Robin Williams, Kevin Hart, Jim Gaffigan Sign On for NY Comedy Festival
The ninth annual New York Comedy Festival will be headlined by Robin Williams, Kevin Hart and Jim Gaffigan, organizers announced recently.
The five-day festival will take place around New York City from November 7-11, including shows at Madison Square Garden (Kevin Hart), Carnegie Hall (Jim Gaffigan) and the Apollo Theater. The latter will host current “Parks and Recreation” and former “Human Giant” star Aziz Ansari. Other notable acts this year include Bill Maher, Patton Oswalt, Rob Delaney, Adam Carolla, Artie Lange, Brian Regan and Marlon and Shawn Wayans. In all, over 175 comedians will perform at more than 50 shows held around the city.
Kicking off the festival on November 7 is a Next Big Thing event that will be held at the Paley Center for Media. Additionally, that same night, Ricky Gervais will sit down for a conversation with John Hodgman at Town Hall.
Robin Williams will be appearing the final night of the festival at the 92nd Street Y. The show he is performing is being billed as “David Steinberg and Robin Williams Talking About Nothing That Important.” Steinberg appeared as a stand-up comic on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” more times than any other comic except Bob Hope.
The festival is being produced by Carolines on Broadway and is presented this year in association with Comedy Central.
“There won’t be any shortage of laughs this November,” said Caroline Hirsch, co-founder of the New York Comedy Festival.
Comedians that have appeared at the festival in the past include Steven Wright, Denis Leary, Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K., Craig Ferguson, Tracy Morgan and Drew Carey. In 2007, the festival presented the “Stand-Up for Heroes” event, which benefited the Bob Woodruff Foundation. That benefit featured performances by Jerry Seinfeld, Conan O’Brien, Regis Philbin, Tony Bennett, Bruce Springsteen, Robin Williams and Ricky Gervias.