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Standup, Sketch, and a New Awards Show Flavor Hell Yes Fest 2014

We’ve got dozens of festivals celebrating music, food, and film, but letting the bon temps rouler has to include a little laughter, too. Fortunately, Hell Yes Fest – New Orleans’ only comedy festival – is back from Nov. 12-16. Presented by The New Movement comedy conservatory and theater, the festival spans five days and seven venues featuring headliners including The Grawlix and Sean O’Connor. On any given night, you’ll find a variety of comic happenings including standup, improv, sketch and storytelling.

improv comedy at Hell Yes Fest 2013
Improv comedy at the 2013 Hell Yes Fest (photo: Brian Tarney)

Take a closer look at some of HYF’s offerings, based loosely on the ideal schedule of festival curator Chris Trew:

Bold Open

Sticking with tradition, HYF’s opening performance will feature local comedians. This year, the event highlights comedians who run weekly shows. For $10, you can settle in at Café Istanbul for a lineup of some of the city’s best performers, including Jodi Borrello, Dane Faucheux, Andrew Polk and Cyrus Cooper.

If You’re Game

The comedy group Do-Gooder Gamers will host LateBit: Comedy Gaming on Thursday night at Café Istanbul. Pitting comedians against audience, this gaming challenge is a variety show with a cause: each performance helps raise funds for charity, and all you have to do is laugh.

The New Movement co-founders Chris Trew and Tami Nelson at Hell Yes Fest 2013 (photo: Brian Tarney)

Fifty Shades of Fan Fiction

A live version of the comedy podcast Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, (part of the Nerdist Network) this Friday night event features 10 comics writing and performing erotic fan fiction on the spot. Audience suggestions might come into play, so head to Café Istanbul prepared with your best pitches.

The Wiseau Awards

A nod to actor/director Tommy “Oh, Hi Mark!” Wiseau and his so-bad-it’s-good cult film, The Room, this awards show celebrates the best of Hell Yes Fest’s films on Sunday night at The New Movement theater. Festival organizers liken it to the Academy Awards, noting that they “expect it to be exactly like the Oscars but a lot dumber and more prestigious.”

Most shows are $10, and All Fest wristbands are available for $95. Review a complete festival schedule here.

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