The Joy Theater Presents Stand-Up NOLA

by Jordan McGuire on April 7, 2015


Stand-Up NOLA will come to the Joy Theater Friday, May 8th at 8pm. Here’s the press release:

New Orleans, LA — On Friday, May 8 at 8pm, The Joy Theater in New Orleans (1200 Canal Street) presents a one-night-only opportunity to see performances by 5 of New Orleans’ top comedians. The show features comedians Matt Owens (headliner), Leon Blanda, Joe Cardosi, Mary Devon Dupuy, Katie East, and Andrew Polk. Local DJ Doug Funnie will perform throughout the show. Doors open at 7pm, and the show begins at 8pm.

“I think some the best stand-up talents in the country are living and working right here in New Orleans. Four of the comedians on this May 8 bill were selected by Louis CK to open for him at his two sold-out shows here at the Joy in 2014. Both shows sold out in a less than an hour of their announcement. I put this show together so locals can have another chance to see this New Orleans talent,” says the show’s organizer and headliner Matt Owens.

The Comedians:

Matt Owens

After receiving a full acting scholarship, Matt Owens studied and performed Theatre at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Matt has extensive experience in stage acting, short films, commercials, and sketch comedy. Matt completed an Improv Intensive at The New Movement Theater in New Orleans. Matt performs stand-up regularly in New Orleans (House of Blues, Howlin’ Wolf) and throughout the Southeast. He hosts a monthly New Orleans Comedy Showcase at The Government Street Grocery in Ocean Springs, MS, and regularly headlines sold-out shows at the Castle Theater in Kenner. He recently organized and headlined a New Orleans Comedy Road Tour featuring Andrew Polk, which ended with a sold out show in the resort town of Saint Simon’s Island, GA. Matt opened for Hannibal Buress at the Irish House, and shared the stage with Bill Burr and Darrell Hammond at the House of Blues. In November of 2014, Matt was selected to open/feature for Louis CK at a sold-out show at New Orleans’ historic Joy Theater. He was featured at Hell Yes Fest in November of 2014. In February 2015, he performed five nights of shows in New York.

Andrew Polk

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 4 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. He produces and hosts the weekly New Orleans comedy showcases Comedy Beast and NOLA Comedy Hour, and his sketch group Massive Fraud produces a monthly film and stand-up showcase at the Indywood Theater. named him one of the 15 New Orleanians To Watch in 2015.

Andrew has been featured in The Guardian and Savage Henry Magazine, has toured as a feature for Todd Barry, performed with Anthony Jeselnik, Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, Garfunkel and Oates, Kyle Kinane, Bill Burr, Darrell Hammond, Harland Williams, and many more. He was a featured guest on the Nerdist Network podcast Terrified!, performed on Dave Attell’s Road Work special for Comedy Central, and he was (very briefly) a special guest on the Esquire Network’s Best Bars in America. Most recently he was hand-picked by Louis C.K. to open for his two sold-out shows at the Joy Theater in New Orleans.

Joe Cardosi

Joe Cardosi is a stand-up comic, lo-fi filmmaker, sketch writer/performer, podcaster, and radio guy hailing from New Orleans. He has performed at Crom Fest in Omaha, The Comedy Exposition of 2014 in Chicago, The Orlando Indie Comedy Festival, The Memphis Comedy Festival, and Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans. Joe was personally selected by Louis CK to open for him at The Joy Theater in New Orleans, and has also shared the stage with Doug Stanhope, Kyle Kinane, Bill Burr, Sean Patton, Rory Scovel, Eric Andre, Darrell Hammond, and many more. As half of Massive Fraud, Joe co-produces the sketch/stand-up hybrid KARATEFIGHT that has hosted comics such as Hannibal Burress and Louis CK and consistently sells out every single month. Massive Fraud releases a new sketch video every week, and a podcast called The Fraudcast, where the duo interview comics from across the country about their worst experiences in comedy. Joe is featured on releases from Oscillations Records and Sure Thing Records that are currently available on iTunes, Spotify, and Pandora.

Kate East

A Baton Rouge native, Katie East returned to Louisiana in 2012 after a five-year stint performing improv and stand-up comedy in New York City. Last Fall, she opened for Louis CK at the Joy Theater in New Orleans. While in NYC, East was trained at Amy Poehler’s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and has been a featured performer there as well. She has been featured in a Comedy Central television pilot with comic Patrice O’Neal and a popular Internet sketch appealing to actor/singer Justin Timberlake which the star himself retweeted. East’s one-woman show Sick Girl has been produced at theaters in New York City, New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Currently, East lives in New Orleans and performs stand-up around the Gulf Coast.

Leon Blanda hosts and stars in two weekly showcases at the House of Blues in the French Quarter of New Orleans – Give It Up Open Mic Night and Comedy Boom.

Mary Devon Dupuy has performed stand-up at KARATEFIGHT at the Indywood Theater, The Air Sex Championships (think air guitar, but with an imaginary sexual partner in place of a musical instrument) at the Hi-Ho lounge, Comedy Beast at the Howlin’ Wolf, and at the House of Blues.

Tickets are $20 and go on sale Tuesday, March 31 at (504) 528-9569 and A limited number of VIP ticket packages are available.