Shine Production featured at New Orleans’ Gridiron ShowApr 13th, 2012 | By admin | Category: News
St. Bernard’s Shine Productions was a featured act in the 49th Press Club of New Orleans’ Gridiron Show. A satirical look back at the year’s headlines by members of the New Orleans journalism community, last week’s show was part roast and part fundraiser.
The show was held at The Republic in New Orleans’ Warehouse District and featured special guests Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand and Orleans Parish Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas. New Orleans comedians Becky Allen and Amanda Hebert also took part in the show, but it was Shine’s sketch comedy from the ongoing hit, Bless Ya, Boys, that garnered the biggest laughs of the evening.
The troupe, led by writer and director Barry Lemoine, includes Katherine Lemoine, Chris Bordelon, Wes Cannon, Will Schneider and Ron Blanchard. This talented team portrayed a wide array of Saints’ character during their set including Rita and Tom Benson, Jim Mora, Bum Phillips, Mike Ditka, Bobby Hebert, Archie Manning and Sean Payton. Even a Greg Williams look-a-like made an unpopular, but funny appearance, trying to explain the bounty scandal.
Lemoine, the owner of Shine, said it was an honor to be included in the show.
“The show was written and produced by some of the most respected media people in New Orleans. To have our little group from St. Bernard not only be included in the show, but to be showcased as a featured act, was really nice. And a lot of fun.”
Blanchard, a former St. Bernard resident and a versatile performer, agreed.
“It was refreshing to have our talent and the show be appreciated by so many and to watching these people you see on tv or listen to on the radio, poke fun of themselves for a good cause, was good to see too.”
Katherine Lemoine added that the vibe of the Gridiron Show fit in well with the work that Shine produces.
“We love to make people laugh and enjoy themselves. And we love to represent St. Bernard in all that we do. It’s always celebration when we’re given the chance to shine.”
Proceeds from the event go to scholarships and awarded to freshman, sophomore, or junior college-level students enrolled in print or broadcast journalism programs.