My Kind Of Town: Comedian Tone Bell Introduces Us To His New Orleans


Welcome to My Kinda Town, a new series in which we ask our favorite comedians to highlight the cities they love most. For them, it’s a chance to shout out the joints they were hyped on before they hit big. For you, it’s a chance to uncover new bars, tucked-away restaurants, iconic experiences, and dope places to hang — straight from the mouths of the world’s funniest people. We hope it’ll prove a fun, often funny, sometimes weird ride.

This week we’ve got Tone Bell on deck — fresh off his just-released Showtime special Tone Bell: Can’t Cancel This and currently starring opposite Nina Dobrev in the CBS comedy Fam — to give us an inside look into New Orleans, Louisiana. The man has plenty of thoughts on the Big Easy, from his cracks about rogue Mardi-Gras medallions to how Bourbon Street sparks fear in the hearts of white-kick-sporting sneakerheads everywhere. He also gave us a handy recommendation for a great public napping place when you’ve found yourself exhausted after a wild night of dive-bar hopping.

Check out Tone Bell’s guide to New Orleans, then take a look at the trailer for Can’t Cancel This, currently streaming on Showtime. Tone is definitely a comic we’re going to be hearing a lot more about in the years to come.

Best Thursday night drinking in New Orleans?

The Old Absinthe House

You need to like take those carbs in and then drink a lot of water and get ready for this dive bar situation that’s about to happen, especially in New Orleans. You start early enough. It’s going to be three-for-one. That’s a crazy happy hour. That’s all up and down Bourbon Street. Usually, that deal is at 20 bars starting at 11:00 a.m!

Best post-drinking nap spot?

Harrah’s New Orleans

Harrah’s Casino. It’s amazing. If you can get those slot machines and grab one handle, put your forehead on the machine, people just think you’re hammered. You’ll probably get away with about 90 minutes in there of a good power napping if you play your cards right.

You get like a nice non-smokey dim lit part of the casino. You can probably get in some good zzz’s on that one.