The pandemic might've put a dent in live stand-up performances, but our favorite faces are making their way back to the stage. Here's who will be performing at the famous New York Comedy Festival this year after its unfortunate 2020 cancellation.
In case you need a little recap of the highly-anticipated event, the New York Comedy Festival is an annual show started by Caroline Hirsch and Jarrod Moses in 2004. And some big names quickly got on board: Comedy Central and the Huffington Post are both producers of the celebrated festival, which usually involves hundreds of comedians and endless stand-up performances.
In the past, the likes of Bill Maher, Andy Samberg, Tracy Morgan, Mike Birbiglia, Ricky Gervais, Artie Lange, Dane Cook, and Mike Epps have starred in the New York Comedy Festival. And this year's line-up is no disappointment. We'll even be seeing some of those familiar faces make their way back to the NYC stage!
So, who exactly will have their time in the spotlight come November 2021? Michelle Wolf, Ronny Chieng, Bill Maher, Nick Kroll, Marc Maron, and Colin Quinn are all set to headline. That's right - there's plenty of reason to get excited. But with a whole week of comedy, they're not the only ones with a gig booked at the New York Comedy Festival.
So who else will be surely be making audiences laugh during the (possibly) funniest event of the year? Comedic talents Michelle Buteau, Vir Das, Tim Dillon, Gary Gulman, Jon Lovett's Lovett or Leave It, Norm Macdonald, Brian Regan, Andrew Santino, and Megan Stalter. The festival announced this year's performers in a sweet video filled with NYC pride: the lineup was introduced by the Big Apple's essential workers, including baristas, police officers, restaurant workers, and healthcare workers.
Here to introduce the initial lineup for the 2021 NY Comedy Festival are NYC’s essential workers!— New York Comedy Festival (@nycomedyfest) August 16, 2021
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"Thank you to the @FDNY, NYPD, @MTA and to all the doctors, nurses, teachers, restaurant workers, grocery workers and all of the other amazing people who make our city run," the organizers tweeted. Pre-sale tickets are available starting Wednesday, August 18th until Sunday, August 22nd - so hurry and buy them while you can!
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