Hell Yes Fest! : : A Bad Ass Comedy Festival : : http://www.hellyesfest.com Fri, 24 Oct 2014 02:03:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hell Yes Fest Workshops Announced! http://www.hellyesfest.com/hell-yes-fest-workshops-announced/ http://www.hellyesfest.com/hell-yes-fest-workshops-announced/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:00:24 +0000 ctrew http://www.hellyesfest.com/?p=2057 Hell Yes Fest is proud to offer workshops from the talented performers that come in for our festival. Below you will find info and registration links for this year’s current cool stuff. We highly recommend...]]> Hell Yes Fest is proud to offer workshops from the talented performers that come in for our festival. Below you will find info and registration links for this year’s current cool stuff. We highly recommend registering as early as possible because these tend to sell out.


Storytelling Workshop w/Giulia Rozzi
Saturday, November 15, 2014 @ 1pm-4pm
Cost: $50Giulia Rozzi
Description: 
Take your personal experiences and turn them into an entertaining, engaging, and funny performance! Whether you want to perform in front of an audience or simply get better at telling a good story – this one day workshop will introduce you the art of comedic storytelling and help you get more comfortable being yourself as you share stories about yourself.

About the Instructor: Giulia Rozzi is a NYC based writer, actress, and comedian. Her personal, blunt, and animated comedy has earned her the honor of being a Moth GrandSLAM Champion, a Boston Comedy Festival finalist, one of The Frisky’s Top 15 To Watch, and two ECNY “Best Female Stand Up” nominations. She has also performed and written two solo shows: Stupid Foreigners and Bad Bride (which is currently running at the Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC). Giulia also co-hosts the highly acclaimed nationally touring storytelling show Stripped Stories as well as Dive Comedy at Freddy’s Backroom in Brooklyn. She’s appeared on MTV, Vh1, Chelsea Lately, TLC, Playboy TV, Late Night Republic and CNN. As a writer Giulia has worked on MTV’s Girl Code and Silent Library. She has also contributed to BUST, Esquire.com, XOJane.com, Playgirl, NY Press, Gawker, AOL, Lifetimetv.com, and The Huffington Post. She was also a contributor to the anthology “My Parents Were Awesome” and a contributor and associate editor for the Mortified book series. More about Giulia at giuliarozzi.com.

Wanna see Giulia in storytelling action? HERE is her Moth GrandSlam winning story and HERE and HERE she tells a story at Risk!

Hip-Hop Workshop w/North Coast
Saturday, November 15, 2014 @ 1pm-3pm
Cost: $30
Description: COMING SOON!

About the Instructors: COMING SOON!

 


Workshop w/Tim & Micah
Saturday, November 15, 2014 @ 3:30pm-5:30pm
Cost: $30
Description: COMING SOON!

About the Instructors: COMING SOON!

 

 

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Hell Yes Fest Schedule Announced! http://www.hellyesfest.com/hell-yes-fest-schedule-announced/ http://www.hellyesfest.com/hell-yes-fest-schedule-announced/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:04:52 +0000 ctrew http://www.hellyesfest.com/?p=2053 Oh shit! Our schedule just leaked out of our hacked iCloud accounts, so now all the world gets to lay their grubby eyes on what we’re doing with who and when. It’s soooo embarrassing. But...]]> Oh shit! Our schedule just leaked out of our hacked iCloud accounts, so now all the world gets to lay their grubby eyes on what we’re doing with who and when. It’s soooo embarrassing. But since it’s already out there, you may as well look at it below.

Tickets for most Hell Yes Fest shows are $10 online/$12 @ the door. Wanna see all the below shows for super cheap? Get an All-Fest Wristband! Over 40 shows in 5 days, featuring 100+ performers across 8 venues…all for under $100!
Click on any show name to buy individual tickets.


Wed, Nov. 12

 


Thurs, Nov. 13

 


Fri, Nov. 14

 


Sat, Nov. 15

 


Sun, Nov. 16

 

There, happy now? Well…what do you think? Pretty sweet, eh?

