Top ten must-watch shows during the NY Comedy Festival
by Jennifer Khedaroo
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Catch Adam Conover from 'Adam Ruins Everything' on November 11.
Catch Adam Conover from 'Adam Ruins Everything' on November 11.
The 14th Annual New York Comedy Festival, from November 7 to 12, is bringing the laughs to Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. This year’s festival features more than 40 shows in total with something for everyone. Not sure where to start? Here are ten shows that are can’t-miss!

2 Dope Queens - Friday, November 10 | 7:30 & 10:30 p.m. - The Bell House, 149 7th St., Gowanus - Phoebe Robinson and Jessica Williams are two powerhouses. The two launched 2 Dope Queens, a podcast, in April 2016 and instantly became a hit. The podcast mirrors their live comedy show in Brooklyn and tackles two twenty-something women living in New York City. They discuss everything from sex to romance to hair issues.

Forever - Tuesday, November 7 | 9:30 p.m. - 154 W 29th St., Midtown - Do you love improv? How about reading the New York Times wedding announcements? A group of comedians will create a funny show based on wedding announcements. The lineup includes Catherine LeClair, Collin Gossel, Dan Jackson, Jake Heller and Mallory Muratore.

Hidden Fences - Wednesday, November 8 | 7:30 p.m. - The Bell House, 149 7th St., Gowanus - Inspired by viral mistakes made at the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, which combined the movies “Hidden Figures” and “Fences,” this comedy mashup will incorporate the two stories into one. The show will feature “Fences” main character, Tory, becoming the first black man to hit a baseball into space. The Hidden Figure characters do the math to help the ball get there.

Clutch War: An “I Don’t Think So, Honey!” Deathmatch - Tuesday, November 7 | 8:30 p.m. - 307 Kent Ave, Williamsburg - If you’ve ever ranted about pop culture, this one’s for you. Twenty of the city’s most exciting comedians will battle out their very best “I Don’t Think So, Honeys!” Each comedian will have a minute-long rant about anything in pop culture that has been driving them insane. The comedians are split into two groups for battle in the Clutch War, all competing to be the “ultimate in cultural destruction.” The competition is brought to you by masterminds Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang.

Vir Das - Thursday, November 9 | 7 p.m. - BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St., Tribeca - Vir Das’ stardom has grown to morph him into India’s version of Ben Stiller or Adam Sandler. His unique point-of-view, mostly inspired by his upbringing in India, remains relatable for people of all backgrounds.

A Toast to the O.G.’s of Comedy - Thursday, November 9 | 8 p.m. - NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Pl., Greenwich Village - Cedric the Entertainer and Tracy Morgan grace the stage as comedians toast to the trailblazing standups. The night will include unfiltered night of hilarious standup from Jak Knight, Derek Gaines, Donnell Rawlings, Tracy Ashley and Kevin Iso. Tracy and Cedric will also have a sit-down conversation with the comedians who look up to them. Proceeds from the event will go to the Fortune Society, a charity that supports successful re-entry from incarceration.

Nore Davis - Friday, November 10 | 8 p.m. - The Creek & The Cave, 10-93 Jackson Ave, Long Island City - Nore Davis will present an hour of new material featuring family and relationships with a larger point of identity, race, politics and sex. He’ll have support from fellow funny people Marie Faustin, Sydnee Washington and Petey Deabreu.

Adam Ruins Everything Live - Saturday, November 11 | 7 p.m. - The Gramercy Theatre, 127 E 23rd St., Gramercy Park - Adam Conover’s informational comedy TV show “Adam Ruins Everything” will be live on stage! Conover, along with the show’s writer and other performers, will prepare a “comedic assault on ignorance” so prepare to have your misconceptions shattered.

Impractical Jokers - “Santiago Sent Us” Tour - Thursday, November 9 | 8 p.m.- Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, Midtown - The Impractical Jokers, aka The Tenderloins, will bring the laughs to Madison Square Garden. Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano are the creators, executive producers and stars of truTV’s hit series, “Impractical Jokers.” This live show will feature some of the funniest sketches you’ll ever see.

Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig - Saturday, November 11 | 9:30 p.m. - The Gramercy Theatre, 127 E 23rd St., Gramercy Park - Grace Helbig’s “Not Too Deep” show is just that, not too deep. Expect a show that’s more about the laughs and less about emotions. The unapologetically superficial show is a reflection of Helbig’s podcast.

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