Friday, January 26, 2018

Civic Theatre adds second Tom Segura show

Posted By on Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Tom Segura performs Sept. 28-29. - COURTESY CIVIC THEATRE
  • Tom Segura performs Sept. 28-29.
Stand-up comedian Tom Segura's September show at the Civic Theatre sold out within hours of it being announced this week. Not too bad for a comic who dumped on all of Louisiana in his latest Netflix special, Disgraceful.

The Civic has added a second show. He's at the theater Sept. 28-29. Tickets are $34.50-$55.

In Disgraceful, Segura — a comedian who writes jokes, and who is joking when he tells them — jokes about hating everyone, leading up to his pitch for the U.S. to build a wall around Louisiana, then lobbing up a couple questionable Cajun accents. He told CONAN host Conan O'Brien last night that he has since received a ton of hate mail, and on Twitter, his announcement of a New Orleans show days after the release of the special had people asking whether he's sure he's even allowed entry.

One Acadiana outlet asked the perennial post-controversy question, "Did they go too far?"

"It was a joke?" Segura told O'Brien. "Do you understand the context? Our current administration wants to build a wall to keep people out of 'shithole' countries. I'm just saying, let's build a wall around a shithole state." (He also told Splitsider, for anyone who truly didn't understand, "It’s not real. I don’t really hate you. It’s just a form of exaggeration. When that doesn’t register you’re like, 'How does that not register?'")

O'Brien plugged his New Orleans show, laughing, "Well, we won't be seeing you again."

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Anthony Jeselnik coming to Civic Theatre June 28

Posted By on Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 5:33 PM


Comedian Anthony Jeselnik — Tulane alum and darkly funny standup comic — will bring his mordant observations to the Civic Theater Jun. 28. He last appeared here in a two-night stand at Harrah's New Orleans.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

The New Movement discontinues shows

Posted By on Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 6:38 PM

Chris Trew and Tami Nelson founded The New Movement. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Chris Trew and Tami Nelson founded The New Movement.

Marigny comedy club and school The New Movement is not presenting shows for an indefinite period following a contentious "town hall" meeting between owners, staff, students and performers regarding a company behavior manual revised to address concerns about sexual misconduct.

Owner and cofounder Tami Nelson told Gambit she doesn't know when performances will resume.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Comedy shows Jan. 18 and 20 benefit New Orleans Abortion Fund

Posted By on Thu, Jan 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Comedian Sean Patton performs at Night Church. - PHOTO BY JONGUNNAR GYLFASON
  • Comedian Sean Patton performs at Night Church.

Two comedy shows
next week benefit New Orleans Abortion Fund (NOAF), the organization which advocates for and helps defray the cost of abortion access for local women.

At Night Church, the weekly Thursday-night show at Sidney's Saloon, donations for NOAF are accepted to see a slate of local comedians including Mary-Devon Dupuy, Chris Lane, Addy Najera, Camille Roane and Kamari Stevens. Chicago guest comedians Gina Gephardt and Geoffrey Asmus also appear, and Paul Oswell and Benjamin Hoffman host. There's also, as usual, free ice cream.

Resistance Is Fertile: A Comedy Show and Dance Party takes place Jan. 20 at Poor Boys Bar. Chris Lane hosts comedians Roane, Ashleigh Branch, Saya, Moxie Rogue and TK Fairley, with a dance party after the show. The event is scheduled to follow this year's Women's March, which takes place earlier that afternoon.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Hannibal Buress performing New Year's Eve matinee show in New Orleans

Posted By on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 4:20 PM

Comedian Hannibal Buress will make another trip to New Orleans before the end of 2017, ringing in the New Year with a matinee performance at The Joy Theater on Dec. 31.

The comedian and devoted parade-throwing, rat-encountering New Orleans superfan recently starred in Spider-Man: Homecoming, HBO's Crashing, Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show and Comedy Central's Broad City, among many other scene-stealing appearances, including a recent viral video in which the comic is arrested by Miami police (he was out a few hours later).

Doors open at 2:45 p.m. and the show starts at 3:45 p.m. Producer Tony Trimm also is on the bill. Tickets are $30-$50 and available online.
Also performing on New Year's Eve is Amy Schumer, who headlines the Mahalia Jackson Theater at 8 p.m. New Orleans native Sean Patton also is in town that weekend, headlining Comedy F— Yeah at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 29 with James Goodreau, Mary-Devon Dupuy and Vincent Zambon at the Dragon's Den.

