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Link to story on NYTimes.com
August 11th, 2011


Louis C.K., Tracy Morgan, Sarah Silverman, Ricky Gervais, Bill Maher, Wanda Sykes, Russell Peters, Kathy Griffin and Norm Macdonald are among the stars who will go straight for the funny bone around New York City during the eighth annual New York Comedy Festival from Nov. 9 to 13, festival officials will announce Wednesday.

The festival is presented in association with Comedy Central, and is produced by Carolines on Broadway, the New York City comedy club. More than 150 comedians will perform at various spots around the city. This year, for the first time, a performance will be held at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Other sites include the Beacon Theater, Carolines on Broadway, Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street Y.

Citi Private Pass and Verizon FiOS presale tickets will be available beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m. Tickets for the general public go on sale Aug. 15. For more information or to buy tickets, visit nycomedyfestival.com.

The festival highlights include a performance by Louis C.K., the star of the FX series “Louie,” at the Beacon Theater, where Bill Maher (HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher”) will also perform. Mr. Gervais will appear at the 92nd St Y for a conversation with Bill Carter, a reporter for The New York Times. Additional shows, schedule information and locations will be announced later.

An earlier version of this post misstated the day the festival starts. It is Nov. 9, not Nov. 8.

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