The New York Comedy Festival 2018 guide

The New York Comedy Festival 2018 brings a riot of stand-up comics, improv, sketch variety shows to town

Yvonne Orji

The New York Comedy Festival—2018’s biggest laugh-fest—is a 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. Use our guide as your go-to for everything you need to know about the hilarious spectacle, hitting somes of our favorite NYC comedy clubs. 

When is New York Comedy Festival?

The official dates for the New York Comedy Festival are Monday, November 5–Sunday November 11. Just in time for election day!

Who is performing at New York Comedy Festival?

It's quite a lineup! Catch shows from Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness and Antoni Porowski, Desus & Mero, Jo Koy, David Cross, Conan O'Brien, Tracy Morgan, Marc Maron, David Cross, Gabriel Iglesias and many others. 

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 Beacon Theatre, Town Hall 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..

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New York Comedy Festival 2018

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

This November, the New York Comedy Festival will take over the city’s best comedy clubs for a stacked week of shows. Now in its 15th year, the ever-expanding fest goes down with 100 shows November 5–11. 

Desus and Mero are the Obama-approved talk show hosts we can’t stop watching
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Desus and Mero are the Obama-approved talk show hosts we can’t stop watching

Desus and Mero can’t turn it off. Over the course of their conversation with Time Out New York, the hosts of Viceland’s late-night show Desus & Mero (Daniel Baker, a.k.a. Desus Nice, and Joel Martinez, a.k.a. the Kid Mero) tackle only a handful of questions, inevitably stretching each answer into an improvised routine often miles away from where they started. 

Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness on the one thing he needs every day
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Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness on the one thing he needs every day

Time Out has been given a fabulous makeover this week courtesy of the fab five of Queer Eye. We sat down with the show’s grooming guru Jonathan Van Ness to hear about his perfect NYC day, and the one thing all of us should be doing every single morning. 

<em>Queer Eye</em>’s Antoni Porowski on Bourdain, being broke in NYC and his favorite restaurant
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Queer Eye’s Antoni Porowski on Bourdain, being broke in NYC and his favorite restaurant

Queer Eye's resident food and wine expert Antoni Porowski is no stranger to NYC, having cut his teeth here in his early years. (He’s even planning to open up a restaurant in our fair city.) We sat down with the gorgeous gourmand to go through his life’s biggest turning point and what he digs doing here. 

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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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.