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The New York Comedy Festival guide

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

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The New York Comedy Festival is a five-day bonanza of comedy shows, drawing national headline acts and the cream of the local scene. This year's NYCF features comedians Bridget Everett , Tracy Morgan, Marc Maron and more. Tickets can be purchased on venues' websites, but the New York Comedy Festival's site has a browsable list of every show and a link to its buy-tickets page.

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.

New York Comedy Festival 2015

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Margaret Cho takes on comedy taboos on her new PsyCHO tour
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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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What we learned at Kevin Hart's NYCF show

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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.