk politics.
  • On the premiere of her new Hulu talk show I Love You, America, Sarah Silverman visited the Standers family of Chalmette to have dinner and talk politics.

Last night, on Sarah Silverman's new Hulu series I Love You, America, the famously liberal comedian tried something different in the late-night talk show field: she visited a family of Trump voters in Chalmette and had dinner with them.

The Standers are an extended family of crab fishermen — gun owners and conservatives who voted for change in the 2016 election. Their beliefs were varied; Brandi, the 26-year-old "matriarch," wasn't convinced that former President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, yet she was firmly in support of gay marriage and chided her father, who said LGBT people should have equal rights but stopped short of supporting the right to marry. Most of the Standers thought the Obama administration "gave away" too many things to the undeserving, yet several of them received insurance under the expansion of the Affordable Care Act. Silverman made her points known, but there was no serious arguing (and no changing of minds, either). Everyone involved seemed to enjoy the experience; they parted as friends.

It was a big change from the usual Stephen Colbert/John Oliver/Trevor Noah approach of ALL TRUMP IS BAD — and still not everyone liked it.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Deven Green, aka 'America's Best Christian,' coming to Cafe Istanbul Nov. 9-10

Posted By on Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 10:32 AM

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Comedian Deven Green is better known to many as Mrs. Betty Bowers, "America's Best Christian." On her YouTube channel, Bowers delves into what's actually in the Bible on a host of topics. One episode about traditional marriage explores many of the odder marital pretexts and arrangements found in the Bible. Green also is known for a parody of Melania Trump that went viral.

Green sings and plays ukulele, and she will perform (not as Bowers) in New Orleans for the first time when she joins Varla Jean Merman in a cabaret show at Cafe Istanbul Nov. 9-10. Merman, aka Jeffery Roberson, will perform songs from her latest show, Bad Heroine. The two will do some songs together.

Bible stories after the jump.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The New Movement theater to hold Houston benefit show Saturday night

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 5:30 PM


Chris Trew and Tami Nelson, founders of The New Movement. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
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  • Chris Trew and Tami Nelson, founders of The New Movement.

The New Movement (TNM) comedy theater will host a special version of its popular weekly "Megaphone Show" Saturday night to benefit the Houston Food Bank. Tickets are $15.

"The Megaphone Show" features members of TNM's house troupe improvising off real-life stories told by guest monologists, who have ranged from local notables to Clueless director Amy Heckerling, The Kids in the Hall's Kevin McDonald and comedian Harry Shearer. This weekend's monologists all will be Houston natives.

The show is at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are available online.

Other comedy shows will be accepting cash donations this week for the Houston Food Bank.
Location Details The New Movement
The New Movement
2706 St. Claude Ave.
Faubourg Marigny
New Orleans, LA
(504) 302-8264
Theater

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Issa Rae to speak at Dillard University lecture series

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 5:00 PM

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  • Issa Rae stars in HBO's Insecure.

Actor and writer Issa Rae — star and creator of HBO's Insecure — will speak at Dillard University next month as part of the university's Brain Food lecture series.

Rae will speak inside Georges Auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6. Admission is free.

Following the success of Rae's web series Awkward Black Girl, Rae worked with comedian Larry Wilmore to create Insecure, now in its second season on HBO. Her memoir The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl was released in 2015.

Dillard's 2017-2018 Brain Food series also will include national security analyst Malcolm Nance on Sept. 30.

Location Details Dillard University
Dillard University
2601 Gentilly Blvd.
Gentilly
New Orleans, LA
(504) 283-8822
University and Colleges and Universities

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Several comedy shows accept cash donations for Houston Food Bank this week

Posted By on Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Comedian Sean Murphy performs at Comedy Catastrophe, held Tuesdays at Lost Love Lounge. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
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  • Comedian Sean Murphy performs at Comedy Catastrophe, held Tuesdays at Lost Love Lounge.

Comedy shows throughout New Orleans this week will take donations (cash — don't bring your expired cream of mushroom cans) to benefit Houston Food Bank in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to send as many as 30,000 people to Texas shelters. Here's a calendar of participating shows you can hit up:

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