Hell Yes Fest comedy festival headliners include Tim Heidecker, Doug Benson, Neal Brennan and more


The fourth annual Hell Yes Fest comedy festival returns to New Orleans next month with a stacked lineup of stand-up comics, sketch groups, showcases and podcasts featuring national and local performers at venues across town.

Tim Heidecker will headline one of the festival's first shows at 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5. Heidecker is one half of comedy duo Tim & Eric (of Time & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, Tom Goes to the Mayor, Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories and Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule, among others). He also co-hosts the film "review" web series and podcast On Cinema with Gregg Turkington (aka Neil Hamburger, who also performs at the festival this year). His latest is the insane and satirical spiritual self-help book Zone Theory. Heidecker also appeared in New Orleans last year with his "southern rock band" Pusswhip Banggang at The Howlin' Wolf and with Wareheim and Dr. Brule himself (John C. Reilly) for their elaborate live show at the Civic Theatre — read his Gambit interview here.

  • Doug Benson.
Comic Doug Benson also will brings his popular Doug Loves Movies podcast to the festival on Thursday, Oct. 6, featuring Benson and guests goofing on films. Benson performs standup on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Other headliners include Neal BrennanTodd Barry, Nikki Glaser, James Adomian, Matt Braunger, Baron Vaughn and Sean Patton, as well as director Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless). Heckerling will judge bad Clueless-inspired pitches as part of the Austin, Texas based show Part 2: Unnecessary Sequels.

The festival also has strong local support, with New Orleans comics Cassidy Henehan, Duncan Pace, Shawn Dugas, Cyrus Cooper, Addy Najera, Andrew Polk and Chris Trew, among others, with local shows and acts Karatefight, rude., Raw Honey, Liquid Ass, Go Ahead, Drunktoons, The Hook and Stupid Time Machine. Check the full-ish lineup here.

This year, the festival also has partnered with HUKA Entertainment, which co-produces The Buku Music + Art Project.

Hell Yes Fest 2015 is Oct. 1-11. For a full list of shows and tickets, click here.

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