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New Orleans-inspired sketch comedy series Big Easy Live returns Dec. 16

Posted By on Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Bob Murrell as Mayor Mitch Landrieu in Big Easy Live. - PHOTO BY BRIANA AUGUSTUS
  • Bob Murrell as Mayor Mitch Landrieu in Big Easy Live.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu sings his version of “My Way” in the cold open, segueing into hammed-up filmed introductions with a booming Don Pardo-esque voiceover, and a monologue from a celebrity host. It’s a formula audiences have seen before, but in Big Easy Live’s hands, it’s both an homage to and satirical stab at Saturday Night Live, with an unabashedly provincial take on the late-night sketch comedy format.

The new quarterly live sketch comedy show returns for its final 2017 episode at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at Hi-Ho Lounge. Tickets are $10. Local actor and comedian Lynae LeBlanc is the host.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Comedian Kamari Stevens premieres rap-inspired "TED Talk meets house party"

Posted By on Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 4:00 PM

New Orleans comedian Kamari Stevens premieres The College Dropout Too Dec. 6. - COURTESY KAMARI STEVENS
  • New Orleans comedian Kamari Stevens premieres The College Dropout Too Dec. 6.

After briefly falling out of love with rap, Kamari Stevens thanks Migos for partially inspiring his latest show, an homage to his conflicted relationship with hip-hop but “sprinkled with a one-man show."

“Granted, they talk about a limited amount of things,” Stevens says. “But can you do it the best? And they can croon about selling drugs.”

The stand-up comic describes his show, The College Dropout Too: What Rap Taught Me, as a "TED Talk meets house party," a storytelling performance that’s as much an autobiographical showcase as a personal mixtape brought to life. Stevens premieres the show with music from Blk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Hi-Ho Lounge.

“Moving down here and seeing different types of shows, with musicians doing stuff that’s a little more imaginative, made me wanna do something that’s not a typical comedy show,” he says. “I’d go to all these local rap shows, get all these ideas of jokes … But trying to do a local rap reference, like that level of specificity … I just want to do a show where I can just talk about it.”

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Monday, December 4, 2017

John Cleese returns to New Orleans for Q&A, stories and Holy Grail screening

Posted By on Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 10:24 AM

Comedian John Cleese appears at the Saenger Theatre in 2018. - COURTESY JOHN CLEESE
  • Comedian John Cleese appears at the Saenger Theatre in 2018.

Comedy legend John Cleese returns to New Orleans in 2018 for a night of storytelling, conversation and an audience Q&A. Note: "absurd and/or ridiculous questions only, please." His appearance at the Saenger Theatre also includes a screening of Python's 1975 classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

The Monty Python collective cofounder returns to the Saenger following a 2016 appearance with fellow Python Eric Idle for their John Cleese & Eric Idle: Together Again At Last…For The Very First Time.

Cleese's show is 8 p.m. Friday, April 6. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8 via the Saenger Theatre box office (1111 Canal St.), (800) 745-3000 or online.
Location Details Saenger Theatre
Saenger Theatre
1111 Canal St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 287-0351

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Eagles announce New Orleans concert and Steve Martin adds show

Posted By on Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 12:43 PM

The Eagles come to Smoothie King Center June 20, 2018.
  • The Eagles come to Smoothie King Center June 20, 2018.

The Eagles extended the band's upcoming tour, adding a concert at Smoothie King Center show June 20, 2018.

The rockers spent much of the 1970s atop the charts behind releases including Hotel California. The band broke up in 1980 and members pursued solo careers, before various versions of the band reunited starting in 1994. Founding member Glenn Frey died in January 2015. Longtime members Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy Schmit are joined by Glen's son Deacon Frey and Vince Gill.

Tickets go on sale Dec. 8.

Steve Martin and Martin Short, along with Steve Martin's bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers, have added a matinee show to their visit. There are now shows scheduled at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 21, 2018 at Saenger Theatre.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

New Orleans' offbeat and not-so-traditional holiday events

Posted By on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 11:28 AM

Fleur de Tease presents its holiday show Dec. 2-3 at One Eyed Jacks.
  • Fleur de Tease presents its holiday show Dec. 2-3 at One Eyed Jacks.

The holiday season brings a full schedule of traditional events. There are multiple versions of the Nutcracker (by New Orleans Ballet Theatre, Delta Festival Ballet and the Moscow Ballet) and New Orleans Symphony Chorus' production of Handel's Messiah. A touring production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas is at Saenger Theatre.

There also are less traditional and offbeat holiday celebrations. Here are some of them.

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