The New York Comedy Festival wasn’t exactly hurting for more star power, what with heavy hitters like Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman and Nathan Fielder already in the mix. (Above, peep the loopy trailer for the forthcoming season of Nathan For You.) But it has gone and upped the ante by adding a bunch o’ top-notch acts, starting with a Comedy Central-branded night headlined by Williamsburg’s own Hannibal Buress, at the Kings Theatre.
The November 13 event will also feature sets from Nick Kroll (maybe he can explain what the hell his The League castmate was thinking when he made up a 9/11 story), Kroll’s “Too Much Tuna” co-conspirator John Mulaney, Natasha Laggero, and roastmaster Jeff Ross. Plus some others to be announced (fingers crossed for Broad City). Sure, seeing stand-up in a cavernous venue always sucks, but the recently renovated Kings is a real stunner, and, crucially, it boasts more bars than we’ve ever seen under one roof before.
Other newly added events include discussions with Lewis Black (bring an ear horn — he’s a mumbler), and the writers of The Tonight Show and The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore.
What we’re looking forward to the most, though, is a performance by Joe’s Pub fixture Bridget Everett, who crushed it (no, I mean, she like almost crushed a guy when she sat on his face) at Hannibal Buress’s birthday bash and has been rising ever since, most recently with a saucy bit in Trainwreck. She and her backing band, The Tender Moments, will be doing their outrageous cabaret thing at the Gramercy Theatre on Thursday, November 12.
Tickets for some of this stuff went on sale this morning, so get on it.