Friday, January 29, 2016

141. Kristen Becker, Part 2.

141. Kristen Becker interview, part 2.  For 15 years, Kristen has loved bringing her raucous point-of-view comedy to audiences all over the continent.  Toronto’s Xtra!  lauded her “brash and personal humor.” As the winner of the Queen City Comedy Competition, she took the largely male-dominated genre by storm. A comedian who happens to also be an out lesbian, Becker consistently wins the hearts of all audiences, straight and gay alike, with her unapologetic humor. Her childhood, divided between the Rust Belt and the Deep South, has left her uniquely able to connect with all manner of people.  She has been part of comedy routines like Dykes of Hazard and Loosen the Bible Belt, in which she teams up with Jay Bakker, son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.  Quinn Warner joins us today as a guest hostWarning--today's episode has explicit language and content.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. January 30, 1704. Bienville told that "Pelican" was on its way with 27 young girls, the Casket Girls.
  2. This week in New Orleans history. January 30, 1980. Professor Longhair died. He was born Henry Roeland "Roy" Byrd on December 19, 1918, in Bogalusa, Louisiana. He made a living as a street hustler until he started to play piano seriously in his thirties. He taught himself how to play on a piano with missing keys, so his style became distinct. When he began his career in New Orleans in 1948, Mike Tessitore bestowed Longhair with his stage name (due to Byrd's shaggy coiffure). Longhair first recorded in 1949, creating four songs (including the first version of his signature song, "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" His  pet numbers were "Tipitina" and "Go to the Mardi Gras."
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Cajun Ground Hog Day
    February 2nd, 2016
    Bouligny Plaza
    102 W Main St, New Iberia, LA 70560
    337-365-6773 | 337-367-9640
    Bouligny Plaza
    Annual event where New Iberia's own version of the traditional groundhog, Pierre C. Shaddeaux, a native nutria, emerges to predict weather the weather for the next six weeks…etiher a long or short spring depending on if Pierre sees his shaddeaux or not.
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