New York Comedy Festival to Partner With TBS

The New York Comedy Festival has found a new network partner in TBS, the Turner cabler that will integrate its talent into the festival — including Conan O’Brien, whose latenight show “Conan” will tape at New York’s Apollo Theater for one week during the fest.

TBS’ “Conan” has previously played the Apollo, having originated from the uptown Manhattan theater over a week last fall. The parent network signs on to the 13-year-old NYCF as TBS has begun to build buzz in the last year with newer, comedy-centric series including “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” “Search Party” and “People of Earth.” The net said it plans to incorporate the festival into both its linear and digital programming, while at the same time getting a first look at festival talent that might yield future development deals.

Founded in 2004 by Carolines on Broadway owner Caroline Hirsch, NYCF showcases more than 200 comedians across 60 shows in venues all around New York City. Previous editions have showcased top comedy names including Larry David, Amy Schumer, Judd Apatow, Aziz Ansari and Tig Notaro, among others. The fest’s annual “Stand Up to Comedy” event benefits the Bob Woodruff Foundation with a starry performance that in past years has featured Jerry Seinfeld and Bruce Springsteen.

NYCF was formerly presented in partnership with Comedy Central. Now produced by Carolines on Broadway in association with TBS, the 2017 New York Comedy Festival runs Nov. 7-12.

More Legit

  • The Prince of Egypt review

    'The Prince of Egypt': Theater Review

    In “The Prince of Egypt,” a swords-and-sandals epic minus the swords, no one speaks, they declaim; no one questions, they implore to the heavens. In a musical re-telling of the Exodus story that is bigger on plagues than on developed characterization, subtlety was always going to be in short supply. But did everything have to [...]

  • Katori Hall

    Listen: Katori Hall's 'Quiet Revolution'

    Playwright Katori Hall’s latest, “The Hot Wing King,” centers on a group of black gay men — a community so rarely depicted onstage in the theater that she can’t think of another example. Listen to this week’s “Stagecraft” podcast below: Which means there’s real power just to see them represented. “Because there aren’t a ton of images [...]

  • Cirque Du Soleil Volta

    Volta: Cirque Du Soleil’s Latest Blends Themes of Self-Discovery with Street Sports

    Blending themes of loneliness, isolation and self-discovery with the magnetic culture of street sports, Cirque du Soleil’s latest iteration, “Volta,” is an eye-popping and psychically soothing spiritual journey experienced through a prism of jaw-dropping acrobatics and aerodynamics that leave one gasping for breath. The Montreal-based entertainment company has produced a steady string of awe-inspiring shows [...]

  • Cambodian Rock Band review

    'Cambodian Rock Band': Theater Review

    Is there anything less politically threatening than a rock band jamming to its own vibrant music? Tell that to the Khmer Rouge, which descended on Cambodia in 1975 and killed off some three million people, including many musicians. In Lauren Yee’s play “Cambodian Rock Band,” the doomed, fictional band Cyclo is represented by actor-musicians with [...]

  • Protesters demonstrate at the Broadway opening

    'West Side Story' Broadway Opening Night Sparks Protests

    Roughly 100 protestors gathered outside the Broadway premiere of “West Side Story” on Thursday night, carrying placards and chanting in unison to demand the removal of cast member Amar Ramasar. “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Ramasar has got to go,” they cried while holding signs that read “Keep predators off the stage,” “Sexual predators shouldn’t get [...]

  • West Side Story review

    'West Side Story': Theater Review

    Whittled down to one hour and forty-five minutes, “West Side Story” – with book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and choreography by Jerome Robbins — has grown exceedingly dark and mislaid some of its moving parts in the new Broadway revival from edgy Belgian director Ivo Van Hove. (Can [...]

  • The Inheritance review

    'The Inheritance' Closing in March After Box Office Struggles

    “The Inheritance,” a sprawling and ambitious epic that grappled with the legacy of the AIDS epidemic, will close on March 15. The two-part play has struggled mightily at the box office despite receiving strong reviews. Last week, it grossed $345,984, or 52% of its capacity, a dispiriting number for a show that was reported to [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content