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Fear and Loathing in New Orleans 

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Is there a fortune to be made marketing Viagra to vampires? Perhaps, according to Fear and Loathing in New Orleans, a sketch comedy show on the boards at La Nuit Comedy Theater.

  "Vampire men are lousy lovers," a female vampire says to a friend she has transformed into one of the undead. "They have no blood. Think about it. No blood, no erection!"

  La Nuit occupies a comfortable, ramshackle storefront on Freret Street, and Fear and Loathing fits in well with its bohemian aura. The short, amusing pieces are performed by the actors/comedians who write them. La Nuit proprietor and artistic director Yvonne Landry is a cast member and director, and other participants are graduates of Bud Faust's sketch-writing class.

  There's nothing glitzy about the show. It's up to the breezy, spirited clowning of Landry, Cecile Monteyne, George Mauer, Nelson Gonzalez and Josh Anderson to win over the audience.

  The sketches vary considerably. For instance, one scene featured a deceived girlfriend shouting furious invectives at her cheating boyfriend. We soon realize, however, that we are not meant to be seeing the flesh-and-blood girlfriend, but a videotape she's made of herself and left for the boyfriend. Another skit featured a loudmouth Fox News reporter interviewing a soft-spoken but mulish guest from a conservative think tank. The show is ongoing and constantly evolving with new sketches working their way in to replace old ones.

  A recent evening featured a recurring sub-theme of afterlife with sketches involving vampires and zombies. Some of the skits' characters returned a second or third time. Fear and Loathing is not improv, although you get the sense the cast is not strict about sticking to a script, and the looseness is part of the fun. This is not great theater in the tradition of Sophocles, but Plautus or the Marx Brothers might have enjoyed it. — Dalt Wonk

Fear and Loathing in New Orleans

8:30 p.m. Friday; ongoing

La Nuit Comedy Theater, 5039 Freret St., 231-7011;

Tickets $10


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