In the first of a hopeful series of three-day events, Local Uproar and It's Good Comedy are bringing LA-based comic Billy Wayne Davis to New Orleans. Davis, with Conan and Last Comic Standing among his credits, will play three intimate venues on consecutive days. The shows are all just $10 and take place at Sidney's Saloon (Thursday 21st @ 8.30pm), Maison Frenchmen (Friday 22nd @ 8.30pm) and The AllWays Lounge (Saturday 23rd @ 8pm). The shows are sponsored by New Orleans Ice Cream Company and American Cold Brew Cafe Bars and will lead into other name comedians being bought to New Orleans playing three days in lieu of playing a residency at a comedy club. For booking details, see the links on the HOME PAGE.
There's a glut of new comedy shows and returning favourites for this March for comedy in New Orleans.
This Thursday (March 15th) sees Chicago's VHS Comedy take to the stage at Sidney's Saloon. Comics will do sets and riff on weird and wonderfully obscure videos. It's hosted by Tom Wisdom and will feature Laura Sanders and Kamari Stevens among others. Show at 8.30pm, free with free ice cream Cafe Bars.
The third International House of Puncakes - the city's only live punning contest - returns to HiHo Lounge on Friday 16th, with 16 contestants lining up to win the pun crown. It's at 8pm, is free and features sets by Isaac Kozell, Lauren Malara and Benjamin Hoffman.
A new show - Exorcise - gives two comics time to do longer, 30 minute sets. Hosted by Isaac Kozell, this month sees Geneva Joy Hughes and Vincent Zambon stretch their legs (VooDoo Lounge, 24th march, 10pm, FREE).
All Jokes Aside is a new fortnightly show at Brieux Carre in the French Quarter. It's a showcase, it's free, and it's at 8.30pm. Hosted by Michael Hall and Eric Dreiblatt.
Amber Nelson is a Los Angeles (via NYC and Louisiana) comic, returning to her once-home state to perform a headlining set at the Dragon's Den on Friday June 9th. nocomedy.com caught up with her and asked her a few pertinent questions:
nocomedy: Hey Amber Nelson! Have you been to New Orleans before? If so, what was your experience, if not, what do you most look forward to regretting at a later date?
Amber Nelson: I have been to N.O. before. I'm from Franklinton, a little town a couple hours outside. New Orleans used to be insane...maybe because I was younger, or because we didn't have cell phone cameras to police each other yet, but I remember walking down Bourbon and watching people (make love) right on the vomit filled street.
noc: We recently took down four of our Confederate statues. Since you were raised in La for a while, I'm sure you might have some thoughts about what might go in their place?
AN: A swastika. Just kidding...New Orleans has so many talented artists, maybe a contest to see what should go up. The people should vote.
nc: Yeah, but the people gave us Trump and Boaty McBoatyFace; they'd probably go for Ted Nugent in four different poses. What about this, then: four statues that would most most enrage the Confederacy?
AN: OK, how about: a statue of a guy throwing away a half drunk Busch light, one misspelling Lynard Skinnard (Leonard skynard, under an actual statue of Lynard), a cowboy stepping into a Prius and the Yankees baseball team holding up the Satanic Bible.
noc: You recently moved to Los Angeles. What's been the biggest culture shock that's also hilarious even if you have never been to either city but know about them through television and movies?
AN: Hollywood is filled with beautiful people with ugly souls. A lot of people with perfectly toned abs who don't tip the bartender.
noc: I did a Hollywood Celebrity Tour last time I was in LA. Which famous person's tall hedge or service entrance would you most like to drive past in a hot bus?
AN: The Scientology houses are pretty interesting. They're all super gated and gorgeous. I just want to pull a high school prank and tp their yard.
noc: We've got Solange and the lead singer of Arcade Fire living in New Orleans. Whose neighbour would you rather be?
AN: Solange seems pretty cool. We could dance and have art parties. Honestly I picked her because I don't know much about Arcade Fire. They look like a Stevie Nicks cover band.
Amber Nelson headlines The Dragon's Den on Friday June 9th at 8.30pm. The show is presented by CFY and tickets are $15 via TICKETWEB.
The big weekend gig in town is Amy Schumer at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre, but the best value has got to be Friday night's show at Dragon's Den. The show features a trio of local comics made good, returning to town for the festive season. Story-teller extraordinaire Sean Patton heads the line-up, with Schumer's regular support act Mark Normand featuring. Also on the bill is Adam Cayton-Holland. Locals Vincent Zambon and Mary-Devon Dupuy provide hosting and support. Dragon's Den, 8pm doors/8.30pm show. $15.
