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Funny Business at the New York Comedy Festival


If laughter is the best medicine, get ready for some healthy, hilarious fun. The New York Comedy Festival is a six-day laughapalooza featuring over 200 comedians in over 60 shows at more than 20 venues throughout the city. This year marks the 12th anniversary of the festival, which is produced by Comedy Central’s Carolines on Broadway. Past years have seen performances by comic heavy-hitters including Amy Schumer, Dane Cook, Louis C.K., John Oliver and Jon Stewart, and this year’s lineup looks to be just as stellar.

The Event

The fun starts on Tuesday, November 10 and culminates on Sunday, November 15. Citi card members can purchase tickets beginning on Tuesday, August 10, and tickets are available for the general public beginning on Monday, August 17. Visitors who plan to attend multiple events may be interested in a festival pass, which is available in September.

The Venues

The Comedy Festival takes place all over New York. Popular venues of the past and present include:

• Beacon Theater
• Brooklyn Bowl
• Carnegie Hall
• Comedy Cellar at the Village Underground
• Film Forum
• Littlefield
• Madison Square Garden
• NYU Skirball Center
• The Hall at MP
• The Knitting Factory
• The Times Center
• The Town Hall
• UCB Theatre Chelsea
• Union Hall
• 92nd Street Y

Check with individual venues for information regarding food and beverage availability, parking and handicap accessibility.

The Performers

The festival has something for everyone, regardless of your taste. You’ll find stand-up comics, improve, sketch, variety and podcast tapings of popular and rising stars from New York, television and abroad. This year’s shows feature filmmakers, former SNL cast members, reality TV stars, Daily Show regulars and YouTube celebrities including:

• Bill Burr
• Margaret Cho
• Lewis Black
• Judd Apatow and Friends
• Kumail Nanjiani
• Kathy Griffin
• Norm Macdonald
• Patton Oswald
• Sarah Silverman
• Gabriel Iglesias
• John Leguizamo
• Trevor Noah
• Nathan Fielder

The event will also feature musical performances and roundtables with the New York Comedy Writers and creators of the Tonight Show and The Nightly Show.

Stand Up For Heroes

Each year comedy’s top names join forces for good at the annual Stand Up For Heroes performance. This benefit show has raised more than $27 million in years past for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, an organization that aids post-9/11 injured service members and their families. Past participants have included Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams and Louis C.K. This year’s lineup includes Ray Romano, Seth Meyers, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart and secret “surprise guests”. Guests will enjoy side-splitting comedy, musical performances and the opportunity to support a good cause.

Who Can Attend?

No topic is too racy or off-limits for this assortment of witty wonders. Politics, sexuality, diarrhea, drugs, alcohol and suicide are all fair game for their biting humor and shameless sarcasm. The target audience varies from show to show, but in general, most are more suitable for viewers over the age of 18. Younger participants may attend if accompanied by an adult.

Of all the things to do this week in NYC, the New York Comedy Festival is the only one guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles, or at least rolling your eyes. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the cream of the comedy crop.