New York City's second annual Comedy Week, as part of the New York Comedy Festival, is set to kick off in November and they're giving fans the chance to get tickets to a free performance with comedians from Comedy Central.
From November 5-11, Comedy Central, marketing and tourism company NYC & Company and the New York Comedy Festival are presenting Comedy Week to brings laughs to New Yorkers. Over 175 comedians will be in the big apple for the New York Comedy Festival to perform at iconic New York City venues such as the Apollo Theater, Carnegie Hall, the Beacon Theatre, Madison Square Garden, Town Hall and Carolines on Broadway.
"From live television and theater to comedy clubs and performance artists, comedy is embedded in the fabric of New York City all year-round," said NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta. "We are proud to again present Comedy Week to provide New Yorkers and visitors opportunities to experience some of the funniest performers in the world as they showcase their humor and entertain audiences across the five boroughs."
The comedy festival is one of the best comedy events in the world. Last year over 50,000 people attended. This year, some top comedians from famous shows, movies and comedy clubs will perform such as Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams, Aziz Ansari, Adam Carolla, Bill Maher, Kevin Hart, Rob Delaney, Jim Gaffigan, Artie Lange, Patton Oswalt, Brian Regan and Marlon and Shawn Wayans.
"We're thrilled to be partnering with NYC & Company again to present Comedy Week in New York CIty," says Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of Carolines on Broadway and the New York Comedy Festival. "Once again, working with Comedy Central and NYC & Company, we will shine a spotlight on and bring awareness to comedy in New York and what it means to this city. Comedy is a vital part of this city's economy. With all of the late-night talk shows, sitcoms, feature films and live stand-up performances, New York truly is the comedy capital of the world."
To make the weeklong celebration extra special. Comedy Week will feature a free show from Comedy Central's sketch-comedy duo, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele from the show Key & Peele. In the show, the duo often discuss race issues and pop culture. The show will take place on Wednesday, November 7, at 8 pm at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
You can go to nycgo.com/comedy to try to reserve free tickets to the show. The tickets are given on a first-come, first-serve basis until 550 tickets are claimed. Once the tickets are gone, you still have a chance to win them through a Comedy Week sweepstakes and Twitter giveaways (follow @nycgo).
There will also be several other free events around the city such as special comedy tours with Gray Line New York Sightseeing, a new mobile comedy scavenger hunt by Stray Boots, special New York City-themed shows at Upright Citizens Brigade and more.