San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Cassidy Henehan (New Orleans)
Cassidy Henehan has been doing stand-up comedy since 2002 and all he got was this crummy t-shirt. He's either the best comic you've never heard of or a pretty good comic that you already know about. 5'9/160/Virgo
Katie East (New Orleans)
Katie East recently moved back to Louisiana after a five-year stint in New York City performing stand up, improv and her one-woman show "Sick Girl." After improvising together, Patrice O'Neal once gave her $40 and told her to buy new clothes.
Pat Bishop (Los Angeles)
Pat is an editor for The Birthday Boys on IFC, a member of the sketch group WOMEN, and a former writer/director for Funny or Die where his video "The Wire: the Musical" won a Webby for Best Comedy Short. He got very good grades in school and still reads over 3 books a year sometimes.
Matt Wayman (Denver)
Denver's #1 Beanie Baby Comic is coming back down South. With the goal "To put the can, back in Canal", come check him out at this years Hell Yes Fest!
Lane Lonion is a comedian from Lafayette, Louisiana and co-owner of a potato farm in Henry, Louisiana. The other owner of the potato farm also has a cow farm where Lane sometimes helps out but doesn't like it all that much.
Shawn Dugas is a stand-up comic and improviser who also hosts The Choose Your Own Podcast. He currently lives in New York, but is originally from New Orleans, or at least that's what he tells people because nobody knows or care where or what Metairie is.
John F. O'Donnell (pictured): According to the Comedy Central Insider Blog, "John F. O'Donnell is one of the more explosive comics in New York City. On stage, he's like a tightly capped liter of soda filled with lit fireworks." John's been featured in the New York Times and LA Times, and he's a favorite on the 'Keith and The Girl' podcast.
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.