YouTube Sensation Randy Rainbow to Bring Comedy to Cafe Istanbul This Winter
Producer Mark Cortale has announced that he will present red hot comedian Randy Rainbow in his New Orleans debut shows at Cafe Istanbul on Friday and Saturday, December 1 & 2. Mr. Rainbow's popular series of political spoofs and song parodies have garnered international acclaim and over a hundred million views.
He will be preceded in the series at Cafe Istanbul by rising music star Steve Grand, who returns to New Orleans for one show only, on October 14 at 8:00 PM.
Randy Rainbow and Steve Grand at Cafe Istanbul are sponsored by the New Orleans Hotel Collection, and also sponsored by The Advocate, Louisiana's leading news source. For tickets and information, visit broadwaynola.com or call 1-800-838-3006.
Randy Rainbow (yes, that's his real name) is a comedian, actor, writer, host and Internet sensation best known for his viral comedy videos. He's been called "the best thing about the 2016 GOP race" by Dan Savage and his musical tribute to the first presidential debate of 2016 ("BRAGGADOCIOUS!") received 28 million views in its first two days. He was subsequently asked by the cast of TV's Will & Grace to parodize a song which they performed during a political fundraiser for the 2016 election. Randy has also written for comedian Kathy Griffin and hosted and performed in numerous theatrical events for the Broadway, cabaret and gay communities, as well as for the Tony Awards and some of New York City's most popular night spots including 54 Below, Birdland Jazz Club, XL Nightclub and Therapy NYC where his own weekly show ran for two years. He's been seen as a talking head on VH1 and has been heard regularly as both a guest and co-host on Sirius XM Radio. He is the creator and star of the long-running BroadwayWorld web series Chewing the Scenery with Randy Rainbow and Last Minute with Randy Rainbow.
Steve Grand has recently enjoyed over 10 Million views on YouTube and a #3 Album on The Billboard Independent Album Artist Charts. After debuting at Provincetown's Art House during the summer of 2016 for three performances, he returned to the venue's star-studded lineup this past summer for a full two-month run. His first of many self-funded music videos, All-American Boy, tells the story of unrequited love between two men, and took the internet by storm when it was released. It lead the openly gay artist to be lauded as a trailblazer in the entertainment world. Touring internationally and across the country over the past two years, Steve has also made appearances on Good Morning America, CNN, Larry King Now, and other national outlets where he has used his platform to advocate for Human Rights and LGBT Equality. Career highlights are already lining up for this young star. He had the #3 most funded music project in Kickstarter's history with over 5,000 backers. His first full-length album was released in March 2015 on his own label, Grand Nation, LLC, and debuted at #47 on the Top 200 Chart and # 3 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart. His video "All American Boy" has had over 5.5 million views and made Buzzfeed's list of the "24 most brilliant music videos" from 2013. Out Magazine named Steve Grand on their 2014 "Out100" list of the year's most compelling LGBT people..
This Broadway @ concert series was created in 2011 by Producing Artistic Director Mark Cortale at The Art House in Provincetown featuring Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host. In its sixth season last summer the series welcomed back some of the entertainment world's biggest stars including Kristin Chenoweth, Vanessa Williams, Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald. The Broadway @ series also premiered in 2013 in New Orleans, in Australia (Sydney & Melbourne) with Megan Mullally and in London's West End with Patti LuPone at the Leicester Square Theater. The series has since travelled to Chicago @ The Steppenwolf, Beverly Hills @ The Wallis, New Orleans @ The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), Fort Lauderdale @ The Parker Playhouse, San Francisco @ The Nourse Theatre, Arizona @ Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Las Vegas @ The Smith Center, and Sarasota @ The Van Wezel among other cities. Other artists who have participated in the series include Chita Rivera, Sutton Foster, Neil Patrick Harris, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Darren Criss, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, Gavin Creel and many other stars of stage and screen. Info at markcortalepresents.com.
IF YOU GO:
Mark Cortale Presents
Friday & Saturday, December 1 & 2 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 14 at 8:00 PM
At Cafe Istanbul, located at 2372 St. Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA.
For tickets and information, visit broadwaynola.com or call 1-800-838-3006.