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New York Comedy Festival – 2009 dates, lineup & ticket info

Patton Oswalt, Johnny Depp, & Tim Burton @ Comic Con – July 23, 2009 (Anime Nut)
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“Some of the 3-D effects aren’t going to look absolutely perfect,” said Patton Oswalt, the comedian and voice actor who moderated a presentation of Disney’s forthcoming “A Christmas Carol,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Tron: Legacy.” Mr. Oswalt asked attendees not to blog about effects being “quite subpar.” [NY Times]

The New York Comedy Festival isn’t until November 4 – 8, but with the line-up just announced, Carnegie Hall tix available now, and ticket presales (and some on sales) starting on August 12, the time to mention it is NOW. This is the 6th installment of the festival and unlike NYC music festivals such as CMJ or Northside (festivals where you can wander the city for days on end catching hundreds of bands), the focus here is on having a few large-scale shows over the course of a few evenings. NYC is a place where you can catch cheap or free comedy with big name talent almost every evening, but sometimes it’s nice to venture out of the back rooms, basements, and comedy clubs and see one or two of your faves at a fancy pants venue. The full schedule is below, but for me some of the better highlights include:

  • 11/4 – Stand Up For Heroes – a special benefit presented by NYCF and the Bob Woodruff Foundation at Town Hall
  • 11/5 – Ricky GervaisCarnegie HallON SALE NOW
  • 11/5 – Mike BirbigliaTown Hall – Presale 8/12, On Sale 8/17
  • 11/6 – Tracy MorganCarnegie HallON SALE NOW
  • 11/7 – Patton OswaltTown Hall – Presale 8/12, On Sale 8/17

Full schedule (Andy Samberg included) and ticket info below…


November 4:
“STAND UP FOR HEROES” a special benefit presented by NYCF and the Bob Woodruff Foundation at Town Hall

November 5:
DANE COOK “Dane Cook and Friends” at Madison Square Garden, 7:00pm
RICKY GERVAIS “Out of England II” at Carnegie Hall, 8:00pm
MIKE BIRBIGLIA “I’m in the Future Also” at Town Hall, 8:00pm

November 6
BILL BURR “Let It Go” at Town Hall, 8:00pm
TRACY MORGAN “Tracy Morgan’s Hard Knock Life” at Carnegie Hall, 8:00pm
ARTIE LANGE “Artie Lange Live” at Beacon Theatre, 7:30pm

November 7
MIKE EPPS “The Mike Epps Is Rottin’ in the Apple Comedy Show” at Beacon Theatre, 8:00pm
PATTON OSWALT “Patton Oswalt Live” at Town Hall, 8:00pm

November 8
BILL MAHER “An Evening with Bill Maher” at Avery Fisher Hall, 7:00pm
ANDY SAMBERG “Andy Samberg and Friends Live from Town Hall” at Town Hall, 8:00pm (tickets)

So many venues, so many different ticket buying dates, times, and channels. Here’s the deely-o regarding ticket sales

Please visit to purchase tickets to all NYCF shows.
Citi Private Pass presale and preferred tickets can be purchased through
Carnegie Hall tickets can be purchased through Carnegie Charge at 212-247-7800 or
Town Hall, Beacon Theatre and Madison Square Garden tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 212-307-7171 or
Lincoln Center (Avery Fisher Hall) tickets can be purchased through Centercharge at 212-721-6500 or
Paley Center for Media tickets can be purchased through

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