Get Ready to Laugh -- this year's New York Comedy Festival is November 1-6

By Don Adkins, ZEALnyc Managing Editor, November 1, 2016

They say "laughter is the best medicine," and if this is true, then the pharmacy is wide-open with the arrival of this year's New York Comedy Festival on November 1-6. Now in its thirteenth year, the New York Comedy Festival is produced jointly by Carolines on Broadway in association with Comedy Central. The range and scale of performers participating is enormous, as well as the variety of venues involved in hosting. You may catch some of your favorite comedians everywhere from Carnegie Hall and Broadway theaters to Madison Square Garden, along with all the familiar comedy clubs across the city -- they all will be shaking with laughter during this six-day festival.

The performers scheduled encompass the veritable "who's who" of comedy, with special call-outs to Bill Maher appearing at Madison Square Garden, Tracy Morgan and Tig Notaro at Carnegie Hall, Patton Oswalt, Tim Minchin and Trevor Noah at the Beacon Theatre, and Fred Armisen and T.J Miller at Town Hall, among many, many other performers and venues (check the event website for complete listings).

"We're thrilled to have such an amazing group of talented comedians this year," Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of the New York Comedy Festival and Carolines on Broadway, said in a statement. "The festival continues to present the performers at the forefront of comedy, while giving audiences an opportunity to enjoy these great artists in many of the city's most iconic venues; and with the presidential election taking place the week after the festival, I'm sure there will be no shortage of hilarious commentary on all of the political happenings."

Some of the highlights for the week include:

THURSDAY, November 3

PATTON OSWALT -- 7:00 PM -- Beacon Theatre
ERIC ANDRÉ - 7:30 PM - Carolines On Broadway (through Sunday, 11/6)
TIM MINCHIN - 9:45 PM - Beacon Theatre

FRIDAY, November 4

CHRIS D'ELIA - 7 PM - Beacon Theatre
MARC MARON - 8 PM - Carnegie Hall
CAMERON ESPOSITO - 7:30 PM - NYU Skirball Center
DANE COOK - 9:45 PM - Beacon Theatre

SATURDAY, November 5

TIG NOTARO - 7 PM - Carnegie Hall
TREVOR NOAH - 7 PM - Beacon Theatre
BILL MAHER - 8 PM - Theater at Madison Square Garden
T.J. MILLER - 8 PM -Town Hall
TRACY MORGAN - 10:30 PM - Carnegie Hall

For a complete list of performances and venues that are part of this year's Festival click here.

Don Adkins, ZEALnyc's Managing Editor writes on arts, cultural and lifestyle events.

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