The New York Comedy Festival highlights

Be sure to catch three lady comedians who dominate the annual event.

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Wanda Sykes: Wanda Sykes Live
The title of Sykes's 2009 HBO special, I'ma Be Me, says everything you need to know about her. Whether she's appearing on TV (Curb Your Enthusiasm), at the White House Correspondents' Dinner or in a comedy club on a random Tuesday, the comedian has always remained true to herself. During Sykes's NYCF debut at the Town Hall, she'll riff on politics, race and life as an openly gay comic in Hollywood.

Sarah Silverman and Friends
Need any further evidence that comedy's lowbrow is becoming accepted in the hallowed halls of high culture? Silverman will bring her acerbic, off-color act to the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Howard Gilman Opera House. Bring Mom—if BAM approves, she'd be wrong to disagree.

Kathy Griffin: Tired Hooker
The Emmy-winning Bravo reality show My Life on the D-List helped bump Griffin's celeb status to, say, a B—but the end of the series hasn't slowed down this shameless spitfire. She's been cranking out chatty stand-up specials at a ridiculous rate, popping up on everything from late-night talk shows to Glee, and now she hits Carnegie Hall.

Times and locations vary; visit nycomedyfestival.com. Nov 9--13.

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