Hell Yes Fest   Hell Yes Fest! : : A Bad Ass Comedy Festival : : http://www.hellyesfest.com The south's premiere comedy festival! Mon, 05 Oct 2015 20:07:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The HYF 2015 schedule is here! http://www.hellyesfest.com/the-hyf-2015-schedule-is-here/ http://www.hellyesfest.com/the-hyf-2015-schedule-is-here/#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2015 05:02:36 +0000 Brock LaBorde http://www.hellyesfest.com/?p=2379 Here’s a handy guide to the 60+ shows happening throughout the festival.

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All tickets now on sale! http://www.hellyesfest.com/all-tickets-now-on-sale/ http://www.hellyesfest.com/all-tickets-now-on-sale/#comments Tue, 22 Sep 2015 19:00:45 +0000 ctrew http://www.hellyesfest.com/?p=2340 Attn: New Orleans comedy fans – all tickets for HYF shows are now on sale. Let’s get to know each other better, yeah? Click that link on the menu up there to the left or...]]> Attn: New Orleans comedy fans – all tickets for HYF shows are now on sale. Let’s get to know each other better, yeah? Click that link on the menu up there to the left or right here – see you soon.

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Fest submissions closed. http://www.hellyesfest.com/submissions-2015/ http://www.hellyesfest.com/submissions-2015/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:13:55 +0000 ctrew http://www.hellyesfest.com/?p=2138 For the first time ever, Hell Yes Fest took submissions for our 2015 festival. The deadline was June 1, the response was overwhelming, and we’re thrilled to be digging through all the improv, standup, and...]]> For the first time ever, Hell Yes Fest took submissions for our 2015 festival. The deadline was June 1, the response was overwhelming, and we’re thrilled to be digging through all the improv, standup, and sketch acts.

We also took submissions for Hell Yes Fest: Film, so if you’ve got shorts, features, sketches, and any other weird video projects, and we can’t wait to announce this year’s lineup!

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Half-Fest Wristbands Now Available! http://www.hellyesfest.com/half-fest-wristbands-now-available/ http://www.hellyesfest.com/half-fest-wristbands-now-available/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:16:11 +0000 Brock LaBorde http://www.hellyesfest.com/?p=2120 Since the fest is half over, we’re offering wristbands at less than half the price for all the remaining shows! Can you believe that? I hope you can. Go to this link and buy one...]]> Since the fest is half over, we’re offering wristbands at less than half the price for all the remaining shows! Can you believe that? I hope you can. Go to this link and buy one now and then maybe you’ll become a believer. Hope to see you at some shows tonight, tomorrow, and Sunday!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hell-yes-fest-2014-all-fest-wristbands-tickets-12936943747

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Girls Rule http://www.hellyesfest.com/girls-rule/ http://www.hellyesfest.com/girls-rule/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:13:08 +0000 Brock LaBorde http://www.hellyesfest.com/?p=2116 by Sophie Lucido Johnson

The idea the women aren’t funny — while idiotic — is unfortunately an ancient and popular one. Last year Bitch Magazine published a “Brief History of ‘Women Aren’t Funny’,”beginning with a quote from...]]> by Sophie Lucido Johnson

LADIES

The idea the women aren’t funny — while idiotic — is unfortunately an ancient and popular one. Last year Bitch Magazine published a “Brief History of ‘Women Aren’t Funny’,”beginning with a quote from William Congreve written in 1695, which reads, “I have never made an Observation of what I Apprehend to be true Humour in Women.” There’s also the well-known Jerry Lewis statement, the Adam Carrolla comment, and, of course, the now-infamous Christopher Hitchens essay published in Vanity Fair titled, “Why Women Aren’t Funny.” The whole notion that ladies can’t make people laugh is such a common trope that McSweeney’s Internet Tendency recently published a satirical list of “Reasons Women Aren’t Funny” (incidentally written by a woman), which includes “Ryan Gosling is just too dreamy for women to ever fully focus on coming up with a good punch line,” and “Penisless.”

To all of that, Hell Yes Fest 2014 says, “Go fuck yourself.”

The lineup this year is stacked with four one-woman shows, two lady duos, and an all-girl improv team. And here’s the thing about the women making comedy happen in New Orleans this weekend: they’re crazy-smart, unapologetic, and they’ll be putting up some of the hands-down best shows you will see for the entire festival.

