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2014 New York Comedy Festival

August 22, 2014 - by City Guide News Desk
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The New York Comedy Festival takes place Nov.5 - 9! Grab a friend or a date for an evening of raucous laughter! Tickets are going quickly! Order now.



HERsterical: One Big Fabulous Comedy Party! Featuring SNL's Kate McKinnon

Carolines on Broadway, 7:30pm

Comedy Underground Live with Dave Attell

Comedy Cellar at the Village Underground, 8pm & 10pm

Sweet with Seth Hertzog

Slipper Room, 9pm

Laundry Day: A Sketch Show 

Carolines on Broadway, 9:30pm

 NRDC's Night of Comedy

583 Park Ave., 6:30pm

Comics to Watch

Carolines on Broadway, 7pm


Stand Up for Heroes: A Benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation

Performances by Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan, John Oliver, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart and surprise guests!

Madison Square Garden, 8pm 

Various restaurants will also be participating in this event. 

Kyle Kinane 

Union Hall, 8:30pm

Betches Love This Presents Humor Me: The Betches of Comedy 

Carolines on Broadway, 9pm 

"HA!" The Musical

Starring Big Jay Oakerson, Kevin Farley, Christian Finnegan, Casey Balsham, Bill Dawes, Alyse Kenny, Paul Schissler, Luis J. Gomez, Charles Mcbee, Gibran Saleem, Shawn Pearlman.

Stage 72, 9:30pm

Friends of the People

Featuring Kevin Barnett, Jen Bartels, Lil Rel Howery, and Josh Rabinowitz

UCB Theatre Chelsea, 9:30pm

The Show with Chris Laker

Featuring Bonnie McFarlane, Jaqueline Kim Novak, Damien Lemon, Yannis Pappas

The Creek and The Cave, 10pm 

Lil Rel Howery

Stand Up NY, 10:30pm 


Unmasked with Pete Holmes

Carolines on Broadway, 11am

Women Aren't Funny: Debunking the Myth

Moderator and comedian Bonnie McFarlane will delve into the themes of her recent documentary, "Women Aren't Funny" with our group of illustrious panelists. These women include television and film talent, all of whom have made a major impact on the world of comedy. They will share their journeys as performers, writers and producers - from behind the scenes to the front lines. With this array of diverse and special talents, it's sure to be a remarkable evening of hilarious, extraordinary women! In Person: Blair Breard, Lea DeLaria, Judy Gold, Marina Franklin; Moderated by Bonnie McFarlane. Presented in association with New York Women in Film and Television.

Carolines on Broadway, 6pm 

Splitsider Live

Featuring Michelle Wolf, Jena Freidman, Sheng Wang and Low Standards with Matt Fisher and John Murray

UCB East Village, 7pm

Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted 

Tig Notaro was nominated for a Grammy Award for her sophomore comedy album LIVE. The album sold over 100,000 units in just six weeks, which is unheard of for comedy albums today. Louis CK is quoted as saying that it is one of the best stand-up performances he ever saw.

Town Hall, 8pm

Dane Cook 

Dane Cook is the uproarious comedian best known for his overwhelmingly popular stand up specials as well as movies like Mystery Men, Waiting, Dan in Real Life and many others. He also has appeared in several television shows including Louie and is heading out on a stand up comedy tour that is sure to entertain fans of any of Dane Cook's previous work.

Beacon Theatre, 8pm

Jim Gaffigan: In Conversation with Elliott Forrest

The Jerome L. Greene Space, 7pm 

Ophira Eisenberge with Friends: Bangs! Comedy Album Release Party

Featuring Micaela Blei, Leah Bonnema, Andy Christie, Julian Velard

Union Hall, 7:30pm

Pete Holmes

Bell House, 8pm 

Sommore: The Chandelier Status Experience

Carolines on Broadway, 8pm 

Fresh Out! NY Stand-Up Comedy

UCB East Village, 8:30pm

Sasheer Zamata Party Time!

UCB Theatre Chelsea, 9:30pm 

My Feminine Side 
Written and performed by Lauren Hennessy

The Creek and The Cave, 10pm  


Hannibal Buress

Buress, the 2012 winner of Comedy Central's award for Best Club Comic, signed a deal with the network that debuted his second one hour special "Live in Chicago" in March 2014. Buress also serves as a series regular on Comedy Central's Broad City, helmed by executive producer Amy Poehler, and appeared in the film Neighbors, alongside Seth Rogen and Zac Efron.

Town Hall, 7pm

Marc Maron 

For over 20 years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy for print, stage, radio, online and television. On the small screen, Maron's critically acclaimed half hour scripted series, Maron, just wrapped its second season on IFC.

