Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Jim Gaffigan postpones New Orleans show

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 9:05 AM

Comedian Jim Gaffigan was scheduled to bring his "Noble Ape" tour to New Orleans on Friday, April 21 at the Saenger Theatre. Due to a family emergency, he's moving that show to Friday, Nov. 3. (This week's show also was scheduled to run at the same time as Louie Anderson, who's performing across the street at the Joy Theater.)

Gaffigan's latest hour-long stand-up special is Cinco, now streaming on Netflix.
Location Details Saenger Theatre
Saenger Theatre
1111 Canal St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 287-0351

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Chris Gethard to perform at Tulane April 20

Posted By on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 10:45 AM

Chris Gethard in 2016. - LISA GANSKY
  • Chris Gethard in 2016.
Comedian and actor Chris Gethard performs a free show at Tulane University on Thursday, April 20.

Gethard — star of the public access-turned-cult-cable-hit The Chris Gethard Show — brings his acclaimed off-Broadway one-man show Career Suicide to HBO on May 6, produced by Judd Apatow. He also starred in Mike Birbiglia's 2016 film Don't Think Twice and as Ilana's pathetic boss Todd on Broad City, among other TV and film appearances. Gethard also hosts the popular Earwolf podcast Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People, during which he invites a caller to spend an hour on the phone to pretty much talk about whatever.

Comedian Emily Hellerwho filmed her Comedy Central half-hour special at the Civic Theatre in 2016 — will open.

The show is at 8 p.m. inside Tulane's Lavin-Bernick Center Kendall Cram Lecture Hall. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. for Tulane staff and students and 7:30 p.m. for the non-Tulanian public.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Variety show and film screening April 14 highlight trans rights

Posted By on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 10:01 AM

A performer at last year's "Freaks of a Feather" show. - COURTESY TSSHAG
  • A performer at last year's "Freaks of a Feather" show.

Two events in New Orleans April 14 spotlight transgender rights, an increasingly high-profile issue in the city and nationwide.

Tulane Society for Sexuality, Health and Gender hosts a variety show at Cafe Istanbul to benefit BreakOUT!, the advocacy group for LGBTQ youth of color. "Freaks of a Feather" offers drag, burlesque, comedy and cabaret acts; admission is based on a sliding scale but participants are encouraged to donate generously. The show begins at 7 p.m.

At 9:15 p.m., BreakOUT! sponsors a screening of Free CeCe!, a documentary about transgender prison-reform activist CeCe McDonald. McDonald and director Jacqueline Gares also attend the screening at the Broad Theater in association with PATOIS: New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival. Tickets are $8-$10.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Here's how comedian Chris Trew is feeling after 36 hours at the Baby Cakes stadium

Posted By on Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 11:34 AM

  • Chris Trew.

Supposedly, New Orleans doesn't care about baseball. But you wouldn't have guessed that last November, when the local minor-league team (nee Zephyrs) temporarily blew up the internet with their choice of "New Orleans Baby Cakes" as the franchise's new name.

Local comedian (and occasional Gambit contributor) Chris Trew was unfazed. Despite (because of?) their polarizing moniker, he's still into the team; so much so that he asked if he could sleep at their Airline Drive stadium for five nights during the team's inaugural home stand against the Memphis Redbirds. To his tremendous surprise, they said yes.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dave Hill's "Black Metal Dialogues" comes to One Eyed Jacks

Posted By on Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Dave HIll and Phil Costello as their corpse-painted personas in The Black Metal Dialogues. - COURTESY DAVE HILL
  • Dave HIll and Phil Costello as their corpse-painted personas in The Black Metal Dialogues.

“I keep saying it’s the Vagina Monologues of black metal,” says comedian Dave Hill, who has never actually seen the Vagina Monologues. “I just choose to believe it’s similar.”

Hill’s legendary, pre-viral internet email exchange with a very real, very earnest Norwegian black metal musician in 2004 begins with Hill’s cold call as “Lance, aka the king of black metal":
“hey mysticum guys,
i got your e-mail off the internet. i was surprised someone in a black metal band would use e-mail but whatever i guess we can't expect you guys to live in caves all the time (if you were serious about black metal you would though).”
Hill’s email — from — continues with a passive aggressive jab at Mysticum not being extreme enough. Mathias took the bait. His reply begins “Hi!”

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Friday, March 24, 2017

The Rip-Off Show celebrates two years as the only comedy game show in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Geoffrey Gauchet hosts the monthly comedy show The Rip-Off Show. - BRANDON SIMPSON
  • Geoffrey Gauchet hosts the monthly comedy show The Rip-Off Show.

Billed as New Orleans' only comedy game show, The Rip-Off Show — partially inspired by Comedy Central's rapid-fire pop culture goof-off @midnight — turns two whole years old when it returns Saturday, March 25.

Six months into performing comedy, Geoffrey Gauchet had an idea for a show of his own and pitched it to Hi-Ho Lounge. "They booked me every month off the bat which was scary — 'oh, I would have to follow through with this,'" he says. Since 2015, The Rip-Off Show has run in three states, five cities, two comedy festivals and monthly at Hi-Ho.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gambit TV: Entertainment picks March 24-26

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 10:01 AM

Music critic and tacoficionado Noah Bonaparte Pais makes a stop at WWL-TV to share weekend picks: another exciting series at the Music Box Village, a new documentary about house ball culture and more.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Comedy Central to film half-hour stand-up specials at the Civic Theatre

Posted By on Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 10:45 AM


Comedy Central will return to the Civic Theatre in April to host another round of comedians for the network's latest series of half-hour stand-up specials. And tickets are free.

Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents… (formerly The Half Hour) will film 14 episodes at the theater, with performances from Adam Cayton-Holland, Anthony Devito, Jo Firestone, Solomon Georgio, Casey James Salengo, Sam Jay, Josh Johnson, Joel Kim Booster, Lashonda Lester, Chris Redd, Yamaneika Saunders, Julio Torres, Shane Torres, and Jenny Zigrino. The series premieres in fall 2017.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Jim Gaffigan, Louie Anderson to perform in New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 11:20 AM


Comedians Louie Anderson and Jim Gaffigan will perform in New Orleans on the same night on different stages this spring. Anderson is at The Joy Theater and Gaffigan is at the Saenger Theatre on Friday, April 21. Tickets to both shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24.

Anderson recently was awarded a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance as Christine Baskets (mother of Chip and Dale, twins played by Zach Galifianakis) on the FX series Baskets. Its second season premiered last month.

Gaffigan's "Noble Ape" tour follows his latest hourlong stand-up special, Cinco, which debuted on Netflix last month.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

10 offbeat and anti-Valentine's Day events in New Orleans

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 9:07 AM


Even the happily coupled can find much to dread about Valentine's Day. Between overcrowded restaurants, hurt feelings and the crushing weight of a society which values heteronormative romantic love as the be-all and end-all of human relationships, you may be tempted to chuck the fancy dinner out and hit the bars, with or without your sweetheart.

Need a destination? A short list of unconventional and anti-Valentine's Day events — including drag parties, cover band shows and more — is after the jump.

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