On Thursday at 8 p.m., you can catch a ladies-only line-up at the Shadowbox Theatre, featuring the inimitable Austin comedian Megan Simon and her one-woman show “Impressionable.” Megan is so charming and pretty that you feel skeptical at first that she can make you laugh. And then she will take the stage and within the first ten seconds, you’ll have milk coming out of your nose. (Really, shame on you for drinking milk at a comedy show.) Before you know it, you’re hooked on Megan. You won’t be alone: she’s got a fan base for a reason.

Raw Honey will co-headline with Megan: they’re a sketch duo featuring Molly Ruben Long and Kate Mason, both of whom I’m openly obsessed with. Raw Honey shows are quietly brilliant and loudly hilarious: Molly and Kate expertly tie in themes about feminism, culture, and class through their offbeat character work and absurd world-building. They have a magnetism with each other that’s palpable; you want to go to whatever party they’re going to later because you can tell either it’ll be awesome, or Molly and Kate won’t be afraid to leave early. These women are honest about themselves and unafraid to show it; their sketch work is not to be missed.

After that show, stick around for the 9:30 lineup, which will knock your socks offFeathers and Machine A are absolutely two of the finest improv acts New Orleans has to offer, and they both bring their own totally unique feminist energy to the stage. Feathers — which is made up of New Orleans improvisers Kate Adair, Riot Mueller, Eritria Pitts, Emily Eagan, and Kacey Musick — has brought back the mono-scene in New Orleans, making improv that tells a story and demands your attention. Feathers plays with dramatic teamwork unlike any I’ve seen in my comedy-watching career: they listen to each other and carefully create worlds for the stage that are both consistent and compelling.

Machine A is a duo made up of New Orleans theatre sensations Cecile Monteyne and Chris Kaminstein. Cecile is my personal hero and a dramatic genius (Chis isn’t bad, either); they’ve toured the country with this act and the world is in love with them, so you might as well join the club, if you haven’t already.

Then on Friday at 8:30 p.m., come on down to the AllWays Lounge to see world-famous (seriously: WORLD-FAMOUS) Guilia Rozzi’s Bad Bride. Guilia is a Moth GrandSLAM champion, a Boston Comedy Festival finalist, and a two-time ECNY Best Female Stand Up nominee. She’s also adorable, hilarious, and blunt; she’s exactly the kind of comedian who smashes that whole “women aren’t funny” mentality to proverbial pieces. Oh yeah, and, uh, I’ll be opening for her. Excuse me while I wipe the stars out of my eyes.

Guilia’s also leading a workshop over the weekend — on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., she’ll guide participants in the art of comedic storytelling. Trust me when I say that this is sort of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Can’t get enough of jaw-scrapingly good one-woman shows? Lucky you: Friday at 9 p.m. the festival features TWO of them on the same ticket. TNM Nola will host Vanessa Gonzalez in “I Don’t Know Dating,” alongside Tami Nelson’s terrific Oakwood Glenn. Vanessa is one of the human beings on this earth I look up to the most. She is one of the funniest human beings who has ever been born, she’s fiercely ambitious, and she’s constantly getting better. Her work is at once belligerent, gentle, hysterical, controversial, and utterly perfect. I’m not exaggerating: this show is gonna make your socks fall off. (But really, shame on you for wearing socks to a comedy show.)

Oakwood Glenn is likewise sensational. Thematically, it’s challenging in all the best ways. Tami writes material and performs with a measured boldness that makes you wonder how she’s not on television yet. It’s really only a matter of time, so you should watch this and say you saw her when.

Finally, do yourself a favor and go see some sketch that will exceed your expectations so profoundly that you might explode. (But really, shame on you for eating all that dynamite.) On Friday at 10:30 p.m., New Orleans’ own viral sensation rude. will take the stage alongside Austin’s tremendous Bad Example at the AllWays Lounge. Colleen Allerton and Lauren Laborde make up rude. and they’re just returning from an epic comedy tour (with the much-adored insanely talented Stupid Time Machine). Watching Colleen and Lauren together is like watching “Broad City,” in that you can intuit the depth and honesty of their friendship; but it’s better because it’s live and there’s less weed. They are prolific and brilliant, and you’d be idiotic to miss them. Bad Example is the only sketch group I’ve ever heard people laugh uncontrollably at just from reading over their scripts. They feature the powerhouse skills of Cody Cartagena, Roxy Castillo, Micheal Foulk, Ariel Greenspoon, Vanessa Gonzalez and Jeff Whitaker. I guess I’m just saying that if you miss this show you’ll probably be sad for the rest of your life.

