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Andrew Polk | Comedian

Andrew Polk was raised in the backwoods of North Louisiana, where he learned to live, laugh, love, and then get the hell out of there. A resident of New Orleans for 3 years, he describes the city as “largely problematic” as bars don’t close, and parallel parking is required in almost all situations. Many of Polk’s influences can be found by turning on the television anytime in the mid-90’s. Once he saw a blimp.

He produces and hosts the weekly stand-up showcases Comedy Beast, and his pet project NOLA Comedy Hour, which is releasing a stand-up mix-tape on July 8th through Oscillations Records in Austin, Texas. His sketch group MASSIVE FRAUD produces a monthly film and stand-up showcase, as well as a weekly open mic at The Beatnik.

You may have seen him at FunFunFun Fest (Austin, TX), Hell Yes Fest (NOLA), Buku Fest (NOLA), Trill Fest (Houston), Black Box Comedy Festival (Atlanta), or the Cape Fear Comedy Festival (Wilmington, NC). He has toured as a feature for Todd Barry, performed on the road with Kyle Kinane, and was a featured guest on the Nerdist Network podcast Terrified!. Recently, Polk can be heard announcing Dave Attell on his Comedy Central special “Road Work” andhe will be appearing as a special guest on the Esquire Network’s “Best Bars in America” with Sean Patton and Jay Larson.

Andrew appears on the November 2014 episode of The Goodnight Show!

You can follow him and his activites through these outlets: Massive Fraud | Tour Schedule | Twitter

 

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Tank & the Bangas

guest_tank-and-the-bangasTank and The Bangas were formed in 2011 at an open mic set in New Orleans, centered at a shot gun house, Jerk Chicken Sam’iches and a drum set. Instantaneously this group knew that they had something that stirred crowds that cried out for original music from them. If you’re from New Orleans, you know all the ingredients to make a good gumbo. Your seasonings have to mix well, your roux has to be thick, and your meat has to be cut to perfection. Tank and The Bangas are what you call a great gumbo! Originating in New Orleans, Tank and The Bangas have all the qualities that relates them, to the city that birth them but a flair that separates them as well. Their performances range from being “One of the most energetic shows you’ll ever see” to “A gospel tent in Mississippi”. Rummaging through their sound like a thrift store hippie, you’ll find the Bangas to provoke a musical reference of Rhythmic Soul and Spoken word among other genres such as Rock, Gospel, Funk, and Folk. Combining the various musical technique among the Bangas, coupled with the instilling play on lyrics from the lead vocalist; Tank and The Bangas have quilted a unique sound that singles them as one of the most distinctive groups to come out of New Orleans.

Group members include Tank/ Lead vocalist/Norman Spence on Bass/keyboard, Joshua Johnson/Drums & Musical Director/ Albert Allenback on Sax/ Merell Burkett/keys/ Nita Bailey/Percussion; and various other Bangas.

[source: www.TankAndTheBangas.com]

Tank and the Bangas appear on the October 2014 episode of The Goodnight Show!

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Captain Doc Hawley

guest_doc-hawleyCaptain Clarke “Doc” Hawley, a river veteran of sixty years, began his career as calliope player and popcorn-popper on board the steamer Avalon and went on to serve as Mate, Pilot and Captain of Delta Queen, Belle of Louisville, President, Natchez, and American Queen – all paddle wheel steamboats. He is thought to have seen more of the inland rivers than any living steamboatman, having worked on ten rivers in seventeen states.

 Doc appears on the October 2014 episode of The Goodnight Show!

This was just before the Great Steamboat Race of 2008 in Louisville KY, the calliope duel between the Delta Queen and the Belle of Louisville with Capt. “Doc” Hawley playing “Ragtime Cowboy Joe” and “I’m Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover” on the Delta Queen.

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Ashley Hansen of Hansen’s Sno-Bliz

Ashley Hgns2.9.11ansen grew up inside her grandparents’ snowball stand. She was 15 when she started working for Mary and Ernest Hansen. Now she’s 40. And now she owns Hansen’s Sno-Bliz.

She’s spent her life working the ice shaving machine Ernest Hansen invented in 1934. She knows every nook of the cinderblock stand and can immediately lay her hands on each yellowed clipping praising Hansen’s sweet cups of shaved ice and every faded photograph of the customers who come back year after year to wait on the yellow line.
[source: Nola.com]

Ashley appeared on the June 2013 episode of The Goodnight Show!

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June 2013 | Ashley Hansen, Walter Williams (Mr. Bill), Davell Crawford, Sophie Lucido Johnson

  • Ashley Hansen, Hansen’s Sno-Bliz
  • Walter Williams, creator of Mr. Bill and wetlands activist
  • Musician Davell Crawford
  • Comedian Sophie Lucido Johnson
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November 2013 | Linda Green, Rebecca Snedeker, Little Freddie King, Mike Spara

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October 2013 | Kathy Randels, Nick Slie, Mark Davis, Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, Cassidy Henehan

  • Kathy Randels & Nick Slie
    • co-producers, Cry You One, with an excerpt from the cast.
  • Mark Davis – Louisiana Gulf Coast Expert
    • Senior Research Fellow at the Tulane University Law School and Director the Institute of Water Resources
  • Musical guest Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes
  • Comic Cassidy Henehan