The New York Comedy Festival (NYCF), in association with Viacom's
comedy channel Comedy Central has announced over 70 additional
shows taking place at more than 25 venues throughout New York
City, to its 2012 schedule in November.
highlight is two events in partnership with The Paley Center
for Media: a reunion of the creative minds behind the TV series
The Ben Stiller Show and a Conversation with Denis Leary in
celebration of his new publication on Christmas.
addition, the NYCF's New York's Funniest Stand-Up competition,
brought in partnership with JetBlue, and the festival's Comics
To Watch program will offer emerging comics a platform to
showcase their work to industry professionals in front of
a live audience.
Ben Stiller Show debuted on MTV in 1990 and ran for 13episodes
before moving to Fox for twelve episodes in 1992. A blend
of a sketch comedy and backstage intrigue, The Ben Stiller
Show launched the careers of Stiller, Judd Apatow, Bob Odenkirk,
Janeane Garafolo, Andy Dick, Jeff Kahn and Rob Cohen each
of whom will participate in the 20th anniversary reunion at
the Paley Center to share memories. Denis Leary's holiday
song on Chritsmas has been transformed into an interactive
children's picture book
for adults. With new verses
and original stop-motion-animation art, the dirty ditty will
arrive on the shelves just in time to ruin yet another holiday.
Leary joins the NYCF for a Conversation with Kate Snow about
this comedy classic at The Paley Center for Media on 9 November.
the festival's commitment to discovering and showcasing new
talent, the festival will host the Comics To Watch programme,
a live stand-up show featuring the best up-and-coming young
comedians from across the country, chosen by the festival
organizers and Comedy Central for their strengths in writing,
delivery and stage persona. The NYCF will also host New York's
Funniest Stand-Up, a competition that will see finalists judged
by a panel of industry experts.
few of the other NYCF shows announced are:
Made It Weird' with Pete Holmes Live Podcast
' Series - One Comic, One Show, One Hour
and Sara and Friends'
Work with Colin Quinn'
York Comedy Festival founder, owner Caroline Hirsch said,
"Each year we strive to present the very best and most
diverse comedy programming. In addition to the major theater
shows we're producing, we also have a wide variety of specialty
shows, conversations, competitions, podcasts, and other great
events taking place. We're proud and thrilled to include among
those events a 20th anniversary reunion of 'The Ben Stiller
Show' and a conversation with Denis Leary, as part of this