On Sunday 2nd October, one of Louisiana's favourite sons returns from his adopted NYC home to headline the HiHo Lounge. Sunday's NOLA Comedy Hour is usually an open mic, hosted by Duncan Pace, and though there will be a limited open mic section the show will be closed out by Patton and will also feature Bryan Cook. There's a $5 suggested donation on the door and the limited sign up starts at 7.30pm (for an 8pm show).
This Friday (Sept 30th), much loved NOLA comic Addy Najera records her new comedy album, Isn't This Fun, at the Mudlark Theatre. If you're unfortunate enough not to know Addy, we quizzed her on a few pressing matters on your behalf.
nocomedy.com: Among your comedic themes are awkwardness, animals and bodily functions. Do any of these figure prominently in the show?
Addy Najera: There will be cats at the bar. And I'm sure they'd follow you into the bathroom if you wanted.
The Mudlark is famous for being a puppet theatre. What’s your feeling about puppets? Could you sleep soundly with one in sitting in a chair the corner of your bedroom?
If you can't handle me at my puppets, you don't deserve me when I'm not surrounded by puppets. Please don't bring puppets to my home.
Your show description says you are a ‘veteran’ performer and yet you are also a ‘veterinarian’ performer. Kind of. Will there be lots of ‘vet’ wordplay like I just did?
There will be little to no word play. Also no laughing and no smiling.
What are the best and worst things about working in a vet’s office? Unrelated: what animal drugs would be the most enjoyable for humans to take?
The worst thing is talking to people about their animals.The best thing is shit talking about the owners with their animals. Most animal drugs are human drugs so you can guess which are the funnest.
The show also features Cyrus Cooper and Julie Mitchell - for people that don’t know them, please describe each of them in three words.
Cyrus Cooper: very cool dude. Julie Mitchell: good at everything
If people get to the show early, what calibre of person might they expect to be able to schmooze with in the bar?
Scumbags, with a few doctors.
Please rate how fun you promise the show will be, on a scale from cutting Donald Trump’s toenails to doing karaoke with Jennifer Lawrence.
My show is going to be "convince Hillary Duff to do movies again and she's so grateful she offers you a co-starting role" fun.
Addy Najera presents Isn't This Fun on Sept. 30th @ The Mudlark Public Theatre. Doors @7, show @8, $5.
More info and advance tickets: www.isntthisfun.com
This weekend, NOLA comic and producer Bob Murrell brings his one-man show, A History of Comedy, to the Valiant Theatre. Murrell's show previously debuted at last year's Faux/Real festival. Playing a dozen characters, from cavemen to modern day stand-ups, Murrell channels Carl Sagan to present a condensed version of the evolution of comedy.
From the show's programme:
Join Carl Sagan in this voyage across time and space to discover the origins of comedy and how the way we laugh has changed through time. We’ll explore comedy from the earliest man to the internet age in this hilarious one man show. ‘A History of Comedy’ is a parody of the 1980 television series ‘Cosmos’. As Sagan, Murrell will guide the audience from the beginning of man’s time on Earth to today. Along the way, the audience will learn about the origins of humor and see how cavemen used to joke. We’ll see how comedy originated in antiquity, grew in literature, and matured in theater. We’ll get to see the progression of staged comedy from Shakespeare to Vaudeville to standup comedy to being filmed. Eventually, we’ll see the evolution of improv comedy, and finishing up with the effects the internet had on comedy. Throughout our journey, live comedy acts will showcase some of these periods of time.
Performances: September 29 - October 1, The Valiant Theatre (6621 St. Claude Ave). All performances are at 8pm. $15 General Admission (plus tax and fees).
Hey, remember when Disney broke the internet (in Louisiana) by posting a recipe for 'Healthy Gumbo'. BOY DID PEOPLE (IN LOUISIANA) NOT LIKE THAT. Luckily, heroic comic Geoffrey Gauchet was quick on the culinary trigger with a #nolastrong riposte to the rip-off repast. Gauchet presents a bunch of local comedy shows, and you should go and congratulate him on his stand against Big Cartoon.
It's rare to see a New Orleans comic drunkenly talking about themselves, but thankfully, local comedy production nuggets Massive Fraud have resolved the problem by interviewing one of the city's most beloved comedians, Isaac Kozell. (Subscribe to Massive Fraud's Youtube channel HERE. Isaac Kozell appears at mics around town and runs a bunch of great MONTHLY SHOWS)
See the entire, rum-fuelled debacle here:
Lee Camp will appear live at LaNuit Theater in New Orleans on Saturday September 10th. Lee is the head writer and host of the international TV show Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp on RT America. He's a former contributor to The Onion, former staff humor writer for the Huffington Post, and creator of the web series "Moment of Clarity". He's toured the country and the world with his fierce brand of standup comedy.
For more information and tickets, go HERE.
Tonight in NOLA sees the return of one of the region's favourite sons, as Mark Normand (Comedy Central, Conan, Inside Amy Schumer) takes to the stage at the Joy Theatre, supported by local comedy impresario Matt Owens. The show starts at 8pm, and more details and tickets can be found HERE.
Also tonight, the touring food-related comedy show Taste Test takes over Night Church at Sidney's Saloon. Comics on the bill include host Kevin Seefried (Brooklyn Comedy Festival) and Brittany Carney as well as locals Benjamin Hoffman and Laura Sanders. Show at 10pm, more details HERE.
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