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North Coast Visits the Dirty Coast to Rap Things Up

North Coast Visits the Dirty Coast to Rap Things Up

Nov 15, 2013

Tonight at 9:30 p.m., the Shadowbox will be alive with the sounds of North Coast: a very unique improv group from New York who mix freestyle rapping with longform improv. The result is infectiously fun and unlike anything you’ve ever seen. Just watch the video they made for their trip to New Orleans below:

Dean’s List will open for North Coast Friday at 9:30 at the Shadowbox. You can still buy tickets online...

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In NOLA for Hell Yes? Here’s What You Should Do

In NOLA for Hell Yes? Here’s What You Should Do

Nov 15, 2013

So you made it to New Orleans to fully immerse yourself in comedy. So far so good! But maybe you want to see some of the sights and eat some of the food and enjoy some of the perks of the Big Easy between shows. We got you covered: here’s the Hell Yes Fest Guide of Things TO DO In NOLA.

TO EAT: Cheap Enough and Doesn’t Suck

  • Pizza Delicious (Bywater): Giant,...

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We ♥ Our Sponsors

We ♥ Our Sponsors

Nov 13, 2013

One of the things that makes Hell Yes Fest so uniquely wonderful is that it has some of the most badass, incredible sponsors on the planet. Lucky for you, our sponsors also offer basically everything you need to live in the city of New Orleans — from haircuts to burgers to cross fit (what more does one need?). Read up on some of our amazing sponsors below.

Aidan Gill for Men has a reputation it deserves:...

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Hell Yes Festing? Get Ready to Party

Hell Yes Festing? Get Ready to Party

Nov 7, 2013

There has never been a Hell Yes Fest quite like this one, and that’s owed in part to Bryan Wooldrich, who has scheduled maximum-level fun after-parties for badge-wearing fest-goers for each and every night.

Party festivities start out with a bang at One Eyed Jacks (615 Toulouse St) on Tuesday at 8 p.m., before the first show for the official HYF After-Party Pre-Party event sponsored by Apptitude and NOLA Ice Cream. Stick around after the show...

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Film Geeks

Film Geeks

Oct 29, 2013

This year, Hell Yes Fest offers some of the top stand-up comedians in the country, some of the best improv troupes ever trained, and sketch that has topped the list of performances nationwide. But this year, the festival will put forth something completely new and daring; something no comedy festival in the South has ever done before: its very own film festival.

The festival, run by movie mastermind Michael Domangue, received submissions from all over the...

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Viewers Like You Are Just Like You — But Cooler

Viewers Like You Are Just Like You — But Cooler

Oct 16, 2013

About a year ago, most of the members of Viewers Like You — an improv team out of New Orleans, Louisiana — had just signed up for their first Level One improv class out of The New Movement. Each one of them is such a distinct and unique person, it’s hard to see what they all have in common. And then you watch them do improv, and it all becomes clear.

Viewers Like You —...

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Vanessa Gonzalez May Not Know Words, But She Knows Comedy

Vanessa Gonzalez May Not Know Words, But She Knows Comedy

Oct 14, 2013

If you asked someone to describe Vanessa Gonzalez in one word, they might be hard-pressed. That’s because Gonzalez is so multi-talented, it’s difficult to pick just one thing. You might have to pick, “unbelievably versatile.” But that’s two words. We know. We can count.

Like, she’s an incredible improviser who performs with myriad groups in Austin, including Handbomb. She’s written, performed, and toured sketch comedy with the best of them. She has been featured...

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Being rude. On Purpose

Being rude. On Purpose

Oct 10, 2013

At a recent stand-up comedy show called Comedy Beast at the Howling Wolf Den in New Orleans, Lauren LaBorde took the stage. LaBorde has a self-described “writerly brain and a dour continence,” and her comedy reflects it. With a cool, dry delivery, LaBorde is the comic equivalent of a martini: her work is smart, quiet, and has a kick. The room loved her.

In the back, Colleen Allerton – who was preparing to go on stage...

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Fundraiser Will Kickstart The Career of Stand Up Comics to Be

Fundraiser Will Kickstart The Career of Stand Up Comics to Be

Oct 9, 2013

On October 15, Rampart Street’s Little Gem Saloon will open its doors for one of the biggest, coolest events in New Orleans’ comedy history: an event The New Movement is calling Rookie of the Year.

Rookie of the Year is a twist on a traditional stand-up show. Instead of featuring only well-known stand up comedians, the Rookie of the Year show will feature improv comedians who have never really tried their hand at stand up,...

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You, Me, Them, Everybody Bring A Unique Podcasting Style to Hell Yes Fest

You, Me, Them, Everybody Bring A Unique Podcasting Style to Hell Yes Fest

Oct 7, 2013

Brandon Wetherbee is the kind of person who immediately makes you interested in whatever he has to say. He’s got that certain kind of charm that’s simultaneously self-effacing and confident; his conversational style can only be described as magnetic.

So it’s a good thing that Wetherbee spends his Monday and Tuesday nights producing a podcast. You, Me, Them, Everybody is an interview-style podcast that is usually recorded live in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore or Washington,...

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