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Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman Lead New York Comedy Fest

Bill Maher, Norm Macdonald, Nathan Fielder, Trevor Noah and more tapped for November fest

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Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman, Bill Maher and many more will participate in this year's New York Comedy Festival, invading the Big Apple in November

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UPDATE: Hannibal Buress, Jeffrey Ross, Lewis Black, Craig Robinson, Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero and John Mulaney have been added to the New York Comedy Festival. The festival will also feature a New York Times TimesTalk with the writers for The Tonight Show on November 14th at 2 pm at the TimesCenter.

Judd Apatow, Sarah Silverman, Billy Crystal, Norm Macdonald, Nathan Fielder, Bill Maher, Patton Oswalt, new Daily Show host Trevor Noah and more will participate in the 12th annual New York Comedy Festival, which will invade Manhattan and Brooklyn for five nights starting November 10th. Bill Burr, Margaret Cho, Kathy Griffin, Kumail Nanjiani and John Leguizamo will also take part in this year’s fest, which will take over venues like Madison Square Garden, Brooklyn Academy of Music and, for Apatow’s rare standup performance, Carnegie Hall.

“Performing at Carnegie Hall is a dream come true,” Apatow said in a statement. “Not for me but for some foreign twelve-year-old violinist. But I am sure it will be great!” Apatow “and friends” will play Carnegie on Saturday, November 14th; also that night, as an example of the fest’s expansive net over the Big Apple, Noah will perform at Town Hall, Maher will host an evening at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden and Burr will headline Madison Square Garden itself.

The New York Comedy Festival also features “A Conversation With Patton Oswalt” at the 92nd St. Y on November 11th, Fielder previewing the next season of Nathan for You on November 12th at NYU’s Skirball Center and Silverman performing at BAM on November 13th. Throughout the NYCF, Macdonald will set up a four-night residency at the city’s famed Caroline’s; owner Caroline Hirsch teamed with Comedy Central for the festival.

“Our aspiration for the festival has always been bringing together talent from all over the comedy spectrum, featuring comedic greats and highlighting emerging talent in the industry. This year’s lineup is no exception,” Hirsch said in a statement. “Throughout the years, the festival has become a staple in the comedy and New York City communities and we look forward to offering another week filled with big laughs.”

General tickets for the festival go on sale August 17th at Ticketmaster. Visit the New York Comedy Festival site for full schedule and pre-sale ticket information.


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