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Today in NOLA 9.4.17

Happy Labor Day, New Orleanians! Enjoy the last lazy days of summer with a few laidback events around town. The Allways welcomes a drag reunion, and Santos Bar invites aspiring performers to take to their stage for an open mic event. It's a survival of the funniest at The New Movement, while Instant Opus returns to the Hi-Ho. On this day in 1948, a devastating hurricane with winds up to 90 MPH hit New Orleans, creating extensively damage but thankfully no loss of life. Forecasters began naming hurricanes in 1950. Read on for details tonight below. 

The Showman

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: 9.3.14

The Louisiana Restaurant Association kicks off New Orleans’ Restaurant Week this evening with a catered party, and you can go! After a while off the scene, turn-of-the-millenium alt rock and nu metal band Alien Ant Farm perform at Southport Hall tonight. Plus, a local author debuts her novel at The Columns and the comedy of married life comes to Siberia. There's something for everyone, especially if you like hors d’oeuvres:

Joe Cardosi's Routine

Joe Cardosi has two years in. Time as a professional stand-up comedian, like addiction recovery, can be so grueling that you mark the time. Many big stand-ups today worked on their act a full decade prior to becoming a headliner. Some work longer.

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