Founded in 2004, The New York Comedy Festival (NYCF) is now in its ninth successful year. The Festival – which is produced by Carolines on Broadway – is presented in association with Comedy Central. The week-long laugh fest brings the biggest names in comedy to New York City’s most prestigious venues. Among the many comedy luminaries who have performed as part of the NYCF are Denis Leary, Dane Cook, Bill Maher, Tracy Morgan, Joy Behar, Ricky Gervais, D.L. Hughley, Steven Wright, Brian Regan, Howie Mandel, Kevin Hart, Andy Samberg, Louis C.K., Joel McHale, Sarah Silverman, Damon Wayans, Artie Lange, Craig Ferguson, Mike Epps, Bill Burr, Steven Wright and Drew Carey, to name a few.
The NYCF has presented these and other great comedians in world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, The Beacon Theatre, Town Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Hammerstein Ballroom, and Carolines on Broadway. The Festival has also presented special sketch and imrov comedy at The UCB Theatre, panel discussions at The Paley Center for Media and at the 92nd Street Y and 92Y TriBeca, among other venues. In 2007, The NYCF introduced the “Stand-Up for Heroes” event to benefit The Bob Woodruff Foundation, which has featured performances by Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Conan O’Brien, Jerry Seinfeld, Regis Philbin, and Tony Bennett, and Bruce Springsteen. The 2012 NYCF will take place from November 7 – 11.