Comedy has long been used to subvert the established order, shedding light on modern life’s pervasive absurdities and fomenting distrust of potentially seltzer-filled boutonnieres. Discover some rollicking truths with this GrouponLive deal to La Nuit Theater. Choose from the following options:
- For $5, you get one general-admission ticket to any comedy show in May (a $10 value).
- For $10, you get two general-admission tickets to any comedy show in May (a $20 value).
- For $18, you get four general-admission tickets to any comedy show in May (a $40 value).<p>
Within stumbling distance of Freret Street’s restaurants and pubs, La Nuit Theater aims to end or begin evenings out with tears of laughter. Unlike the premium-cable version of Sesame Street, ComedySportz shows eschew racy material, going so far as to place a brown paper bag over the head of any performer who crosses the boundaries of good taste. Held Saturdays at 7 p.m., the game-based format pits two refereed teams of improvisers against each other as they romp through tasks such as delivering dialogue in the style of Shakespeare or performing a scene backward.
God’s Been Drinking claims to be the longest-running improv show in New Orleans, mixing vets and newcomers in an hour-long show held Fridays at 8:30 p.m. It’s followed by the ever-changing sketch comedy show Fear and Loathing, praised by Gambit for its “breezy, spirited clowning.”
Many performers come from the ranks of La Nuit’s conservatory program, whose instructors boast impressive backgrounds: Yvonne Landry is a former Second City instructor who’s worked with improv legends such as Del Close and Matt Besser, and Bill Chott has written and performed on The Dana Carvey Show and Wizards of Waverly Place. To avoid the type of groupthink that caused JFK to fill a bay with pigs, the theater also brings in comedy masters from outside New Orleans, who in the past have included veterans of Curb Your Enthusiasm and MadTV.
La Nuit Comedy Theater
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.