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The New York Comedy Festival 2017 guide

The New York Comedy Festival 2017 brings a riot of stand-up comics, improv, sketch variety shows to town

The New York Comedy Festival—2017’s biggest laugh-fest—is a five-day bonanza of comedy shows, drawing national headline acts and the cream of the local scene. It’s also one of the best NYC events in November. This year's festival features comedians Bridget EverettTracy Morgan, Trevor Noah and more. Use our guide as your go-to for everything you need to know about the hilarious spectacle, including our picks for the best shows to see at the New York Comedy Festival.

When is the New York Comedy Festival?

The official dates for the New York Comedy Festival are Tuesday, November 7, 2017, through Sunday, November 12, 2017.

Where is the New York Comedy Festival?

The performances for the New York Comedy Festival are held at various comedy clubs and venues in New York, including Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall and Carolines On Broadway.

How do I get tickets for the New York Comedy Festival?

Tickets to the shows during the New York Comedy Festival can be purchased by clicking below.

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New York Comedy Festival 2017

Here are the shows you can’t miss at the New York Comedy Festival
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Here are the shows you can’t miss at the New York Comedy Festival

Starting tonight, the juggernaut New York Comedy Festival assembles a lineup of big names, local gems and wild cards

The New York Comedy Festival has announced this year’s stellar lineup
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The New York Comedy Festival has announced this year’s stellar lineup

New York’s funniest festival is returning once again this fall with hilarious shows taking place across the city from November 7-12

Jessica Williams on being a leading lady, black roles and more
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Jessica Williams on being a leading lady, black roles and more

As Jessica Williams leaps from The Daily Show to the silver screen, she plays by her own rules—haters be damned

Phoebe Robinson on her new book of personal essays
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Phoebe Robinson on her new book of personal essays

The New York-based stand-up superstar speaks about 2 Dope Queens, her new book of essays and diversity in comedy

New York Comedy Festival recaps

Kathy Griffin chats about New York celebrities
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Kathy Griffin chats about New York celebrities

Trevor Noah talks the New York Comedy Festival, gun control and trying to drink
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Trevor Noah talks the New York Comedy Festival, gun control and trying to drink

Margaret Cho takes on comedy taboos on her new PsyCHO tour
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Margaret Cho takes on comedy taboos on her new PsyCHO tour

Here’s the lineup for the New York Comedy Festival
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Here’s the lineup for the New York Comedy Festival

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Nick O

If you’ve ever seen HBO's Real Time, then you have some idea of what you’re going to get while seeing Bill Maher doing live standup. On Friday 11/13/2015, Bill performed at the Madison Square Garden Theater as part of the 2015 NY Comedy Festival. As I walked into the the theater for the first time, I knew right away that it was going to be a better viewing experience than in the Garden (for standup). The theater sits 5,500 people at full capacity (and was completely sold out on Friday), yet felt extremely intimate. The bleacher style seating also ensures you a great view of the stage. 


Bill walked out to an almost- standing ovation, and didn’t hesitate to immediately start yelling at each person trying to take a picture. “Turn off your fucking phones!" he bellowed in to the microphone. His standup material is typically religious and politically driven, and Friday wasn’t any different. He touched on his Catholic up-bringing, which lead to an Abbott and Costello-esque routine between God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost. Unsurprisingly  he spent a good bit of time harping on the Republican party, which he is famous for. Bill however identifies as a Libertarian, and is not afraid to call out the Democratic party as much as the GOP. Of course many of his bits revolved around the current presidential race, but if we’re being honest, most of that material writes itself. In my opinion, it’s Bill’s delivery and comedic timing that make him so good. He cares if you think he’s funny, but it won’t change one bit what he says. 


Over all, the experience was no less than a 4 of out 5 stars. Very rarely was I not laughing throughout the 1 & 1/2 hour show.