New York Comedy Festival Adds 100+ Shows

New York Comedy Festival Adds 100+ ShowsThe New York Comedy Festival (NYCF), in association with TBS, announced today the addition of more than 100 shows to its 2018 line-up. The festival runs from November 5th through November 11th at some of New York City's most iconic venues including the Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Carolines on Broadway, Madison Square Garden, Town Hall and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, among others.

Among the newly announced shows are Lisa Lampanelli at The Gramercy Theater; "Black Thought Presents: Delirious," comedy showcase at Villain; "Me Right Now" A Night of Jen Kirkman Comedy at The Bell House; the "Brilliant Idiots" podcast with Charlamagne Tha God and Andrew Schulz at Carolines on Broadway, Catherine Cohen: The Twist? ... She's Gorgeous, at Joe's Pub; Greta Titelman's Sweet Sixteen at The Jane Hotel; Benito Skinner: All the Best Ones Are Gay, at Carolines on Broadway; Michelle Collins, Strong Monster at Joe's Pub; Your Love, Our Musical with Rebecca Vigil at Caveat; and truTV Presents Laff Mobb's Laff Tracks Live at the Comedy Cellar at the Village Underground.

For a complete list of newly announced shows, visit nycomedyfestival.com.

Back for its eleventh consecutive year is the festival's popular New York's Funniest stand-up competition, which is open to any and all performers who think they have what it takes to be titled New York's Funniest. Past winners have included Emmy nominee David Angelo, Saturday Night Live star Michael Che, former The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore correspondent Ricky Velez, Last Comic Standing's Joe Machi, MTV2's Joking Off Matt Pavich and Tim Dillon is Going to Hell podcaster Tim Dillon, among others.

Conan O'Brien's Team Coco and the Festival will team up once again to present Comics to Watch, the annual live stand-up showcase featuring the very best new comedians from around the country. Team Coco and the Festival producers conduct an exhaustive search to find the top young comics to perform on the show in front of industry executives and comedy fans. Some of the comics who have performed on Comics to Watch in the past are SNL's Michael Che, Ali Wong from her Netflix special "Baby Cobra", The Tonight Show writers Jo Firestone and Josh Johnson, Andrew Santino from Showtime's "I'm Dying Up Here" and SNL alum Brooks Whelan. One of the comedians who performs at this year's Comics to Watch will receive a coveted spot performing on TBS' Conan in 2019. Partnered sponsor TBS will also be taking over Sony Hall in Manhattan to bring TEAM COCOHOUSE to the festival this year. Team CocoHouse will showcase a nightly lineup of comics handpicked by Conan along with podcasts, merchandise, giveaways and special appearances by friends of Team Coco, as well as O'Brien himself. Lineup to be announced.

"We're now in our 15th year of the New York Comedy Festival. This is a major milestone for us as we continue to seek and present the country's very best emerging talent," said Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of the New York Comedy Festival and Carolines on Broadway. "We're proud to present such a richly talented group of performers and a variety of shows that reflect the true diversity that is New York City."

Previously announced comedians of the 2018 festival include Bill Burr, Jimmy Carr, David Cross, Desus & Mero, Dan Harmon's Harmontown, Gabriel Iglesias, Jim Jefferies, Anthony Jeselnik, Jo Koy, Bert Kreischer, Marc Maron, Jason Mewes, Tracy Morgan, Conan O'Brien, Yvonne Orji, Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson's Throwing Shade, and Jonathan Van Ness and Antoni Porowski. Kicking off the festival on November 5th, Stand Up for Heroes is back for the 12th consecutive year with performances by Jimmy Carr, Eric Church, Jim Gaffigan, Seth Meyers, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, and more.

Tickets for all shows are now available to the general public, and can be purchased at: www.nycomedyfestival.com.

The 2018 NYCF is presented in association with TBS. The festival is produced by Carolines on Broadway and is made possible by its partners: Citi, Sam Adams, iHeart Radio, NYC Media and Entertainment, New York Magazine, New York Post, Rolling Stone, SiriusXM, Variety and Vulture.

Now in its fifteenth year, the New York Comedy Festival is produced by Carolines on Broadway in association with TBS. The festival has featured the country's top comedians, including Judd Apatow, Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr, Margaret Cho, Billy Crystal, Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Kathy Griffin, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Norm Macdonald, Bill Maher, Tig Notaro, Nick Offerman, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, and Wanda Sykes, to name a few. In 2007, the festival launched the "Stand Up for Heroes" event to benefit The Bob Woodruff Foundation, which has featured performances by Stephen Colbert, Ricky Gervais, John Mayer, Seth Meyers, John Mulaney, Trevor, Noah, John Oliver, Conan O'Brien, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ray Romano, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, and Robin Williams, among others. To date, the "Stand Up for Heroes" events have raised over $45 million. For more information please visit the NYCF website, like the NYCF Facebook page, and follow the NYCF on Twitter, @NYComedyFest.



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