'Comics to Watch' showcase presented with Comedy Central
The New York Comedy Festival will take place Nov. 7-11, the fest announced on Tuesday. In its ninth year, the event is produced by Carolines on Broadway in association with Comedy Central.The program lineup will be announced in August, when tickets go sale. Events will take place in Gotham venues including the Beacon Theater, Carnegie Hall and Town Hall. For the third year, the fest and Comedy Central will present “Comics to Watch,” a diverse showcase of young performers at Carolines on Broadway. Caroline Hirsch, owner of Carolines on Broadway and the fest, noted that the event includes both established vets and rising talent. “I’ve been involved with three generations of comedians,” Hirsch said. “We’re always looking for that next generation.” The festival will also hold “New York’s Funniest Stand-Up,” a competish for a cash prize, a headlining opportunity at Carolines and a major fest show spot. Hopefuls can submit performance clips up until Sept. 17. Fest is aiming for 60 shows, a further step up from last year’s approximately 50, Hirsch said. Past fest performers have included Louis C.K., Bill Maher, Ricky Gervais, Sarah Silverman and Wanda Sykes.