Nolen & Nolen (Pittsburgh)
Prepare for the "extra-ordinary" as veteran improvisors Kristy Nolen and Jethro Nolen craft original scenes and invent memorable characters from your suggestions in their long-form show, Nolen & Nolen. This married couple have performed in Chicago, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Dallas and Austin. As co-founders of the Arcade Comedy Theater, you can catch them performing there regularly with the house team Player One and Dinner with the Nolens.
The Austin improv/sketch duo Handbomb is excited to be performing at Hell Yes Fest for the 3rd year in a row. They have been a part of many festivals including Moontower Comedy Festival, FunFunFunFest and Frontera Fest 2012 were they were named "Best of Week" for their show Handbomb Mispresents Romeo and Juliet.
machine A (New Orleans)
machine A is the creation of TNM performers Cecile Monteyne and Chris Kaminstein. During the course of their fully improvised show, the pair follow two characters over time to create moments of comedy, tenderness, and dramatic climax. machine A performs regularly in NOLA, and has toured to Austin, Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit.
"Improvisation in its purest form." - NOLA Defender
When & Where
Hell Yes Fest
Hell Yes Fest is an annual comedy festival held each fall in New Orleans. Spanning multiple nights and venues, HYF has been the Gulf South’s largest comedy festival since 2011. It features the best comedians from The New Movement in Austin and New Orleans, as well as other stellar performers from all over the damn world.
This year’s fest will take place in October 1st–11th. We’ve grown so much that we’re planning to expand the fest into a second week. The first half of the fest will focus on Film and Sketch (October 1st–5th). The second half will focus on Standup and Improv (October 6th–11th), with other surprise shows and formats (Podcast Recordings, Food, Game Shows, Video Games, etc.) sprinkled throughout.
HYF is curated by a staff of improv, sketch, and standup comedians from The New Movement. Head curator is Chris Trew (TNM co-founder & Creative Director), and helping him out are Brock LaBorde (TNM co-founder & General Manager), and a handful of local comedians who know what the hell they’re doing.