The Ambien Made Me Do It – Happy Hour – It’s New Orleans
Ross Karpelman is Satan’s agent.
At least for a few weeks a year. Ross is founder of the New Orleans Halloween institution House of Shock, where he plays the part of Belial. After last Halloween the house was dead and buried. But it’s had a miraculous resurrection and is back and bigger than ever. Ross reports on the Bordello of Freaks where you can have your way with the bearded lady or have a two headed woman take care of business.
When he’s not playing Satan, Ross likes to relax at his own home – not yours, so don’t call and invite him over – and on occasion takes Ambien and watches TV. Reportedly on Ambien, at least in Ross’s experience, there’s a twilight time between waking and sleeping during which you do things a waking person would do, though that person isn’t recognisably you and isn’t doing things that you would do. Unless you typically buy multiple knife sets on QVC and waffle makers in Walmart.
Comedian Addy Najera hosts a comedy night of tastelessness called Liquid Ass, and is one of the organizer’s of the 4th annual city-wide comedy celebration, Hell Yes Fest. The brainchild of The New Movement Theater, Hell Yes has grown from a modest collection of improv and stand-up shows to a two-weekend festival with films, shows and out of town comedians competing for coveted slots. Addy is also 50% of the driving force behind the genuinely funny and weird web series House Calls in which comedians who have no low-bar of humiliation do their stand-up set in their own home.
A Man For All Seasons the fabulous Jak Locke makes a triumphant return to Happy Hour with his new movie, Targeted. Made on a shoestring budget over the course of 3 years, Jack wrote the first draft of the western when he was 7 growing up on the Westbank. The second version of Targeted is based on the original and both movies are available together on DVD here. While you’re about it, do yourself a favor and read the greatest unpublished novel of a generation, Frog Dell’s Junkyard.
Jak plays a new song for which he has no title. As with every appearance Jak makes on this show, and all others, he takes the place by storm and blows the roof of the joint.
Andrew Duhon has written enough new songs to make a new album. Here he plays one of them, Time Will Tell. If you can figure out a way to steal this off of this show go ahead, it’s a collector’s item. The chance of Andrew suing you is slim.
Photos on this page at Wayfare taken by Alison Moon.