The New York Comedy Festival brings dozens of internationally acclaimed stand-up and sketch comedians—including Jessica Williams, Phoebe Robinson, Nick Offerman and Vir Das—to stages throughout the City. Here are some of the highlights:
November 6–9, Apollo Theater
America’s favorite tall, redheaded, self-deprecating TV funnyman returns to the city where he made his name with another week of shows at the Apollo Theater. Tickets are free, but good luck getting your hands on them.
Comedy at the Corner
November 7, Hungry Ghost Fulton
This small coffeeshop show hosts a special edition as part of a New York Comedy Festival Bar Crawl. The lineup includes Sean Patton, Aparna Nancherla and the show’s founder (and nycgo.com contributor), Keenan Steiner.
Stand Up for Heroes
November 7, Madison Square Garden
This big benefit show features John Mulaney, Trevor Noah, Conan O’Brien, Hasan Minhaj, John Oliver and Jon Stewart.
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
November 8, CBS Broadcast Center
Sam Bee's news-satire show, which airs on TBS, films regularly in New York City. If you're in town for the festival, why not see about getting tickets for a taping while you're here?
Hidden Fences With Jordan Temple
November 8, The Bell House
Comedian Jordan Temple wrote this combination of Hidden Figures and Fences in which a team of black female mathematicians works to help Troy from Fences become the first black man to slug a baseball into outer space.
November 8, Carolines on Broadway
Chris Hardwick, whom you may have seen on Singled Out, @Midnight or Talking Dead, performs stand-up comedy.
A Toast to the OGs of Comedy with Tracy Morgan and Cedric the Entertainer
November 8, Skirball Center
See sets by young comics, followed by a chat with Tracy Morgan and Cedric the Entertainer.
November 9, Madison Square Garden
Staten Island’s own Impractical Jokers on are TruTV roughly 24 hours a day, and they’ve also gotten big enough to headline Madison Square Garden—a venue whose size, for most comedy acts, makes it impractical.
November 9, Villain
Whiplash, which savvy comedy fans know is one of the best places to see huge comedy stars on the cheap, is usually at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. This New York Comedy Festival edition of the show takes place at Villain in Brooklyn, and features Janeane Garofalo, Roy Wood Jr., Michelle Wolf and many more. Who knows? You may even get a celebrity pop-in.
November 10, Villain
Will Miles, Kenny DeForest and Clark Jones—who usually host the popular Sunday night comedy show at the Knitting Factory—are also at the helm here for a lineup that includes Chris Gethard (The Chris Gethard Show, naturally), Dulce Sloan (The Daily Show), Anthony DeVito (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert) and more.
Best of UCBT NY
November 10, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
This all-star improv show includes a performance of Improvised Seinfeld, so you should definitely go.
Two Dope Queens
November 10, The Bell House
Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams bring their podcast to The Bell House for the New York Comedy Festival. You may also know them from their work on WNYC, The Daily Show, Girls and elsewhere.
November 11, The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Bill Maher brings his political jokes to the stage. We bet he’ll say something to make someone feel uncomfortable.
November 12, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
New Saturday Night Live writer Sam Jay is also an accomplished standup comedian who’s appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live (among other places). See her live at this show.