If laughter is the best medicine, Hell Yes Fest is your cure. Known as the largest comedy festival in the Gulf South, Hell Yes Fest draws local and national talent to New Orleans for five days of non-stop laughs from November 15-19. You can expect improv, standup, and sketch comedy shows as well as film, food, and a few other surprises. Tickets for each show are $10 in advance on the Hell Yes Fest website, and you can purchase an all-fest wristband for $50.
At this year’s fest, you’ll find shows at various locations featuring up-and-coming comedians, diversity-focused shows, and international comedians. And there’s an opportunity for the kids to be a part of the fun too. While many of the shows take place at the New Movement Theater on 2706 St. Claude Avenue, be sure to check the website for locations and more information on all of the shows. Here’s a look at some of the Hell Yes Fest highlights.
NOLA Comedy Night
This block of shows features local troupes and comedians to kick off the festival on Wednesday night. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the New Movement, you’ll have a chance to check out some of the best local talent and laugh along with them. Sometimes the best comedy is the kind that resonates with locals, but anyone is sure to enjoy these shows on opening night.
Hell Yes Headliners
Some of the nation’s best up-and-coming comedians are featured in the headliners section of the festival. This is a unique chance to see the next generation of comedians before they make it big, so get your tickets early. All throughout the fest, these shows will be scattered at various locations, so you’ll have more than one chance to catch a show. In addition to the talent, the Hell Yes Next competition finalists and winner will be announced.
Heck Yes Fest
Hell Yes Fest isn’t just for grownups – this portion of the festival is perfect for up-and-coming youngsters who’d like to have a crack at taking the stage. From 5p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, bring the kids to the New Movement for this showcase of comedy.
The Last Show
Featuring a mystery lineup, this is the closing show of the festival. Head on over to the New Movement at 10 p.m. on Sunday to get your last laughs in.