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First Lineup of 2014 is Here! http://www.hellyesfest.com/first-lineup-of-2014-is-here/ http://www.hellyesfest.com/first-lineup-of-2014-is-here/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 18:54:37 +0000 ctrew http://www.hellyesfest.com/?p=2006

Also featuring Yusef Roach, Nick Mullen, Rob Gagnon, LaShonda Lester, Hairy Soul Man, Jake Flores, Ariel Elias, Ralph Hardesty, Lisa Friedrich, Neal Statsny, Chris Cubas, Scotland Green, Amber Kenny, Zach Sims, Andy Sell, Avery Reed...]]> hyf 2014 instagram

Also featuring Yusef Roach, Nick Mullen, Rob Gagnon, LaShonda Lester, Hairy Soul Man, Jake Flores, Ariel Elias, Ralph Hardesty, Lisa Friedrich, Neal Statsny, Chris Cubas, Scotland Green, Amber Kenny, Zach Sims, Andy Sell, Avery Reed Moore, Gus Lynch, Chesley Calloway, Clare O’Kane, Dave Child, Ian Douglas Terry, John Buseman, Julia Prescott, KC Arora, Matt Ward, Sean Dugas, Tamra Brown, Terance McDavid, Zach Broussard, Kath Barbadoro, Seth Cockfield, Ron Babcock, Marty DeRosa, Roxy Castillo, John-Michael Bond, Jeff Solomon, Rojo Perez, Daniel Webb, Robert Segovia, Adam Quesnell, Courtney McClean, Alex Falcone, Bubba Harris, Matt Wayman, Joshua Lathe, Boris Khaykin, Janine Brito, Danny Felts, Andrew Goldmeyer, Josh Androsky

Get your Wristband Now!

Improv and Sketch Comedy Added 9/10

Locals Added 9/17

Films Added 9/24

 (all lineups subject to change)

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North Coast Visits the Dirty Coast to Rap Things Up http://www.hellyesfest.com/north-coast-visits-the-dirty-coast-to-rap-things-up/ http://www.hellyesfest.com/north-coast-visits-the-dirty-coast-to-rap-things-up/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:24:31 +0000 Sophie http://www.hellyesfest.com/?p=1957 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...]]> 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 here.

And, if you can’t stop (and won’t stop), North Coast will show you the tricks to turn your grandma raps into Biggie quality rhymes at a hip-hop improv worksheet on Saturday at 3 at the Shadowbox. Learn how to set yourself up, find your flow, and  take your scene work into rapped verses. North Coast has been featured at NCCAF, BICF, and other festivals around the country. There are still some spaces left — register here.

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In NOLA for Hell Yes? Here’s What You Should Do http://www.hellyesfest.com/in-nola-for-hell-yes-heres-what-you-should-do/ http://www.hellyesfest.com/in-nola-for-hell-yes-heres-what-you-should-do/#comments Fri, 15 Nov 2013 12:37:09 +0000 Sophie http://www.hellyesfest.com/?p=1951 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...]]> So you made it to New Orleans to fully immerse yourself in comedy. So far so good! But maybe you want to see some ofNew-Orleans-Louisiana 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, New Yorky slices; always with a vegan option and salads with local ingredients. Also, lots of hip people to look at. 
  • Theo’s Pizza (Uptown, Mid-City): Great big salads, incredible number of choices, high-quality and fresh ingredients, Abita Root beer.
  • Juan’s Flying Burrito (Uptown, Mid-City): Cajun-style Mexican food. Trust us.
  • Shake Sugary (Bywater): Big, flaky pastries with adventurous flavors, like apple-sage-bacon.
  • Pho King at Lost Love Lounge (Marigny): Giant bowls of pho, late at night.
  • Mona’s (Marigny): Basic Mediterranean fare. Nothing to write home about, but CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP, nearby everything you want to be nearby, and there’s always a place to sit.
  • Stein’s Deli (Garden District): Absolutely the best sandwich in town, hand’s down.
  • Booty’s Street Food (Mid-City): Small plates, hipster atmosphere. Their coffee is from Portland, Oregon.

