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Preview: Hell Yes Fest 

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

click to enlarge Gregg Turkington, aka Neil Hamburger, performs Thursday at Cafe Istanbul.

Gregg Turkington, aka Neil Hamburger, performs Thursday at Cafe Istanbul.

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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