John Taylor

guest_John-TaylorJohn Taylor was born and raised in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a child the Bayou Bienvenue was his play ground, and he learned a every inch of it and the creatures that dwelled there. As he grew up he watched the Bayou and its associated wetlands change, due to human interventions and interference in the natural processes. He saw the depletion of the cypress forest and the diminishing of fish and fowl. As an adult he has given himself to its preservation through his work with various sustainability organizations and his moving photographs that illustration the beauty and specialness of these places.

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

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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



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.


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


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.


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.

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


Dwight Henry

guest_dwight-henryDwight Henry is an actor, known for 12 Years a Slave (2013), Beasts of the Southern Wild(2012) and 44th NAACP Image Awards (2013).

“I’m from New Orleans. Before I was cast in the part I owned a bakery called Henry’s Bakery and Deli right across the street from the casting agency where Court 13 had their studio. They used to come over and have lunch or breakfast in the morning. After a few months we kinda developed a relationship. They used to put these fliers in the bakery with a phone number to call if you were interested in appearing in one of their movies. As simple as that! They used to put them up at my business, but I was never interested in auditioning, because I’m a restaurateur. If you understand that business, you know you don’t have time to do nothing else but that. It took some work. One day me and Mike [Gottwald], the producer, was sitting in the bakery. I wasn’t doing much so I decided to go over and cast for this part. He laughed. I did a reading for the part – never trying to get it or really wanting to get it – just doing a friend a favor and passing time. I go over, do the reading and two weeks later they come back and say, “Mr. Henry, Mr. [Benh] Zeitlin wants you to do another reading.”

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Dwight Henry was on the December 2012 episode of The Goodnight Show!


John Boutte

guest_john-boutteOn Sundays as the red beans were soaking for Monday’s dinner, John Boutte was awakened by the sounds of his New Orleans neighborhood. Voices carried over the fence from the church behind his home in the Seventh Ward, the home where his mother Gloria still lives, where most of his Creole family still lives and sings. Past the front yard, second-line parades rolled by, matching the madness of Carnival season and the transcendent joy of the jazz funeral. This roux of influences created John Boutte, and serves him to this day.

John Boutte appeared on the October 2012 episode of The Goodnight Show!


Mr. Okra

guest_mr-okraPeople all over town know New Orleans native Arthur Robinson as Mr. Okra — or sometimes just Okra — his trade name as a roving produce vendor who patrols the streets in a pickup truck packed with fruits and vegetables and painted with renderings of his inventory. His voice — a deep, bullfrog baritone — bellows from the truck-mounted P.A. system, announcing his inventory and its goodness. His banter has been featured on numerous albums by local bands, he’s a regular vendor at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and he was the subject of the 2009 documentary Mr. Okra. [source: New Orleans Gambit]

Mr. Okra appeared on the November 2012 episode of The Goodnight Show!