Live Love Laugh.

Live Love Laugh.

There are so many axioms and proverbs that include the importance of laughter.  So instead of the spa, head to one of the growing number of comedy outlets in New Orleans.

This week try two Marigny locations stirring up both local and national laughs. Tonight, Cafe Istanbul – with its vibrant culturally diverse calendar – will present the monthly “Goodnight Show with John Calhoun”.  The Goodnight Show is New Orleans very own late-night talk show.  As always, they will feature Steve Walkup and The Goodnight Show Orchestra, fun comedy segments, and live commercials performed by The Goodnight Show players (Jon Mayhue, Kate Becker, Robby Brennan).

One of the shows sponsors this month is The Joint.  So do yourself a favor and enjoy some of the best bar-b-cue in New Orleans.   Although they moved from their original joint on the train tracks to a little more upscale digs on Mazant Street (still in the Bywater), don’t worry, the ‘q stays true to their backyard bbq roots.  It’s not walking distance from the theater, but probably less than two miles.

The New Movement Theater boasts “Badass Comedy Shows & Training”.  This week they are presenting what looks to be a don’t miss performance of nationally acclaimed writer and comedian Hannibal Burress.  He’s been on every major late night talk show on TV – Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson.  His credits include appearances on Louie and 30 Rock as well as writing for both 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live.

The show was originally scheduled for Saturday night…but had to be changed to Thursday and it looks like they added a Friday night performance as well.  The New Movement is located in the Marigny Triangle.   So a few block walk from the Frenchmen Street scene.  Therefore, you might as well make a big outing out of it.  Prime yourself for the show at Three Muses with specialty cocktails, small plates and live music -5:00, Tom McDermott followed by Luke Winslow-King.

If you laugh so hard you need to nourish yourself after the show, then stroll down tot he corner for delicious Japanese cuisine at Wasabi.  They have a nice bar to dine at for your late night eats.

Now that you’ve got the comedy bug, you may want to explore some of the other comedy spots around town…La Nuit, The National Comedy Company, Shadowbox Theater, Lost Love Lounge.  As I said, the laughter appears to be contagious – there are more venues presenting comedy in New Orleans than every before.  So get your laugh on!!!

Every Thing Lovely,

Out and About is a weekly blog by Leslie Compton of Every Thing Lovely, a special event and creative consulting team, and is sponsored by Key to NOLA Properties, a full service real estate brokerage firm specializing in furnished rental properties in New Orleans. Key to NOLA Properties and Every Thing Lovely have joined forces to provide a full array of services for travelers’ (and locals’) personal and professional needs while in the Crescent City.