Friday, April 20, 2018

Out now: the latest from Tank and the Bangas, Cha Wa, Walter 'Wolfman' Washington and more New Orleans artists

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 12:10 PM


Back to our irregularly scheduled look at recent local releases:

For Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21, Tank and the Bangas will release Live Vibes, the band's Verve debut (recorded at Gasa Gasa and pressed on yellow vinyl), a teaser for the band's full-length album due later this year.

NPR premiered
the album's "Smoke.Netflix.Chill," with Tarriona "Tank" Ball's elastic vocals leading a playful slow jams R&B take on the importance of consent, with guest appearances from DJ Rq Away and Alfred Banks.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Lewis Black to play Joy Theater Sept. 15

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 2:02 PM

  • Lewis Black.

The eternally — and justifiably — cranky comedian Lewis Black returns to New Orleans for a show at the Joy Theater Sept. 15 on his "The Joke's On Us" tour. Black, who gained fame for his segments on The Late Show With Jon Stewart, last appeared locally at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in 2014.

In a 2012 interview with Gambit, Black said, "I work from whatever makes me angry. A lot of what I see is political now. That's what makes me the maddest. I look and I can't believe these people are this age and still pulling this shit. It's like they never grew up."

Tickets go on sale April 20, and range from $35-$65. Members of his fan club, Frustrated Union of Cynical Kindreds Universal (you do the acronym) have access to early sales.
Location Details Joy Theater
Joy Theater
1200 Canal St.
French Quarter
New Orleans, LA
(504) 528-9569
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Comedy in New Orleans this week (April 16, 2018)

Posted By on Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 4:00 PM


Here's a look at this week's comedy calendar: improv and drag, two nights of Hart of the City auditions, an insult comedy competition, The Rip-off Show and a whole lot more standup, sketch and improv.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Q&A with Braun Strowman, WWE's Monster Among Men

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 4:21 PM

Braun Strowman, the Monster among Men
  • Braun Strowman, the Monster among Men
Everybody loves Braun. Since he began his singles career as an unstoppable wrecking machine, audiences have reacted with overwhelming enthusiasm even when Braun Strowman was demolishing another fan-favorite wrestler.

Inside the ring, Braun has shown unusual speed and versatility for someone of his size. The 6'8" superheavweight is uncannily agile, a behemoth capable of keeping up with far smaller, faster-paced opponents.... until he gets his hands on them, at which point the match is usually as good as over. The only question then is how many running powerslams Braun will deliver while the crowd chants "One more time!"

Outside the ring, Braun has beaten up the cars his opponents were trying to escape in, toppled ambulances, yanked down scaffolding, and survived comic-book extremes of mayhem (e.g. being crushed in a garbage compactor) no mere mortal could hope to.

At WrestleMania 34, he'll be challenging The Bar, Sheamus and Cesaro, for the RAW Tag Team Championships. Braun doesn't need a tag-team partner, and doesn't want one, but the General Manager has told him he must have a partner to compete. Who will it be? This morning, I caught the big man outside Stumptown Coffee to try and get some answers.

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Comedy in New Orleans this week (April 2, 2018)

Posted By on Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 12:10 PM


Here's this week's rundown of standup, open-mics, sketch and variety shows, from emergency contraception fundraisers to drunk storytelling.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Comedy in New Orleans this week (March 26, 2018)

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2018 at 11:30 AM


Here's this week's rundown of open mics, standup showcases, variety shows, improv and more.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Comedy in New Orleans this week (March 19, 2018)

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Geoffrey Gauchet hosts The Rip-Off Show, celebrating its third anniversary March 24. - PHOTO BY BRANDON SIMPSON
  • Geoffrey Gauchet hosts The Rip-Off Show, celebrating its third anniversary March 24.

Here's your newish weekly rundown of comedy events around town this week.

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Comedy in New Orleans this week (March 12, 2018)

Posted By on Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM


You know what a stock image of a microphone means: here's this week's rundown of standup, open mics and more comedy in New Orleans.

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Comedy in New Orleans this week (March 5, 2018)

Posted By on Mon, Mar 5, 2018 at 6:00 PM


We're trying out a test run of a weekly roundup of New Orleans comedy highlights — booked shows, traveling comics, podcast tapings, improv and sketch and where to catch an open mic or a dozen.

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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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