New York Comedy Festival Brings 200 Comics, Hilarity to 5 Boroughs

by Tiffany Knighten, Viacom
Extending its delivery of the funniest shows on TV, Comedy Central is meeting fans throughout NYC’s five boroughs this week through New York Comedy Festival, another one of the network’s live events. Informally deemed a “Comedy Coachella” without all the flower crowns and dehydration risks, the week-long festival of live performances hit the five boroughs this week. By the time the NYCF ends this Sunday, it will have featured nearly 200 comics playing more than 60 shows. Over the past 11 years, it has featured the country’s top comedians, including comedy icons like Louis C.K., Bill Maher, Larry David, John Mulaney, Kevin Hart, Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes and Aziz Ansari, among others.
Here’s what you need to know about the latest iteration of #NYCF:
  • This year’s headliners include Bill Cosby, Dane Cook, Amy Schumer, Chris D’Elia, Kurt Metzger, Louis C.K. and more of today’s top stand-up comics.
  • The festivities began with NRDC’s Night of Comedy hosted by Seth Meyers and featuring performances by Larry David, Susie Essman, Amy Schumer and Jerry Seinfeld.
  • The festival takes place at more than 20 venues throughout the five boroughs of New York City, at comedy landmarks like Caroline’s on Broadway, The Gramercy Theater,
  • Carnegie Hall, Stand Up NY and The Upright Citizen’s Brigade.
  • MTV 2 “Guy Code” Chris Distefano will host Comedy Central and the New York Comedy Central’s 5th annual “Comics  to Watch” showcase, featuring comedians Emmy Blotnick, Robert Dean, Alex Edelman, Naomi Ekperigin, Nate Fernald, Matt Ingebretson, Kevin Iso, Jak Knight, David Smithyman, Julio Torres and Ricky Velez.
  • Curious about this year’s lineup? Click here for the complete schedule.


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