So, to summarize: if you ever wanted proof that women are funny… well, first of all, you shouldn’t be allowed to vote. But also, HELL YES FEST IS THE BEST PROOF EVER. Game, set, match.

 

 

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A Word From Our Film Programmer http://www.hellyesfest.com/a-word-from-our-film-programmer/ http://www.hellyesfest.com/a-word-from-our-film-programmer/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:12:18 +0000 ctrew http://www.hellyesfest.com/?p=2077 This year marks Hell Yes Fest Film’s second year of programming. Here at HYFF, we’ve made a priority of casting as wide a net as possible to seek out comedy from around to world to play here...]]> This year marks Hell Yes Fest Film’s second year of programming. Here at HYFF, we’ve made a priority of casting as wide a net as possible to seek out comedy from around to world to play here in New Orleans. With that in mind, here are a few reasons why you should make time during your busy HYF week to check out some HYFF screenings.

THURSDAY NIGHT

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Do you like songs about love? Are you ambivalent about where said love is directed? Hairy Soul Man is making his way straight from Melbourne, Australia to show his latest short film Loving Myself.

If music isn’t your thing, we’ve got Hire Me Spielberg which in its own way is about one person’s irrational love towards a certain Oscar-winning filmmaker.

If your only love comes from a website, then you need to see the award-winning short Avery, Offline, which will be making one of it’s final festival screenings at HYFF. It’s about a woman proposed to via meme who decides to spend a day offline, which doesn’t go all that well.

Have you ever seen a romantic musical set in WWII and sung entirely in French? Amour et Commando is 12 minutes of absurdity that can only come from our cheese-loving neighbors across the sea. We assure you that this will be the strangest thing you see all week. In a good way.

All these shorts, and many more from around the world, will be shown at the beautiful Indywood Theater. Tickets are $10 (or FREE for HYF wristband holders). GET YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE!

FRIDAY NIGHT
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Friday night is PILOT NIGHT! Featuring two amazing pilots from our friends in Chicago (Tim & Micah + Outside The Inner Limits), as well as a very rare screening of the unaired TREW 2 THE GAME pilot. All we can say is that you will see a man dressed as a cat, or is it a cat dressed as a man? Tim & Micah will also be on hand to discuss their amazing pilot taken from their sketch show that has traveled the country and wowed audiences at every stop.

This event will take place at The New Movement NOLA on St. Claude. Tickets are $10 (or FREE for HYF wristband holders). GET YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE!

SATURDAY NIGHT

Saturday night brings our special headliner Colt Cabana to Cafe Istanbul. Colt is one of the nation’s best independent wrestlers and hosts one of the finest podcasts The Art Of Wrestling from his studio…apartment in Chicago. Colt will be screening two special wrestling-themed films, and then mocking the hell out of them in front of a live audience. This is two separate shows – one @ 7pm and one @ 9pm. You don’t have to be a fan of wrasslin’ to be a fan of Colt’s laid-back friendly style, and these shows come highly recommended.

These events will take place at Cafe Istanbul on St. Claude. Tickets are $12 (or FREE for HYF wristband holders). GET YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE!

SUNDAY NIGHT
Last but not least, Hell Yes Fest Film will be hosting our first-ever awards show on Sunday night. Details on this event are highly secret at this point, but expect some special guests to drop in to help us give out awards to filmmakers that made the cut, and even some special awards for those who didn’t. Who knows? There even might be free Surge if we can get our hands on some.

This event will take place at The New Movement NOLA on St. Claude. Tickets are $10 (or FREE for HYF wristband holders). GET YOUR TICKETS RIGHT HERE!

This year’s HYFF is bigger and better than ever, and we hope to see you this November!

- Michael Domangue, Hell Yes Fest Film Head Programmer

 

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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
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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.


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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 Brock LaBorde 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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