Bill Maher, Wanda Sykes and a public conversation with Larry David top the roster
Five-day fest, founded by Carolines on Broadway owner Caroline Hirsch, pulls together some 175 comedians to perform in a roster of 50 shows at venues around New York. Carolines on Broadway produces in association with Comedy Central.
Last year Kevin Hart shot his strong-selling stand-up pic “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” during the festival.
This year’s slate is capped with a public conversation between Larry David, the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” creator whose film “Clear History” is about to bow on HBO, and David Steinberg, the TV helmer who is the host of Showtime skein “Inside Comedy.” Festival also will feature solo performances from Sykes, Griffin, Cummings, Jeselnik (“The Jeselnik Offensive”) and Jim Jefferies (FX series “Legit”), among others.
Once again the fest will feature the annual “Stand-Up for Heroes” benefit, proceeds from which go to support injured veterans, service members or their families. For the 2013 edition, the six-year-old charity event has been upgraded from the Beacon Theater to the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
The 2013 New York Comedy Festival runs Nov. 6-10 at venues including the Beacon, Carnegie Hall and Town Hall.