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.
New Orleans welcomes comics from across the US this week as Hell Yes Fest 2017 takes place this week, 14th-19th November!
You can see the full line up of shows right here: www.hellyesfest.com/schedule
If you want to catch a showcase of sets from the very best visiting comics FOR FREE, and with FREE New Orleans Ice Cream, Local Uproar have announced the following satellite shows, featuring comics with TV credits, plus surprise special guests!
Thursday 16th Nov
NIGHT CHURCH present The Comics Of Hell Yes Fest. With FREE Cafe Bars, the new coffee and ice cream treat from New Orleans Ice Cream.
Sidney's Saloon (1200 St Bernard), show at 8.30pm. NO COVER
Saturday 18th Nov
Local Uproar present The Comics Of Hell Yes Fest. With FREE New Orleans Ice Cream.
Sidney's Saloon (1200 St Bernard), show at 8pm. NO COVER
(PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A ONE-OFF VENUE CHANGE FROM THEIR REGULAR SATURDAY SHOW AT THE ALLWAYS LOUNGE)
Tonight (Friday 6th October) sees the inaugural International House of Puncakes, New Orleans' first live pun contest. 16 contestants will duke it out at the HiHo Lounge, using only their wordplay skills to win prizes. The show starts at 8pm and is free. Comedians Geneva Joy Hughes, Laura Sanders and LA's Sumukh Torgalkar will also perform.
The great Monday night open mic at 12 Mile Limit is tonight collecting donations and donating its own share of the bar take to United for Puerto Rico, helping people affected by the recent devastating hurricane. Sign up is at 8.30 for comics, with the show at 9pm.
New Orleans' first live pun contest happens at the HiHo Lounge on Friday October 6th. Inspired by the infamous Punderdome contest in New York, contestants will take to the stage in front of an expectant audience to run the pun gauntlet. There'll be three knockout rounds, interspersed with sets from local and touring stand up comics. The event is free and starts at 8pm. If you'd like to be a contestant, there's still time to sign up. Register your interest by emailing email@example.com by September 30th.
The flooding unfolding in Houston and across Texas has a special resonance for New Orleans, and the local comedy scene is stepping up to raise some money for causes helping with the relief effort. All shows are free, and are accepting cash donations as well as donating portions of the bar take at those shows. Here's where you can help:
Comedy Beast. 8.30pm @ Howlin' Wolf Den.
Comedy Catastrophe. 10pm @ Lost Love Lounge.
Think You're Funny? 9pm @ Carrollton Station.
Crescent Fresh. 8pm @ Dragon's Den.
Night Church. 8.30pm @ Sidney's Saloon.
Funny Friday. 8pm @ Shenanigans Kitchen & Cocktails in Metairie.
Comedy F— Yeah. 8.30pm @ Dragon's Den.
Local Uproar. 8 pm @ Allways Lounge.
NOLA Comedy Hour. 8pm @ Hi-Ho Lounge.
Bear With Me. 9pm @ Twelve Mile Limit.
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.
Every year, TV station Comedy Central handpicks a dozen or so comedians to film a 30-minute comedy special, filmed at The Civic Theater right here in New Orleans. They just announced the line up for this year, and the shows will tape from Wednesday, April 19th through Saturday the 22nd. The resulting specials are slated to air sometime in the Autumn. The following comics will be in town:
Casey James Salengo
Joel Kim Booster
The tapings are free to attend, and you can request tickets here.
We sadly lost our friend Jon Reaux this week. Jon was a great favourite within the New Orleans comedy community and he will be very sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones, and while there are no details yet as to official services or memorials, some shows are taking place to raise money for his family and funeral expenses. Almost all weekly shows will be passing a hat/taking donations, but so far, the following specific fundraisers have been announced:
Feb 22nd: Think You're Funny? Carrollton Station. 9pm. Hosted by Cassidy Henehan.
Feb 25th: Bullet's, 8pm. Hosted by Tony Frederick.
March 1st: Comedy Gold, House of Blues. 7pm. Hosted by Leon Blanda and Kyle Smith.
March 2nd: Night Church, Sidney's Saloon. 8.30pm. Hosted by Benjamin Hoffman and Paul Oswell.
March 17th: Candy Coochie Show w/Young Funny. The Willow, 9pm.
More shows to be announced.
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