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The New York Comedy Festival 2016 guide

The New York Comedy Festival 2016 brings a riot of stand-up comics, improv, sketch variety shows to town

The New York Comedy Festival—2016’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 1, 2016, through Sunday, November 6, 2016.

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 2016

The 15 best shows to see at the New York Comedy Festival
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The 15 best shows to see at the New York Comedy Festival

Spend the New York Comedy Festival laughing at these stand-up sets, talk shows and sketches from the best comedians

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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

Get ready to laugh your face off when some of the best comedians in the world roll into town.

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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

New York Comedy festival bigwig Trevor Noah of The Daily Show chats his coveted gig, Twitter, and loving New York

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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

The All-American Girl takes on rape, molestation and non-traditional stand-up comedy material in her new show, PsyCHO

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

Stand-up comedian Kathy Griffin dishes about Donald Trump, Taylor Swift, Suze Orman and Anderson Cooper

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New York Comedy Festival recaps

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Stand Up For Heroes announces its 2015 New York Comedy Festival Lineup

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Nick O
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.