Hell Yes Fest! : : A Bad Ass Comedy Festival : : http://www.hellyesfest.com Sat, 15 Nov 2014 00:16:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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!

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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 Sophie 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
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.


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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.

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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

1
Completing any challenge on the chart marked with a “•” in front of it will earn you points.

2
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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