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The New York Comedy Festival 2021 guide

The New York Comedy Festival 2021 brings a riot of stand-up comics, improv, sketch variety shows to town

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver

The New York Comedy Festival is where the best of the best comedians of NYC gather each year, and this year, it's going to be an all-out hoot.

If you've laughed at comedy shows in NYC in the past five years, it probably had something to do with at least one of the comics on the insanely stacked lineup this year. The festival brings a variety of comedic disciplines to town (and from around town), from stand-up to improv to sketch acts, but luckily we've combed through all the offerings to bring you the best of the best. It’s one of the best NYC events in November. Get ready to laugh until your sides hurt at some of our favorite NYC comedy clubs around town. 

When is New York Comedy Festival?

The official dates for the New York Comedy Festival are November, 8-14, 2021.

Who is performing at New York Comedy Festival?

It's quite a lineup! Catch shows from Alok, Nick Kroll, Sydnee Washington, Bill Maher, Colin Quinn, David Cross, Hannah Pilkes, Mary Beth Barone, Jon Lovett ("Lovett or Leave It") Michael Rapaport, Michelle Buteau Zach Zimmerman and many more. 

Comedy groups like Queer Qabaret, Praying for Godot, Loft Comedy, Joke Sistas, Crazy Woke Asians, Immigrant JamHalf-Full (comedy from the team at "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee") and Good God Comedy will also perform.

Make sure to check out the five must-see shows at the New York Comedy Festival.

Where is New York Comedy Festival?

The performances for the New York Comedy Festival are held at various comedy clubs and venues in New York, including Apollo Theater, Beacon Theatre, BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Lincoln Center and Carolines On Broadway.

How do I get tickets for New York Comedy Festival?

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