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Sasha (Queen Latifah), Dina (Tiffany Haddish), and Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith) visit New Orleans during Essence Fest in "Girls Trip."

Local comics Camille Roane, Ashleigh Branch and Nkechi Chibueze will perform stand-up comedy to kick off a free screening of the 2017 hit comedy “Girls Trip” Thursday night at the Orpheum Theater.

The movie — which was filmed in New Orleans — features four best friends (Tiffany Haddish, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah) who head to New Orleans for a wild vacation after one of them is invited to be a keynote speaker at the Essence Music Festival. 

Stand-up performances begin at 7 p.m.

Fittingly, back in 2017 Roane and Branch helped create an annual five-day festival, called Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival, with performances by black female comedians to coincide with the real Essence Festival. 

Chibueze is a special education teacher and photographer who also founded No Lye Comedy, a comedy collective that aims to provide comedy opportunities to black women in New Orleans.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. and New Orleans Film Society members will receive free popcorn. 

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