Uptown Comedy Fest

Uptown comedy fest promises a laugh and a half

By Bradley Warshauer

Special to The Advocate, January 12, 2013

Freret Street in Uptown New Orleans will become, from Wednesday to Jan. 18, a capital of comedy, a hub where local and regional talent get a shot at connecting with national and international industry insiders. And they’ll be putting on a great show in the process.

It’s the fifth New Orleans Comedy Arts Festival and Showcase, founded by New Orleans comedy maven Yvonne Landry. Held at her La Nuit Comedy Theater — “The only live theater in Uptown,” Landry likes to say — the festival is a hotbed for new and established talent. This year it features headliners Neil Hamburger, Nick Vatterot and Ashley Barnhill.