A Vermilion Parish lawmaker is aiming for the funny bone in a new DVD highlighting his comedic side. State Rep. Jonathan Perry, an Abbeville Republican, is a former winner of the International Cajun Joke-Telling Contest. He’s now peddling “You Know,” a feature-length DVD of a recent sold-out performance at the Grand Opera House of the South in Crowley.
An attorney by vocation, the first-term lawmaker and Kaplan native tells The Advocate his 7-year-old comedy career was interrupted by his campaign for the state House of Representatives, but says he thinks his popularity as a comedian actually helped get him elected. In the House, Perry is assigned to the Administration of Criminal Justice Committee, as well as the Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee; Ways and Means; and the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.