TO EAT: Local Flavor That Isn’t Overrated

  • Domenica (Quarter/ Industrial): World famous pizza; fancy appetizers. Worth it.
  • Cochan (Quarter Industrial): Pork belly and other meaty things. No one ever complains. Except vegans.
  • Dick and Jenny’s (Uptown): You drink out of jars. Seasonal menu; lots of fish.
  • Parkway Bakery and Tavern (Mid-City): This is the po boy shop Barack Obama went to when he visited. Get the bread pudding, too.
  • Commander’s Palace (Garden District): Spend your entire paycheck on brunch, and never forget how good brunch can be.
  • Maurepas (Marigny): Seasonal, ever-changing menu of all local ingredients. Good options for vegetarians.
  • Elizabeth’s (Bywater): Praline bacon. Need we say more?

TO EAT: Vegetarian/ vegan

  • Juan’s Flying Burrito (Uptown/ Mid-City): See above. Get the Mardi Gras Indian tacos (sweet potatoes, cole slaw, beans). 
  • Carmo (Quarter): Everything can be made vegan. Skip the vegan meat; get a big salad. The plantain bread is off the chain.
  • Theo’s Pizza (Uptown/ Mid-City): They have a pizza called “The Veganator.” It’s amazing.
  • Sukho Thai (Uptown/ Marigny): A whole vegetarian/ vegan menu. And it’s good.
  • Hey! Cafe (Uptown): They have weird hummus sandwiches and stuff that vegans love.
  • Green Goddess (Quarter): Upscale, local food with plenty of vegan and gluten free options. You sit in an alley. It’s pretty funky.
  • Satsuma (Marigny): Juice, salads with things like quinoa and sprouts, and sandwiches. Also pancakes on Saturday mornings.
  • Surrey’s (Uptown/ Quarter): Juice, a full menu with at least 10 vegan options.

TO DRINK: And Get Drunk

  • Bar Tonique (Quarter): Fancy drinks. This is the kind of bar where a tutu would not be out of place.
  • Iggy’s (Marigny): Low-key, divey, LOTS of alcohol for your $$$.
  • Pal’s (Mid-City): Neighborhood bar with stacks of board games and nice to go cups that you will want to bring home.
  • Twelve Mile Limit (Mid-City): Hipster bar with pool and nightly happenings like “Vinyl Record Night.”
  • R Bar (Marigny): Hipster bar where you could pick up a girl wearing socks she made herself.
  • Mimi’s (Marigny): Big bar with moderately-priced drinks. There’s often good music upstairs.
  • Saturn Bar (Bywater): Staple of New Orleans, historical anomaly. People say if you haven’t been to Saturn you haven’t been to NOLA.

TO DRINK: And Get Coffee

  • St. Coffee (Marigny): Tiny, hip as can be. Lots of good baked goods from Shake Sugary.
  • Fair Grinds (Mid-City): Very quiet and popular. You could go here to see people with laptops and glasses if you wanted.
  • Zotz (Uptown): Weird collegey coffee place with a strong cup of coffee and plenty to eat.
  • Hey! Cafe (Uptown): Weird collegey coffee place with a strong cup of coffee and plenty to eat.
  • Orange Couch (Marigny): Mellow atmosphere, also has gelato and really good tea.

TO DO: During The Day

  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art (Industrial): Beautiful architecture, amazing variety of exhibits from all Southern artists. 
  • City Park (Mid-City): Rent a boat, grab a bike (or a giant bike), go to the amusement park, see many bodies of water and lots of birds. There’s also the New Orleans Art Museum in there, with a sculpture garden that’s free.
  • Audubon Park (Uptown): Gorgeous giant tree with millions of white birds of every variety. Also, golf.
  • Streetcar (Everywhere): Historic streetcars remain intentionally largely unchanged since the early 1900s. For $1.50 you can gaze out the window at the most beautiful parts of the city.
  • Congo Square (Quarter): The birthplace of jazz has been memorialized beautifully in this newly renovated park. If you’re lucky, Mardi Gras Indians will be practicing in the square.
  • Mississippi River Walk (Quarter): Hop on the ferry and check out the other side of the river. It will feel like an adventure.
  • St. James Cheese Company (Uptown): Great cheese.
  • St. Louis Cemetery (Mid-City): New Orleans cemeteries are famous, and you’ll see why immediately. This one is huge.

