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Comedy Get Down to Come to NOLA for Round Deux

Even in a city as dominated by artists as New Orleans, rarely do you get the opportunity to experience the top talents in an industry under one roof. Four living comedy legends aim to remedy that, as Cedric The Entertainer, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, and George Lopez are scheduled to stop by NOLA in an epic fall show. 

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Johnny Azari Talks Transition From Blues Music to Stand-Up Comedy

A little more than two years ago, Johnny Azari would probably have called himself a musician. But now, the multi-hyphenate artist would count stand-up comedy at the top of his résumé, above his years in music production and his sprawling delta blues career. Fresh off of a 20-state tour across America, where he recorded both an audio album and debut comedy special called The Revolution Will Be Hilarious, Azari spoke with NoDef about everything from life on the road to new marriages and new presidents. 


Comedy Central to Film Free Stand-Up Specials at Civic Theatre

Comedy Central's long-running series of short stand-up specials, "Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents..." (formerly known as "The Half Hour") returns to New Orleans for live filming April 19-22. For four nights, The Civic will play host to some of the sharpest voices in the emerging comedy scene. Seven shows are scheduled, each featuring two comics. All shows are free — check out Comedy Central's round up of comedians coming to NOLA below. 

Today in NOLA 2.20.17

Celebrate Presidents' Day in NOLA by learning more about one of the most contentious political issues today with the documentary screening DAPL Lies. Or visit The Front's event “Not My President’s Day." Or, check out something entirely different at Comic Strip. On this day in 2013, FEMA discovered some of the oldest Native American archeologic artifacts south of Lake Pontchartrain including pottery shards, animal bones and clay tobacco pipes. Now, more to do this Monday.

Album Review: Bobby Bones

By Brad Bohannan

Bobby Bones has become as staple to my morning drive as I take my boy to school.  Much to my chagrin, my 11-year-old would change it to the Bobby Bones Show every morning.  After a few weeks of this morning drive routine I found myself becoming a fan of him and his Pimp-N-Joy charity work. In fact, I had to be one of the first to download the Bobby Bones & the Raging Idiots new album titled, The Critics Give it 5 Stars.  

Lineup Reveal: Hell Yes Fest

Local comedy celebration the Hell Yes Fest rolled out their lineup today. This year, organizers have teamed up BUKU co-producers, HUKA Entertainment, to deliver more laughs and the lineup shows it. Rising national names like Tim Heidecker and Nikki Glaser will headline the event.

Leon Blanda Cracks Up

By Lucy Leonard

Mental health is no laughing matter. Well, sometimes it is a laughing matter. This Friday (7.17), New Orleans comedians are teaming up with the Mental Health Channel for the season finale of the Nola edition of Cracking Up. The series has followed ten comics and their journeys with mental health leading up to this final comedy competition at the House of Blues. 

Hannibal Buress No Fan of the Berl

Comedian Hannibal Buress’ love of New Orleans is well documented through his famed ode to Coops on Decatur and the Quarter foot parade. But, Buress is no fan of the berl. In a recent video for Comedy Camisado TV, the funny man takes a few shots at one of NOLA’s most revered practices.

Jesuit Grads Duplass Brothers Talk About Their HBO Show

Jesuit High School turned out New Orleans’ current Mayor and Sheriff. A trio of entertainers also claim the proud Blue Jay heritage. On Sunday (1.11), HBO debuted Togetherness, a show created by ninteies grads Steve Zissis, Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass. This week, they are making the media rounds to plug the project.

Today in NOLA: 11.13.14

After a much-needed rainfall, local temperatures drop near freezing, P.3 Notes for Now continues with a conversational lecture between Franklin Sirmans, curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and Andrea Andersson, PHD, the new CAC Chief Curator of Visual Arts. Jon Dee Graham unleashes his songwriting prowess at Ogden After Hours, and the House of Blues welcomes native Irvin Mayfield to blow his award winning horn.

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