Although laughter is highly contagious, it is not generally considered lethal unless it takes place in front of an angry motorcycle gang. Quarantine your chuckle fever with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $30 toward comedy shows or classes at La Nuit Comedy Theater on Freret Street.
La Nuit Comedy Theater hosts a bounty of talented performers bent on drawing side-splitting laughs via a variety of comedic shows and conservatory classes. La Nuit's slate of professional laugh-lobbers include the Friday night double feature of Fear and Loathing, a sketch revue show awash with dysfunctional relationships, cable news, teen vampires, and more, as well as God's Been Drinking, one of New Orleans' longest-running long-form-improv teams, spinning a single audience suggestion into a one-act play with recurring characters, themes, and absurd antics ($10 for both shows). Weekends include renowned ComedySportz shows at 7 p.m. on Saturdays ($10/ticket), which invite gut-busters of all ages to witness opposing teams of act-letes compete for laughs and points through a series of family-friendly short-form-improv games. Tasked with determining the winning team, audiences judge the scenes and games while politely deeming which performers are better suited for original C-SPAN Congressional police dramas.
Helmed by a team of expert comedy coaches, La Nuit's conservatory classes help aspiring chuckle-chuckers shapen their skills in improv, writing, and acting (classes range from $218–$381.50). Classes are split into five levels, ranging from beginner to advanced. La Nuit also hosts additional courses in more specific comedic areas, including puppetry, satirical writing, doing Abbott & Costello routines with Robocop, and on-camera acting.
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.
5039 Freret St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115