HUKA Entertainment and The New Movement are proud to announce the 4th Annual Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans, LA on October 1st-11th, 2015.
Founded in 2011 by The New Movement, Hell Yes Fest is the Gulf Coast’s largest comedy (Improvisational, Standup, Sketch) and film festival featuring acts such as Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), Doug Benson (Super High Me) stand-up set and live podcast taping (Doug Loves Movies Podcast), Neal Brennan (Comedy Central Presents Chappelle’s Show, Half Baked), Todd Barry (Louie [FX], Road Trip), Nikki Glaser (Trainwreck, Last Comic Standing), Neil Hamburger (Tom Green’s House Tonight!, Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) and more.
This year’s festival has expanded to include a bevy of firsts. Through a new partnership with HUKA Entertainment (The BUKU Music + Art Project, Tortuga Music Festival, Pemberton Music Festival), Hell Yes Fest is committed to showcasing larger talent and attracting a wider audience by leveraging HUKA’s talent-buying power and production experience to establish itself as a premier national comedy event.
Additionally, 2015 marks the first year the festival has accepted submissions from acts throughout the country that wish to perform. After receiving over one thousand submissions, the festival has selected its top-picks, including but not limited to: Bad Example (Sketch – Austin, TX), Bunker 13 (Improv – Seattle, WA) and Janine Brito (Standup – Los Angeles, CA). Also a first, the festival has expanded to include performances in the Uptown neighborhood of New Orleans at the Freret St. PubliQ House, a venue that has quickly made a name for itself as the uptown comedy destination by booking shows such as Wyatt Cenac and Sasheer Zamata among others.
“We’re looking forward to the level of growth we’re experiencing with the fest this year,” says Chris Trew, founder of The New Movement and Hell Yes Fest. “More venues, more out of town performers, more shows, and through our partnership with HUKA, I’m looking forward to showing off the local comedy scene on a national level.” Trew was recently voted the best stand-up comic in New Orleans at the 2015 Gambit Best of New Orleans Awards.
The film portion of the event will expand its programming with shows that mix interactive live comedy with multimedia. This includes a special edition of Part 2: Unnecessary Sequels (Austin, TX), a popular show that will feature award winning writer/director/producer Amy Heckerling (Clueless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Look Who’s Talking, Loser) judging terrible pitches centered around her 90’s hit film, Clueless. Also scheduled is the world premiere of Cracking Up, a documentary that explores the mental health of several brave standup comedians from New Orleans. The aforementioned shows and many more will be coupled with a select list of comedic videos submitted to Hell Yes Fest from filmmakers throughout the world.
Tickets are on sale now at www.HellYesFest.com/Tickets.