Due to popular demand, comedian Hari Kondabolu has added an extra show to his New Orleans' date. The fast-rising Brooklyn comic sold out his December 18th show at the Hi-Ho Lounge a month in advance, so as well as the 8pm show, there will now also be a 10.30pm show at the same venue on the same day.
The NY Times has called Kondabolu one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today. He has performed on Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, CONAN and John Oliver's New York Standup Show, and has his own Comedy Central Presents special. A regular on the NPR circuit, he has appeared on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, All Things Considered, Studio 360, Morning Edition and The Moth.
Tickets for the 10.30pm show can be ordered HERE. A limited number of $10 standing-only tickets will be available on the door at each show.
Joe DeRosa and Billy Wayne Davis return to New Orleans next week, both of them playing intimate gigs at The AllWays Lounge. DeRosa plays on Tuesday November 22nd at 8pm, and Davis on Saturday November 26th, also at 8pm. Both shows are in association with New Orleans Ice Cream, who will be providing free ice cream, and free food is also included in the ticket price. There's currently a $15 offer to see both shows, otherwise it's $10 in advance, $15 on the door. Tickets for Joe DeRosa can be bought HERE, for Billy Wayne Davis, go HERE.
Drag superstar Jackie Beat has been lighting up stages for some 25 years. How can that be? She must have started prenatally. Her razor-sharp comedy and hilarious song parodies arrive in New Orleans at The AllWays Lounge on October 21st. We made her acquaintance:
NOComedy: Have you been to New Orleans before?
Jackie Beat: No! Can you believe it? I have been doing drag for over 25 years, but I've never been to, let alone performed in, Nawlins. That's how the in crowd pronounces it, right? And I am really looking forward to scarfing down a bag of beignets! Lady Bunny must really love them because every time she returns from Nawlins she's got powdered sugar all over her nose.
We have PoBoys and Muffelatas. Exotic bread-based snacks! What's your favourite regional euphemism for a sandwich?
Listen, just so long as Donald Trump doesn't try to grab my Muffelata, we're fine.
You had a part in an episode of Sex and The City. If you took an online ‘Which SATC character are YOU?’ quiz, what do you think would be the result and why?
I think I would be Carrie… But not Carrie Bradshaw, Carrie White. Instead of buying shoes and drinking Cosmos I set people on fire.
Who do you think is the most closeted Republican? After Mike Pence, of course.
All joking aside, I do not concern myself with anyone who may or may not be closeted. Until you come out, you cannot and will not be one of us. You can't eat funnel cake and ride the Tilt-A-Whirl until you buy a fucking ticket and walk into the carnival, sorry.
There’s a VIP ticket option to have dinner with you after your show here. They’re probably sold out by now. So let’s go with: you’re on death row for a crime you didn’t commit. What’s your last meal? (you get a last minute reprieve the next day, so it’s a happy ending)
I hope the very last thing I eat, before I leave this mortal coil, is Zac Efron's (hopefully very hairy) ass.
Which pop stars will be featuring in your New Orleans show? Britney is practically a local so you should probably be sure to nail that one especially well.
Honestly, I'm not sure yet… I don't plan that far ahead. But my attitude about Britney is this: I don't want to see the real thing, let alone some dude dressed as her.
Finally, in five words, what can people expect at your show?
Five words? Hmmm… "Hopefully not a heart attack."
Jackie Beat appears at The AllWays Lounge on 21st October at 8pm. More info and tickets HERE.
The comedic twins bring their knockabout banter to the Joy Theatre on July 24th. The show is being hosted by local favourite, Vincent Zambon.
Their TV credits include: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2007) Entourage (2006-07) Grey's Anatomy (2006) Jim Rome Is Burning (2006) Cheap Seats (2004-06) Law and Order (2005) Utilityman: The Quest For Cooperstown (2004) Curb Your Enthusiasm (2002) Becker (2001) Providence (2001) The Oblongs (2000)
More information and tickets can be find HERE.
Shane Mauss has a long list of credits: he won HBO's Comedy Arts Festival "Best Stand up Comic" award and he's gone on to be a favourite on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel, Comedy Central, Netflix, and Showtime. His latest album, 'My Big Break', debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy chart.
He's bringing his one man show 'A Good Trip' to the AllWays Lounge on Saturday 16th July, presented by Local Uproar. The official show description is, "Take a journey down the rabbit hole for some deep, authentic laughs about mushrooms, LSD, DMT and more. Shane will question our fickle perceptions, share personal experiences, explore the history of psychedelics and modern scientific research. There will be a lot of laughs and a whole lot of weird in one of the most unique and thought-provoking shows you will ever see."
The show starts at 7pm, with tickets just $10 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets.
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