The New York Comedy Comedy Festival is back again and just as spirited as the previous year’s event! The largest comedy festival in the country is entering its 19th year in a row, bringing in hundreds of comedians each year performing more than a hundred shows in a variety of venues across the city. 


Comedic talent- both young and seasoned- will be making an appearance at this unforgettable gala. Easily one of the most anticipated gatherings for November for those wanting to fill their nights with non-stop laughter. The most crucial information to know before you go is right here in this guide. 


When is the festival?

The upcoming festival will expand from its usual seven-day run to last ten days this time around, starting on Friday, November 3rd, and running through Sunday, November 12th. 


Where will it take place?

Various comedy clubs and venues will be hosting performers across the five boroughs. Some venues include the Apollo Theatre, BAM, the Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Edison Ballroom, Town Hall, and a newer venue aptly named The Venue inside of the Hard Rock Hotel- where a handful of performances are expected to take place. 


Who will be performing during the event?

Headliners include: Dave Attell, Bill Burr, Nicole Byer, Jimmy Carr, Margaret Cho, Tim Dillon, Giggly Squad, Joy Behar, Ziwe, Lauren Leroux, Ilana Glazer, Brett Goldstein, Nate Jackson, Anthony Jeselnik, Matteo Lane, Sam Morril, Nick Mullen and Adam Friedland, Atsuko Okatsuka, Pod Meets World, Donnell Rawlings, Jeff Ross, Robyn Schall, Daniel Sloss and Michelle Wolf, Conan O’ Brien and many more! 


Some shows slated to occur during the event also feature acts like: That's a Gay Ass Live Show; Muslim Girls DTF; Mark Pleases You; Kelly Cooper Takes You on a Date; Bodega Kids; Fumi & Friends; and Betches Night Out.


What about ticket purchases?

Depending on the comedian and venue, ticket prices may range anywhere between $15 and $65. Head to the New York Comedy Festival’s official website for more detailed information on any specific inquiries. 


Anything else to know?

If you would like to be considered for a volunteer position with the festival, send your resume to The comedians who previously performed at the defunct venue, Carolines on Broadway, are slated to take part in the festival. The comedy festival’s founder Caroline Hirsch- whom the closed event space is named after- has also emphasized that more women will be slated to participate than in previous festivals.