To learn a new style, take in a performance, apply to a festival, or learn how to pitch one's work, a comic need only spend some time at La Nuit Comedy Theater. La Nuit not only houses a ComedySportz training center and troupe, but runs its own, unaffiliated conservatory, whose curriculum includes improv and writing. The laughter hub's blog tracks the shows that cycle past the stage's chalkboard wall, along with the workshops, open mic nights, and festivals that help launch NOLA comics toward their goals. Two full-service bars and private comedy shows help make events–from birthdays to bachelor parties to Flat Earth Society meetings–more memorable.
A star-studded roster of rollicking comedians answers the Big Easy Comedy Festival’s call for ribald laughter with an evening of no-holds-barred standup comedy on Memorial Day weekend. Ace standup comedian, actor, and writer Mike Epps, known to movie buffs as Day-Day Jones from the films Friday and Friday After Next, takes a break from his sellout I'm Still Standing tour to leave a mark on UNO Lakefront’s stage with his signature physicality and cartoonish impressions of his family. Tony Rock, who’s appeared in the blockbuster smash Hitch, steps out from under his brother Chris Rock’s shadow with a raw and gutsy set that fearlessly takes on issues of social injustice and relationships. Hailed as Black America's Favorite White Comic by Ebony magazine and recently appearing in the movie Think Like a Man, grandstanding Gary Owen, swelters with everyman appeal and crackerjack timing in relatable bits on brazenly taboo topics.
Under the direction of Jonne Dendinger, the AllWays Lounge whisks audiences on a theatrical time warp during this vamp-tastic intergalactic musical stage show that inspired the cult-classic 1975 film. The plot follows newly engaged sweethearts Brad and Janet as a flat tire forces them to seek aid at a mysterious castle, where they find themselves at the mercy of a group of flamboyant extraterrestrials. Comedian and local thespian Becky Allen narrates this biting parody of sci-fi B movies, starring Marquee Award–winner Adam Alonso as Dr. Frank N. Furter, the Transylvanians' flamboyant, gender-bending leader, who is as obsessed with seducing the show's heroes as he is with creating the perfect man and inventing the world's first sequined hot dog. Devotees of the midnight musical can compete for prizes in Rocky Horror-inspired contests, games, and sing-alongs during "Transylvanian Madness,” which kicks off an hour before showtime.
Renowned psychic and medium Chip Coffey, star of A&E shows Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal and Paranormal State, ushers audiences through preternatural territories in Coffey Talk, a witty and cathartic journey into the unknown. Clairvoyant, clairaudient, and as scintillating as a ghost-whispering Truman Capote, Coffey uses his psychic gifts to counsel the bereaved, ease the haunted, and terrify fraudulent realtors. In this special round of Coffey Talk, Chip guides the two-hour event through two hair-raising chapters of powerful emotion. The show starts with a question-and-answer session, where Chip explains the paranormal and mankind’s inherent psychic abilities before honoring queries about his daunting experiences, his TV shows, and continuity errors in Ghostbusters. For Act II, Chip puts on his psychic-reading glasses to contact spirits for select members of the audience.
Bustout Burlesque evokes the haughty heyday of Bourbon Street nightclubs for adults-only audiences in an authentic 1950s spectacle of showgirls, jazz, comedy, and hot-under-the-collar choreography. Voted one of the top 10 burlesque shows in the world by the Travel Channel's panel of howling cartoon wolves, Bustout Burlesque’s professional cast of glamorous goddesses strips and teases in elegant routines that make ears steam and bow ties spin. The traditional New Orleans swing of the Bustout Burlesque Jazz Band soundtracks the ruffling of feathers with disrobing trombones and panting cornets, as pupils dilate to an antiquated display of the wholesome and risqué. With bewitching sirens, cathouse lighting, seductive songbirds, and a comic emcee, Bustout Burlesque entices genders and generations with charm, elegance, and sauciness.