New York Comedy Festival: The best shows and how to buy tickets

The New York Comedy Festival and Comedy Week brings a riot of stand-up comics, improv, sketch and variety shows, podcast tapings and marquee benefits to town.



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The New York Comedy Festival is a five-day bonanza of comedy shows drawing national headline acts and the cream of the local scene. This year's NYCF takes place between November 6 and 10 in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Beacon Theatre, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and The Paley Center. Comedy Week—a tie-in launched last year by Mayor Bloomberg—runs concurrent with the fest between October 28 and November 10.

Tickets can be purchased on venues' websites, but the New York Comedy Festival's site ( has a browsable list of every show and a link to its buy-tickets page.

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