The biggies—like The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah and Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Jon Stewart, and Two Dope Queens’s Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson—will be great. But the entire lineup of this year’s fest promises to be hysterical; nothing makes for comedy gold more than national strife. Here are the shows we’re most looking forward to.
Reductress Presents: Mouth Time LIVE!, Wednesday, November 8
Reductress editors Quenn and Dikoda are the two hosts of Mouth Time!, a podcast in which the pair gab about pop culture, the latest trends, and life advice. For their live show, they promise “silent hot guys” and other special guests.
How Did This Get Made?, Thursday, November 9
On this podcast, Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas watch movies that are just plain bad and break them down just for you. In the past, they’ve dissected everything from The Room and Miami Connection to The Garbage Pail Kids Movie and Bratz. Stop by Town Hall on Thursday to watch the trio crack wise at a surprise live film screening.
2 Dope Queens, Friday, November 10
If you haven’t seen the dopest queens in comedy yet, Friday at the Bell House is your chance. Join BFFs Robinson and Williams as they chat with their favorite comedians and swap stories about New York City, romance, sex, race, and more.
Aparna ’N Jo Show, Saturday, November 11
Aparna Nancherla and Jo Firestone are two of the fiercest comedians on the NYC scene (and beyond). Watch them banter with some of their funny friends at Union Hall on Saturday.
Nick Offerman, Saturday, November 11
We loved him in Parks and Recreation, and he’s even funnier doing his own material. His stand-up show at the Beacon Theater should be a highlight of the festival.
Why You Should Go: To catch big comedy names and discover up-and-coming talent—all in one very funny week.
New York Comedy Festival
Tuesday, November 7–Sunday, November 12
Various locations and prices