TO HEAR: Jazz Music

  • Spotted Cat (Marigny): Tiny, but the best modern jazz in town.
  • Maison (Marigny): Great place to see cheap trad jazz.
  • Maple Leaf (Uptown): If you happen to be uptown, this is a good alternative.

TO DO: At Night

  • GO SEE COMEDY, OBVIOUSLY. Then PARTY.

 

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We ♥ Our Sponsors http://www.hellyesfest.com/we-%e2%99%a5-our-sponsors/ http://www.hellyesfest.com/we-%e2%99%a5-our-sponsors/#comments Wed, 13 Nov 2013 13:23:50 +0000 Sophie http://www.hellyesfest.com/?p=1934 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...]]> 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: the classiest, cleanest, and most classic men’s products and services that will transform any Nobody into That Guy That Every Girl Wants To Go Home With At The Dinner Party. For the holidays, indulge in the quality of Aidan Gill for Men’s collection of hand-crafted razors, stands and shaving brushes made with centuries of English tradition.

Apptitude is an app development studio like no other. They handle the design, development, and marketing of your app, so you can focus on running your business. And bonus: their apps are gorgeous, easy-to-use, and modern as all get-out.

Best of Street‘s mission is to identify, celebrate and empower the best street musicians around the world via a series of recordings that will enable new revenue opportunities while expanding their audiences of potential fans.  They’re looking for folks to help them find the best street musicians in New Orleans, and to raise awareness around their compelling content and social media activities! Get over to their website and give to their KickStarter immediately!

Big Easy Crossfit is the greatest way to get in shape in town. It features one-hour classes of high-intensity functional  heartmovement for your whole body. Strengthen the muscles you use on a daily basis (and some you don’t), with constantly varying workouts to keep you focused on your fitness.

Cheeky Cherry’s Dating Dilemmas is a blog with attitude! It features dating stories as told in the words of Cheeky Cherry. They’re weird, wild, wonderful, and will have you reading for hours on end, glad that some of them haven’t happened to you!

For hungry folks, there is also the inimitable Company Burger, where no burgers can be beat; the delicious and sumptuous New Orleans Ice Cream Company, which frequently hears complaints about their ice cream being “too good”; Theo’s Pizza, home of the best pizza and salad in New Orleans; Green Fork for unbeatable juices and take-aways; and Steins Deli for the best sandwich you’ve maybe ever eaten in your entire life. For Internet aficionados, check out the delightful Judy Walker for great new recipes; Nerd Nite, which is dedicated to finding nerdy happenings around New Orleans; the hilarious Twitter account of the ambiguous Steele Industries. For professional types out there, there’s the always-helpful BadCredit Loans and Villere Realty. And don’t forget to check out the incredible Improv Wins for all things improv, and Air Sex Finals for the greatest invisible-object show on earth.

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Hell Yes Festing? Get Ready to Party http://www.hellyesfest.com/hell-yes-festing-get-ready-to-party/ http://www.hellyesfest.com/hell-yes-festing-get-ready-to-party/#comments Thu, 07 Nov 2013 17:07:07 +0000 Sophie http://www.hellyesfest.com/?p=1908 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...]]> 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 to meet the performers and kick off HYF the proper way.

Wednesday night will bring party-seekers to Kajun’s Pub (2256 St Claude Ave) at 10 p.m. Some of the best food and drinks in town AND karaoke are on the table.

The Iggy’s Championship Debate Series, hosted by Tami Nelson, will be the featured after-party at midnight. Find us at Iggy’s (1943 N Rampart St), right around the corner from TNM. Pick a side, grab a drink, and get ready for a debate of epic proportion where the only thing higher than the stakes will be the bar tab.

