Banish those end-of-summer blues with some laughter therapy. From the A-list to the X-rated, this season’s got an impressive line-up of funny on offer in the New York-area this fall.
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival
Serious laughs abound in this four-night comedy festival in Brooklyn, which is devoted, of course, to making fun of comedy festivals (how meta!). Awkward party bus? Check! Caviar eating contest? Check! Petting zoo? Check! What’s not to love about this out-of-the-box comedy event that promises to be weird, wacky and wonderful?
The festival, funded by Mirman’s kickstarter campaign, includes performances by comedy central star H. Jon Benjamin, broadcaster Ira Glass, Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney and of course Mirman himself. For a complete listing of events and ticket information, click here. The Bell House/Union Hall, Sept. 15- 18
Arab-American Comedy Festival
At the Arab-American Comedy Festival, jokes about arranged marriages, racial profiling and President George W. Bush are allowed and encouraged.
The annual event showcases the talent of nearly 50 Arab-American actors, comedians and filmmakers, who use their sharp tongues to raise awareness of important issues and dispel stereotypes. Highlights at this years festival include “Sketchy Arabs,” a night of live sketches from top Arab-American actors, and ” The Haram Show,” a scandalous, X-rated night of stand up. For a complete listing of events and ticket information, click here. People’s Improv Theatre/Gotham Comedy Club, Sept. 25-29
Hoboken Comedy Festival
Now in its second year, the Hoboken Comedy Festival proves that you don’t have to cross the Hudson for great comedy. Performers include Todd Barry of Comedy Central, and Amy Schumer from Last Comic Standing. For a complete listing of events and ticket information, click here. Clearview Cinemas/Maxwell’s Grill, Sept. 30- Oct. 2
The New Yorker Festival
The New Yorker Festival is a grab-bag event featuring engagements with leading actors, artists, authors, politicians and pop culture icons, bringing to life the magazines achievements. For laughs, check out art critic Peter Schjeldahl’s talk with comic Steve Martin on his quirky art collection Sept. 30. Then, on Oct. 1, staff writer Ariel Levy chats with former Saturday Night Live star Amy Poehler. Later that night, funny man Zach Galifianakis of “The Hangover” discusses his online series “Funny or Die” with humor reporter Andy Borowitz. Tickets for each event are $35. For a complete listing of events and ticket information, click here. Various Locations, Sept. 30- Oct. 2
Connecticut Comedy Festival
After he hosts the BET Hip-Hop Award show on Oct. 11, comedian Mike Epps will headline this year’s Connecticut Comedy Festival. Epps, who has appeared alongside Ice Cube in the “Friday” film series, will be joined by the larger-than-life Bruce Bruce, Tony Rock, Chris Rock’s younger brother, and Armed Forces member-turned-comedienne Sheryl Underwood. Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., Oct. 15
The New York Comedy Festival
More than 150 comedians, including Kathy Griffin, Sarah Silverman and Bill Maher, will light up (and laugh up) stages across the city during this annual festival. Palin parodies, gay marriage gags and Sheen shenanigans aside, the Stand Up for Heroes Benefit at the Beacon Theater is always the week’s high point. Presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the benefit kicks off the festival on Nov. 9, raising money for military families. Among the night’s stars are Bruce Springsteen, Ricky Gervais, Jon Stewart and Jim Gaffigan. Tickets start at $100. For a complete listing of events, and ticket information, click here. Various Locations, Nov. 9-13