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Preview: Hell Yes Fest

A dozen best bets from the 10-day comedy festival in New Orleans


The Hell Yes Fest comedy festival runs Oct. 1-11 at venues throughout New Orleans.

Below are 12 shows to see. Visit for tickets and details.

Sean Patton
10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2 Cafe Istanbul, New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave.
The unpredictable stand-up comic and hometown hero performs with Matteo Lane, Nato Green and Molly Ruben-Long.

8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 Hi-Ho Lounge, 2239 St. Claude Ave.
New Orleans duo Massive Fraud pre-sents the stand-up and filmed sketches showcase.

Part 2: Unnecessary Sequels: Clueless edition with Amy Heckerling
10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 The Theatre at St. Claude, 2240 St. Claude Ave.
Comics pitch a Clueless reboot.

Tim Heidecker
10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5 Freret Street Publiq House, 4528 Freret St.
The comedian and co-creator of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Tom Goes to the Mayor performs stand-up.

Hell Yes Next
7:30 p.m. & 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6 The New Movement, 2706 St. Claude Ave.
Hell Yes Fest hosts a locals-only lineup of newer comics.

Neil Hamburger
7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 Cafe Istanbul
Gregg Turkington — he of the miserable stand-up persona — performs with Matt Braunger.

Doug Loves Movies
10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8 Cafe Istanbul
Doug Benson hosts a live recording of his popular podcast.

Baron Vaughn
10:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8
Hi-Ho LoungevThe stand-up comic performs with Super Henehan, Julie Mitchell and Lisa Friedrich.

77 Cents: An Unapologetically Feminist Comedy Show and Coloring Book Party
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 Cafe Istanbul
Molly Ruben-Long hosts a stand-up showcase with Farah Brook, Sara June, Josh Androsky, Kaitlin Marone, Ella Gale, Anna Seregina and Alex Kumin, and there's also a coloring book of women comics from artist and comedian Sophie Lucido Johnson.

Picture This
8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 Hi-Ho Lounge
The Los Angeles-based, high-concept show from Brandie Posey and Sam Varela presents stand-up comics and voice actors — who are illustrated live by animators and cartoonists.

Todd Barry
10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 Cafe Istanbul
The stand-up comic performs with Andrew Polk, Christina Parrish and Terance McDavid.

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