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NY Comedy Festival Adds Hannibal Buress, Nick Kroll, Bridget Everett and More

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.

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Comedy Night at Knitting Factory

Hannibal Buress used to host this weekly showcase of up-and-coming comics, but now the duties fall on Clark Jones (who has toured with Buress), Will Miles, and Kenny DeForest. Get there early (doors open at 8pm): the event is free and has seen big-name drop-ins like Louis CK and Chris Rock, so the Knit’s front bar tends to get packed.

Related: Watch Hannibal Buress (Attempt to) Do ‘Rapper’s Delight’ With Method Man

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Webbys: Hannibal Buress Isn’t Tituss Burgess But Was Almost Don Draper

(Photo: Ko Fujimura)

(Photo: Ko Fujimura)

After three years of hosting the Webbys, Patton Oswalt ceded the honors to Williamsburg comic Hannibal Buress last night. “I guess the Webbys wanted a new host that would acknowledge WorldStarHipHop,” Buress told the crowd of diners at Cipriani Wall Street. His monologue, which you can watch below, referenced everything from farty Uber rides to Kim Kardashian’s shiny posterior (“it was so shiny that when you looked at it you would just see a reflection of who you really are as a person”). At one point he brought up the Mad Men finale: “I’m still a little bitter that Jon Hamm beat me out for that role years ago. You don’t know the story? It was down to me, Jon Hamm, and Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers.”

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Abbi and Ilana of Broad City Will Kick Off 420-Friendly Internet Week

With Internet Week booting up Monday, organizers of the annual tech-stravaganza have just sent word that none other than Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer will do the opening keynote conversation. The Broad City co-creators are slated to chat with Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwide at the fest’s headquarters, the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Let’s hope they spill some details on their new film deal with Paul Feig.

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The Cause B Show Figured It Should Probably Change Its Name

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Back when we told you about The Cause B Show, a comedy night dedicated to airing issues of import to North Brooklyn, the borough’s own Hannibal Buress hadn’t yet set off the media firestorm that made Bill Cosby synonymous with “putting the pills in the people.”
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Judd Apatow and a Disconcertingly Clean-Shaven Louis CK Have Been Dropping into the Comedy Cellar

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Some weeks ago we heard that funnyman-turned-filmmaker Judd Apatow had been returning to his roots and doing surprise standup sets at the Comedy Cellar. And apparently he’s for real: we spotted him outside of the venue last night, having just dropped in for a set (seems Aziz Ansari also paid a surprise visit). And according to the Twittersphere, he’s appeared there at least nine times since May.
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Watch Hannibal Buress (Attempt to) Do ‘Rapper’s Delight’ With Method Man

Not a day after dropping his new special on Comedy Central, Hannibal Buress celebrated his 31st birthday at the Knitting Factory last night. Sure, his actual birthday was last month — but whatever, it was an excuse to bring his weekly front-bar showcase into the Knit’s spacious back room for a proper rager promising a “VERY special” musical guest.
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You’ll Want to Hit Hannibal Buress’s Birthday Party Sunday

Hannibal Buress really is the man of the hour: not just because he’s celebrating his 31st birthday Sunday, but also because he’s coming off a first season of Broad City that was so great it got name-dropped in a New Yorker cartoon, Seth Rogen just called him “the Jay-Z of stand-up comedy” in a hilarious interview over at Vulture, and his pilot just got picked up. (Actually, his tweet about that last one wasn’t quite true, as he recently explained to Conan). Oh, and his latest hour, “Live From Chicago,” drops Saturday at midnight on Comedy Central.
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Liza Dye's Fundraiser Has Netted $50K, and There's Another Stand-Up Benefit Tonight

Supporters of the comedian who was hit by a train at the Broadway-Lafayette station a week ago have upped their fundraising goal after bring in over $53,000 — and there’ll be another benefit in the East Village tonight.
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Watch Sufjan Stevens and The Roots Do ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’ at the Okayplayer Holiday Jam

(Photo: Brad Farberman)

(Photo: Brad Farberman)

A jam is many things. It’s fun. Loose. Liberating. Social. But it’s also a chance to just make some music, no questions asked, and that was the prevailing vibe Monday as the Roots played the seventh annual Okayplayer Holiday Jam at Brooklyn Bowl.

Okayplayer is a hip-hop website brought to life by Roots drummer Questlove in 1999. Its yearly invitation-only holiday event is notorious for drawing serious, unannounced talent (the only act advertised ahead of time is the Roots).
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