The New York Comedy Festival is Back!

The New York Comedy Festival is Back!

Trevor Noah (Courtesy New York Comedy Festival)

Like to laugh? My guess is yes.

Well, you’re in luck! The New York Comedy Festival has returned with over 200 comedians performing in more than 60 shows across the city from November 1 through November 6. This festival, produced by legendary comedy venue Caroline’s on Broadway in association with Comedy Central, offers loads of laughter from some of the biggest names in comedy as well as up-and-coming members of the standup community.

For the full lineup for performers and shows, check out the festival’s schedule. I wish I could see everything at this festival, but here’s just a few of the noteworthy acts that I recommend seeing:

Stand Up For Heroes (Nov. 1, Madison Square Garden, 8 pm): This is the tenth year for this benefit for service members, veterans and their families. A joint-effort from the New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Foundation, this year’s performance includes appearances from Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Bruce Springsteen and others.

Patton Oswalt (Nov. 3, Beacon Theatre, 7 pm): If you follow Oswalt on social media, you’ll know that he is only just coming back to performing live after the passing of his wife earlier this year. I have listened to his standup for years and have long admired him and his work. This will be the first time I’m seeing him perform in person (I bought my ticket last week!) and I’m excited to be a part of the audience for what is sure to be a moving evening.

Dane Cook (Nov. 4, Beacon Theatre, 9:45 pm): I know I’m not the only one who listened to his albums on repeat and laugh until I cried (“I did my best!”) at his Comedy Central and HBO specials.

Mike Birbiglia’s “Thank God for Jokes” Comedy Special Taping (BAM–Harvey Theater, Nov. 4, 7 pm & 10:30 pm; Nov. 5, 7 pm & 10:30 pm): I’m beyond pumped that Birbiglia is preserving this show because I managed to miss it while it was Off-Broadway last season and I won’t be able to attend any of the tapings during the festival. His style of storytelling brings me great joy and I look forward to watching this whenever it gets released.

A Conversation with the Writers of “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Nov. 5, 92nd Street Y, 1 pm): Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and the other comedic geniuses who write this breakout Netflix hit series will be sharing stories about what has quickly become one of my favorite shows of all time. (The theme song is my ringtone.)

Tig Notaro (Nov. 5, Carnegie Hall, 7 pm): I apologize for being late to the game here, but I just watched her documentary “TIG” a couple weeks ago and am amazed with this woman’s strength, persistence and sense of humor. She is a fan favorite on Conan O’Brien’s show and “This American Life.”

Trevor Noah (Nov. 5, Beacon Theatre, 7 pm & 9:45 pm): The current host of “The Daily Show” is one of my favorite comedians because of his political and social commentary.

Tracy Morgan (Nov. 5, Carnegie Hall, 10:30 pm): As a massive fan of both “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” Morgan has been a constant ingredient in my comedy diet over the past two decades, just as I know he has been for countless other people.

There are so, so many more great performers and shows to catch during the New York Comedy Festival. If you need a laugh this week, there are plenty of opportunities to be had.

Tig Notaro (Courtesy New York Comedy Festival)

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