about

Colleen Allerton and Lauren LaBorde are rude., a New Orleans-based multimedia sketch duo that delivers a high-energy show combining live sketch comedy, videos, improvised stand-up and sometimes, choreographed dance routines. rude.'s live performances are characterized by an "in-your-face style ... with skewering sketches and video shorts" (Cate Root, Times Picayunenola.com) and a "unique and beautiful affection [they bring] to the stage every time they are together" (Sophie Lucido Johnson, HellYesFest.com). Together they created the viral video "My Purse, My Choice," which received over 400,000 views and was featured on MSNBC, The Today Show, CNN, The New York Times and your mother's Facebook page. They debuted their sketch show "Not Here to Make Friends" at the 2013 Hell Yes Fest, and since then have performed their multimedia sketch shows to packed houses in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Austin and elsewhere. They are embarking on an east coast tour in October 2014.  

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Colleen Allerton is an improviser and reasonably good singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. She performs regularly at The New Movement Theater. She’s played in several festivals including Moontower Comedy Festival and Improv Wins in Austin, Trill Comedy Festival in Houston, the New Orleans Fringe Festival, the Megaphone Marathons in New Orleans and Austin, and the Del Close Marathons in New York City. She is a founding member of the troupe BROWS and also plays with the musical improv troupe Treats. She writes and performs in the musical comedy duo Molleen, who were featured guests at New Orleans’ Plus One Show.

Lauren LaBorde is a writer, editor and comedian in New Orleans. She is currently the editor of GoNOLA.com, and previously she was on the editorial staff at Renassiance Publishing and the alt-weekly Gambit, where she covered arts and entertainment and wrote things about reality TV that Internet commenters mistook for message boards. She's the creator of Gambit's weekly Twitter roundup Y@ Speak and the inaugural Y@ Speak Twitter Awards. She is an improviser with The New Movement where she performs with the team Assembly and is a regular performer and writer for the weirdo late-night variety hour The Real @Chris Trew Show. She also is a stand-up comedian who has been described as "whip-smart" (Joe Cardosi, Massive Fraud) and "the comic equivalent of a martini ... smart, quiet, and has a kick" (Sophie Johnson, HellYesFest.com). In August 2014 she opened for Jen Kirkman (who is really nice and funny).