Friday’s after-party is one for the record books. At 10:30 p.m., partygoers can head to Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar (620 Decatur St) for French Quarter shenanigans that will them hungry for more.

There are two parties on Saturday: at noon it’s ‘New Orleans vs. The World’ Kickball Game at Annunciation Square (The corner of Annunciation St. & Orange St.). Meet at the field to sign up; it’s sponsored by NOLA Ice Cream. Then, after the shows, there’s a balcony party on Bourbon Street that you’d have to be a fool to miss.

Sunday is the After-Party After Party. Join us for drinks at the Hi-Ho Lounge (2239 St Claude Ave) to share your favorite HYF stories at the Cool Down event of the century.

All parties will also engage partygoers in racking up “After-Party Game Points,” complete with fabulous prizes. Check the chart below to make sure you’re in the loop, and don’t forget to tag #HYFAP in all online posts!

Night

1 Point

Make It A Double (2pts)

Tuesday, Nov 12

•Take a picture with anyone who performed tonight.

•Take a picture of you doing a shot with anyone who performed tonight

Wednesday, Nov 13

•Tweet @ a comedian that performed at Café Istanbul tonight.

•Take a picture of you performing Karaoke at the Kajun’s After-Party.

•Get a reply tweet from a comedian that performed at Café Istanbul tonight.

•Take a picture of you performing Karaoke with someone from a different city at the Kajun’s After-Party.

Thursday, Nov 14

•Get the autograph of anyone who performed tonight.

•Present evidence that you went to a show at any venue tonight.

•Get the autograph of anyone who performed tonight on your forehead. (& take a picture of it)

•Participate in the ‘Iggy’s Championship Debate’ After Party Event. Must Check In.

Friday, Nov 15

•Take a picture at any filming location from a NOLA Web Series.

•Get a drink at any bar in the Quarter. Picture or receipt.

•Present evidence that you went to a show at any venue tonight.

•Confess your sins to the Mississippi River from the River Walk/Levee in a video or Vine.

•Make a short video (or vine) at any filming location from a NOLA Web Series.

•Dance, Sing, or perform in some other manner for at least 1 stranger in the Quarter to pander for $1. Video or Vine.

•Take a tour of any type in the Quarter. Must provide receipt, video, or ticket as evidence.

•Get beignets from Café Du Monde. Picture or receipt.

Saturday, Nov 16

•Play Kickball at the New Orleans vs. The World Kickball Game! Must Check In.

•Take a picture of the craziest thing you can find on Bourbon St tonight.

•Get a homerun in the New Orleans vs The World Kickball Game OR take the Party-Legend Challenge. (details upon arrival at the field)

•Drink a Hand Grenade on Bourbon. Take a picture or save the cup.

Sunday, Nov 17

•Contact TNM After-Party online to confirm your points. (Yes, you get a point for following up with us)

•Bring any evidence to either show tonight at Hi Ho Lounge, in person, & confirm points with HYF After-Party Rep.

Monday, Nov 18

Winners Announced, Prizes Shipped

 

After-Party Games Rules

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Completing any challenge on the chart marked with a “•” in front of it will earn you points.

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Completing challenges in the first column earns you 1 point & completing challenges in the ‘Make It A Double’ column will earn you an additional 2 points. (i.e. if you take a picture of you doing a shot with a performer on Tue night you get 1pt for taking a picture with a performer and another 2pts for it being a picture of you taking shots with them, bringing you to a total of 3pts for the evening.)

3
Participants can only complete each challenge once. You will not receive points for performing the same challenge multiple times

4
Evidence MUST be provided for all completed challenges unless it is a ‘Check In’ event. Evidence can be physical items, like tickets & souvenirs, or social media posts/tweets (with picture or video (or Vine link) if required) that is tagged with #HYFAP on Twitter OR Facebook. We’ll do our best to keep up with all the posts & points but be sure to follow up with us at the end of the festival. *see 1 Point for Sunday, Nov 17

5
Challenges must be completed the day they are listed so please post any evidence online before the first show on the following day; UNLESS you plan to present your evidence in person. *see ‘Make It A Double’ for Sunday, Nov 17

6
Please stick with one social media site to earn points. If you post evidence on Twitter, please just use Twitter for the remainder of the festival. And be sure to use the #HYFAP on all your posts! This makes keeping track of points way easier for us. Thanks!

