IMPROV WINS CONFERENCE
JANUARY – AUSTIN
An annual celebration of improv education with instructors from all over the country’s most notable improv schools. Registration opens about 2 months prior to the conference. Improv Wins is also a regularly updated web-zine with all kinds of improv-related content AND it’s a book written by TNM founders Chris Trew & Tami Nelson. Read it! Information on past conferences can be found here and follow Improv Wins on Twitter here.
THE MEGAPHONE MARATHONS
JULY – AUSTIN + NEW ORLEANS
Every year, each TNM city celebrates TNM’s anniversary by hosting an ambitious comedy festival and family reunion-like party! For 2 weeks, TNMers journey to perform in their brother and sister cities – filling their days with workshops and intensives and filling their nights with showcases of all the best past, present, and future TNM shows. Everybody wins!
HELL YES FEST
NOVEMBER – NEW ORLEANS
Hell Yes Fest is the biggest comedy event in the Gulf South. The best established and up and coming standup comedians, sketch, and improv comedy groups descend upon New Orleans every November. The festival also expanded with HYF: Film (2012-present), and is currently expanding into HYF: Video Games (2014) and HYF: Food (2015). There is no call for submissions, the entire festival is curated by TNM co-founder Chris Trew. Follow Hell Yes Fest on Twitter here.