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The New Movement: Ringing in the Laughter in the Marigny

The New Movement Theater holds weekly comedy shows and improv classes in New Orleans and hosts the Hell Yes Fest from November 7-11.

Upon walking up to The New Movement comedy theater in the Faubourg Marigny, which opened its doors last February, you’ll see stragglers chatting outside an unassuming building set off from the street and know you’ve reached an underground sanctuary, not unlike those New York or L.A. clubs that grant you bragging rights just for finding them. TNM has none of the exclusivity but just as much magnetism as some of its counterparts in major comedy towns. The theater built upon the existing comedy scene in New Orleans and since its opening has really taken off, offering not just multiple shows a week  like The Megaphone Show and Shipwrecked! once a month, but all levels of improv classes. As a bonus, all shows are very affordable, so a night out at TNM will buy you some cheap thrills, in the most genuine sense.

TNM has fostered a strong community of talented comedians and faithful fans in New Orleans and shows all signs of great things to come. It will host the Hell Yes Fest from November 7 – 11, featuring headliners Christian Finnegan and Duncan Trussell as well as stand up acts and improv troupes at various venues in New Orleans, including TNM. We’re excited to be the hosting city for such an impressive lineup of local, regional and national comedians. Come out to one of TNM’s weekly shows and the Hell Yes Fest to see how we do comedy down here in New Orleans.

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Video Transcript:

CJ Hunt: As you plan your next night out, make sure that it includes a
stop at The New Movement Theater. Tucked away in the heart of the Marigny
neighborhood, right off of Frenchman street, The New Movement is home to
local and national improv, sketch, and standup comedy. Let’s go check it

Comedian: That’s hilarious to me.

Chris Trew: At The New Movement you can expect a variety of improv, sketch,
and standup from nationally known acts and also local acts who
are making a name for themselves. That’s an amazing thing.

Man: Its bringing comedy to the city in a way that I think many people
have tried and failed, and it’s fantastic to see that.

Woman: It’s just a great alternative to your normal weekend
activities, and every time I come in here, I come out completely

CJ Hunt: Every November the theater hosts the Hell Yes Fest, the biggest
comedy festival in the Gulf South. With ambitious festivals,
great shows, and a location right in the middle of the city’s
nightlife, this little underground theater is putting New
Orleans on the map as the nation’s next great comedy city. You
want to get a seat? Get here early. For GO NOLA, I’m CJ Hunt and
I’ll see y’all soon.

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