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Winner’s will be announced Monday Nov 18. The person with the most points will be declared the

 

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How you can help Hell Yes Fest be successful http://www.hellyesfest.com/the-festival-is-coming-and-it-is-huge-and-wed-love-some-help/ http://www.hellyesfest.com/the-festival-is-coming-and-it-is-huge-and-wed-love-some-help/#comments Sat, 02 Nov 2013 22:19:31 +0000 ctrew http://www.hellyesfest.com/?p=1887 How can you help Hell Yes Fest be a big success? Check it out:

Invite a co-worker or best friend or romantic interest to see a show with you. Everyone likes comedy. But everyone loves good...]]> How can you help Hell Yes Fest be a big success? Check it out:

Invite a co-worker or best friend or romantic interest to see a show with you.
Everyone likes comedy. But everyone loves good comedy. What if you met the love of your life at this festival. What. If.

Change your Facebook and/or Twitter avatar to one of our HYF mascots.
Just right click and save one of these two, switch ‘em out with your current avatar(s) and boom, you’re done!

hyf_dino_Sticker hyf_archer_Sticker

Hit up that Facebook/Twitter shit.
Like the Facebook page then share it on your timeline, a friends timeline and that weird guy from high school’s timeline. Invite some friends to our events. You can also follow us on Twitter then get to RT’ing!

Be there
Watch shows, cheer loudly, be cool. It’s #hellyes time!

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Film Geeks http://www.hellyesfest.com/film-geeks/ http://www.hellyesfest.com/film-geeks/#comments Wed, 30 Oct 2013 02:40:07 +0000 Sophie http://www.hellyesfest.com/?p=1870 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...]]> 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 country — and even a few from outside the US. The pieces that were selected run the gamut in terms of content: There are big, independent feature-style films, and wacky living room shorts. There will be debuts from major web series, and even a music video.”

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“There’s bound to be one film screening on our schedule that fits your tastes. With shorts, web series, and features we cover the whole gamut of comedy filmmaking and I really think people are going to see something this year that will deeply surprise them,” said Domangue.

Domangue, whose favorite movie is “Blazing Saddles,” was impressed with the turnout this year, and is inspired for the future. But he’s not about to give away any of his secrets. When we asked him what the selection process was like, he simply said, “If I told you, I’d have to kill you.” And then, after a pause: “It does involve dolphins.”

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Viewers Like You Are Just Like You — But Cooler http://www.hellyesfest.com/viewers-like-you-are-just-like-you-but-cooler/ http://www.hellyesfest.com/viewers-like-you-are-just-like-you-but-cooler/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 20:03:34 +0000 Sophie http://www.hellyesfest.com/?p=1847 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...]]> vlyAbout 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 — who are William Benner, Patrick Eagan, Anne Felter, Thomas Fewer, Robert Sheesley, Anamaraia Vizcaino, and Bryan Wooldridge — really love each other. You can tell when you watch the perform. They each, in their turn, walk on stage and support one another, no matter what choice a teammate makes. At its best, this makes for the silliest, most playful comedy show imaginable, rich with an air of anything-can-happen-ness. If Vizcaino walks on stage as a French aristocrat who has been tied up to a giant doughnut in the middle of a Chuck E. Chees, you can bet that the rest of her team is on board (but, chances are, not going to untie her).

The relatively new team employs a form they created themselves. It begins with a group scene that establishes a world with all eight players. Then the players slowly leave and transition into a La Ronde. This early segment of the pieces serves as fodder for a sort of Armando that makes up the rest of the piece. Eventually, the players find themselves back in the group scene where they started, but at some point in the past or future. It’s amazing to watch, and a unique form for such a young and excited group.

Viewers Like You will perform with Diamonds Are Forever and Strugglebus on Thursday night at 7:30 at Hell Yes Fest. You can buy tickets to see them here.

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