NYU Skirball Center, 7:30pm

Amy Schumer: Professional

As the funniest, freshest face on television, Amy Schumer is on the rise in the world of comedy with her blend of honesty, and unapologetic sense of humor. Schumer is the creator, star, writer and executive producer of Inside Amy Schumer, the popular Comedy Central television series. Schumer's provocative and hilariously wicked mind is on full display as she explores topics revolving around sex, relationships, and life in general, through a series of scripted vignettes, stand-up comedy, and man-on-the-street interviews. This summer she is in production on Universal's Trainwreck that Schumer wrote and will star in alongside Bill Hader, Tilda Swinton and Brie Larson. Judd Apatow will produce and direct the feature film that is scheduled to be released in July 2015.

Carnegie Hall, 8pm

Dane Cook (*see 11/6)

Beacon Theatre, 8pm

An Evening with the Late Show with David Letterman Writers

Paley Center for Media, 6pm 

Kathleen Madigan: Madigan Again

City Winery, 7pm 

Kevin Barnett

Stand Up NY, 7pm 

Sommore: The Chandelier Status Experience

Carolines on Broadway, 8pm 

Campa Pichot

Campa Pichot is an explosive stand up comedy duo from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ezequiel and Malena, with their unusual and acid humor, have been playing to sold-out houses in Buenos Aries, and all over Argentina and Latin America for the last five years. Featured in dozens of magazines, newspapers, TV and radio shows, they stand out as the most important comedians of their generation.

*In Spanish

Carolines on Broadway, 11:55pm. 


An Evening with Bill Maher

For more than 20 years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on Politically Incorrect (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002), and for the last twelve years on HBO's Real Time, Maher's combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 32 Emmy nominations.

Beacon Theatre, 7pm

Chris D'Elia: Under No Influence

Chris D'Elia is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young comedians and actors in the comedy world, with Variety naming him one of their "Top 10 Comics to Watch." D'Elia currently be seen starring as Danny on NBC's new comedy Undateable. He previously starred opposite Whitney Cummings on NBC's multi-camera comedy Whitney.

Town Hall, 7pm

Carly Aquilino & Jessimae Peluso

Jessimae Peluso is "a bottle rocket with a pulse," headed in only the expected, upward trajectory of a firecracker, and ready to explode. The self-proclaimed "insecure narcissist" has founded a solid comic reputation in New York City and beyond, slaying audiences with her unequivocal, straightforward, ravishingly raw humor.

NYU Skirball Center, 7pm 

Bill Cosby 

One of America's most beloved comedians of all time, Bill Cosby has captivated generations of fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling books such as Fatherhood. His comedy transcends age, gender and cultural barriers.

Carnegie Hall, 8pm

Maria Bamford

Rolling Stone just named her one of their 50 Funniest People and she's the winner of the 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Club Comic! Maria recently recurred as Debris Bardeaux on Netflix's Arrested Development reboot, for which she was praised as "fantastic" (Entertainment Weekly) a "standout" (TIME) and "perhaps one of the high points of the entire new season" (Black Book Magazine). She also recurred on fX's critically-praised Louie and Comedy Central's Kroll Show, and can be seen on the upcoming USA sitcom Benched

Town Hall, 9:45pm

Clown Panties and Other Unpleasant Truths: An Evening with Inside Amy Schumer

Paley Center for Media, 8pm 

Sommore: The Chandelier Status Experience

Carolines on Broadway, 8pm 

"HA!" The Musical

Starring Big Jay Oakerson, Kevin Farley, Christian Finnegan, Casey Balsham, Bill Dawes, Alyse Kenny, Paul Schissler, Luis J. Gomez, Charles Mcbee, Gibran Saleem, Shawn Pearlman

Stage 72, 9:30pm

Nick Offerman: Full Bush 

Nick Offerman is today best known for the role of Ron Swanson on NBC's hit comedy series Parks & Recreation, in which he stars with Amy Poehler and Aziz Ansari. For his work on the show, Offerman won a Television Critics Association Award for Achievement in Comedy in 2011, having earned his first nomination in 2010. He also received two Critics' Choice Television Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. As an author, Offerman released his first book, Paddle Your Own Canoe: Nick Offerman's Fundamentals for Delicious Living, which was published by Dutton in October 2013.

Beacon Theatre, 9:45pm 


The Luis Jimenez Show Live

Carolines on Broadway, 11:55pm

Running Late with Scott Rogowsky

Featuring Jerry Springer, Kurt Metzger

Carolines on Broadway, 6pm

Bob Odenkirk "A Load of Hooey" Book Release Show

Gramercy Theater, 7pm 

Sommore: The Chandelier Status Experience

Carolines on Broadway, 8pm 

Paula Poundstone

City Winery, 8pm 

More shows TBA. 

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