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Things to do in New York this fall: six comedy shows to see

These comedy events are among the best things to do in New York this fall: Laugh it up with Dave Chappelle, Russell Brand and other big comedy stars.

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Things to do in New York this fall: six comedy shows to see: Bob Odenkirk and David Cross

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Things to do in New York this fall: six comedy shows to see: Dave Chapelle

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Things to do in New York this fall: six comedy shows to see: Russell Brand

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Things to do in New York this fall: six comedy shows to see: TJ & Dave

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Things to do in New York this fall: six comedy shows to see: Aisha Tyler

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Things to do in New York this fall: six comedy shows to see: The New York Comedy Festival

The New York Comedy Festival may be the biggest happening, but there are plenty of other things to do this fall in New York that’ll make you laugh. The season is loud, busy and buzzing—far too much like a barnyard for us to pass up the simile. Here are the biggest events, reimagined as ridiculous animal clichés: Check out Dave Chappelle’s return during the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, or Mr. Show’s Bob Odenkirk and David Cross as they promote a new book in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

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Birds of a feather

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Longtime cohorts Bob Odenkirk and David Cross reunite this fall to tout a funny book of “orphaned film scripts” called Hollywood Said No! and tour sketches with former Mr. Show writer Brian Posehn. Though it’s not a Mr. Show reunion proper, fans will take what they can get from these like-minded, absurdist wits—well, that, and a few of Posehn’s fart jokes.

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The powerHouse Arena Tue Sep 10

The lost dog finds his way home

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After many years of laying low, Dave Chappelle returns to the stage on his own terms as he coheadlines the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival with Flight of the Conchords. His set, worked out in part at the Just for Laughs fest this summer, has been fairly loose, but no doubt it’ll be crisp when Oddball makes its way to New Jersey with many other comics (including Hannibal Buress and Kristen Schaal) in tow.

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Various locations Fri Sept 6 - Sat Sept 7

One sly fox

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Rigorous intellect and magnetic presence Russell Brand embarks on his first world tour, provocatively titled the Messiah Complex. He will discuss the lives (and, more importantly, afterlives) of Malcolm X, Mahatma Gandhi, Che Guevara and Jesus in his stand-up set (which he was banned from bringing to Dubai and Lebanon).

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The Town Hall Thu Sep 19

Fish out of water

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Part of the appeal of Chicago-based improv duo TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi is the intimacy one feels as their subtle comedies unfold. At a TJ & Dave show, tiny gestures invoke worlds, and glances mean everything. During this gig at a considerably larger venue, all of that could be lost; but given their theatrical chops, they just might push understatement to grand proportions.

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The Town Hall Fri Oct 11

Busy bee

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Between hosting the new incarnation of Whose Line Is It Anyway, voicing Lana Kane on Archer, chatting on The Talk and touring behind her autobiographical essay collection Self-Inflicted Wounds, you’d think Aisha Tyler would be too busy for her first love—stand-up. We hold out hope that the silly, physical performer will tell some of her humiliating stories.

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Carolines on Broadway Fri Oct 11 - Sat Oct 12

Elephant in the room

As always, the New York Comedy Festival is the season’s most massive happening. It celebrates its tenth anniversary this year; keep an eye out not only for big-ticket gigs from favorites like Larry David, Bill Burr and Wanda Sykes, but also sets from breakout stars such as John Mulaney. Visit nycomedyfestival.com.

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