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by Emma Boyce
New Orleans has no shortage of funny characters. Still, aside from a chance performance here and there, New Orleanians have no regular standup scheduled to tickle their funny bone. Starting January 4, Marigny comedyplex The New Movement theater provides a little relief with standup shows every Friday at 11:59 pm.
The New Movement’s weekly Midnight Mic follows in the footsteps of their already successful weekly show Comedy Beast. Hosted by Cyrus Cooper, Comedy Beast runs every Tuesday at 8:30 at the Howlin’ Wolf.
“There’s a lot of great weekly standup shows, but there’s not a weekly series for alternative standup comedy. [We’re] a weekly helm for alternative standup comedy,” said Chris Trew of the New Movement.
Midnight Mic kicks off with an open mic Block Party series, where amateurs and professionals alike can take the mic for a night of “anything goes.” The following Friday, The Real @ChrisTrew Show takes the stage.
“It’s really like watching a public access show, but live,” Trew said of his own standup routine. Trew describes his show as part game show, part public access, and part Internet.
Other nights like Just Go With It and Pass the Mic make standup a little more demanding. Just Go With It combines standup comedy with different challenges, while Pass the Mic forces a selection of comics to improvise with each other on stage.
Some series will also feature recurring characters like Diamond, an unaccommodating talk show host who entertains local guests in Diamonds are Forever. Wrestling turns comedic in their new series Megaphone Championship Wrestling, and sex gets weird in Weird Sex Stories.
Perhaps the most exciting series, however, is Pilot Night, where emerging comedians perform their shows and possibly become part of The New Movement’s repertoire.
Trew said that TNM offers fellow comedians much needed access to the most important part of their routines—a venue.
“Standup comedians can get stage time almost every night of the week now. We're proud to be doing our part of providing an outlet,” said Trew.
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