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WQXR has chosen nine finalists for their Classical Comedy Contest, scheduled to take place at Carolines on Broadway as part of the New York Comedy Festival on November 8th. To see who the finalists are, click here!

Tickets are on sale for the finals now so be sure to pick them up now! The Classical Comedy Contest will be judged by:

Comedian Robert Klein
Peter Schickele,of PDQ Bach fame
Charles Hamlen of IMG Artists (classical music management company)
Opera star Deborah Voigt

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Calling all comic tweet-a-holics!  To make even more laughs at this year’s festival we’re launching the first-ever #EmergingComedian Shorty Award to honor an up and coming comedian on Twitter and social media.  The Shorty Awards honor the best people and organizations producing short-form, real-time social media content.  Previous winners and hosts have included: Neil Patrick Harris, Conan O’Brien, Jerry Stiller and The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi.

Six finalists will be selected from the #EmergingComedian nominees and the winner will be chosen by the the Real-Time Comedy Jury.  The winner will perform a live, 10-minute stand-up set at the Laugh More NYC showon November 13.

If you or someone you know is the next #EmergingComedian, submit your nomination today!  Nominations can be made at the Shorty Awards website or by tweeting “I nominate @TwitterUser for a Shorty Award in #emergingcomedian because…”  now through November 4th; and don’t forget to buy tickets to see the live show!

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The Roastmaster General, Jeffrey Ross, has been tapped to host the New York Comedy Festivals’ “Comics to Watch” showcase, presented by Pandora Internet Radio, on Wednesday, November 9th at Carolines on Broadway.

COMEDY CENTRAL, the preeminent brand in comedy, is teaming up with the New York Comedy Festival, to produce ‘Comics To Watch,’ a live show featuring the best up-and-coming young comedians from across the country.  The comedians, selected by the all-comedy network and the festival organizers, will be chosen for their unique strengths including writing, delivery and stage persona.

Tickets are available here.

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JB SMOOVE is filming a one-hour Comedy Central special during THE NEW YORK COMEDY FESTIVAL and you can be a part of the live audience! Click here to sign up for free tickets! The show is taking place on Sunday, November 13th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Don’t miss out!

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CinemaBlend.com ran a great piece previewing KATHY GRIFFIN’s upcoming return to Carnegie Hall as part of the New York Comedy Festival on November 12th! Tickets are available here and you can read the full article here!

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Tracy Morgan performs live at the Beacon Theatre on Friday, November 11th at 8PM!

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