The final weekend of the New Orleans comedy festival is HERE!

For the past two weekends, audiences have jammed inside the New Orleans comedy theater for the 2018 installment of Hell Yes Fest. The final weekend is upon us and we

  • don’t want you to miss out
  • want you to be in the audience
  • would love to experience this with you

Are we saying the same thing three different ways? Yes! Are we telling the truth though? Yes!

Tickets for this weekend are available here (cheaper online, plus guarantee a seat). Improv at 8:00p on Friday and Saturday, Stand-Up at 9:30p on Friday and Saturday. Sunday at 7:00p is the final show of the festival.

Let’s roll, Nola.


Stand-Up Comedy & Storytelling Class Saturdays 4:00-6:00p Starting December 1st

Beginning Saturday December 1st at 4:00 (class is 6 weeks)
COST: $200 (class size capped at 14)
Teacher: Clark Taylor

stand-up comedyand storytelling

This course is designed to help students realize their dreams of stand-up comedy, storytelling, or just becoming more comfortable on any stage as a performer.  The goal of this class is to improve personal storytelling style and trying to create a fully realized comedy set in a supportive environment.  Students will be given time to perform in each class with the purpose of getting them comfortable with the form.  Sensitive, open-minded notes will help guide the student’s growth and development.  The class will culminate with a stand-up show at TNM in front of an audience.

About the teacher:
Clark moved to San Francisco and became a part of the comedy boom of the 1980’s and continued as a headliner into the early 2000’s before becoming a full time screenwriter and member of the WGAW.  Starting as an open mic’er at a variety of clubs (including the legendary Holy City Zoo), Clark developed a character-based act which brought some local and national success, headlining various road gigs and appearing on several TV shows in San Francisco, New York and Canada. He headlined the Catch a Rising Star in Boston, was the “house” headliner of Cobb’s Comedy Club, headlined road gigs across the country for a decade, was a regular on the Alex Bennett radio show in San Francisco and opened for musical acts such as Jerry Lee Lewis and the Temptations.  Along the way, Clark performed alongside every major comic in San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles and New York featuring comics such as Robin Williams, Carol Liefer, Jake Johannsen, and Marc Maron.  He also worked with a young W. Kamau Bell in San Francisco on a one man show at The Marsh.  Once in L.A., Clark hired on with old friend Rob Schneider and Adam Sandler as a screenwriter and producer at Touchstone Pictures and wrote and produced on a number of projects with various producers in town.  After leaving Los Angeles, Clark returned to college to earn a Masters degree in History after which he co-wrote and co-produced an environmental documentary, which included writing and voice-directing the great Tom Kenny (“Sponge Bob”) in an animated short film which won several awards.

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Stand-Up & Storytelling Class


Level 1 Improv Comedy Class starting Tuesday December 4th, 6:00-8:00p

Beginning Tuesday December 4th at 6:00 (class is 8 weeks)
COST: $225 (class size capped at 12)
Teacher: Tami Nelson

Jump into the basics of TNM’s original curriculum, get a taste of how TNM produces shows and develops talent, and learn how to connect with your scene partners, friends, employees, and everyone else in your life in a million wonderful new ways. You’ll learn from TNM’s critically-acclaimed faculty for 8 weeks, culminating in a recital in front of a live, paying audience!



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New Orleans Comedy Shows October 26th and 27th

It’s going to be a weird and spooky weekend at TNM – are you ready to hear more? Keep reading, precious.

Friday 8:00p – Lights Up: the most experienced improv group in the entire city of New Orleans (state of Louisiana?) takes the stage for their residency set. Followed by…

Weird Al Tribute Show

Friday 9:30p – The Weird Al Tribute Show: we’ve taken the most ardent fans of the parody master and given them a stage to honor Yankovic any way they choose.

Saturday 8:00p – TNM Mainstage: it’s another edition of co-owner Tami Nelson’s weekly show where she invites a collection of standout students, alumni, and faculty to join her for an hour of improvised comedy.


Saturday 9:30p – Horror Stories From My Love Life: Horror Stories from my Love Life is a storytelling open-mic geared towards the cathartic release of the worst dating stories of all time. If you want to secure your spot to tell a 5-7 minute story from your own life, DM Brooke Bourgeois or email at, and she’ll put you in the lineup.

Improv Workshop: Beats w/ Michael Mixon

The purpose of this workshop is to recognize beats within a scene and set. The first half will be devoted to recognizing the first beat in a scene and stepping back to see what the game truly is. From there we will work to push the game forward instead of just replaying the same beat repeatedly. The second half will be creating entirely new scenes and games based on the first scene that are both relative and unique.

Sunday, Oct. 28th, 3:00-5:00p

$25 Workshop