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Here’s Our Ultimate Guide to This Year’s New York Comedy Festival

The New York Comedy Festival is taking over the city from November 7‚Äď13.

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PixHound/Shutterstock
PixHound/Shutterstock

The time for some good old laughs has finally come. Starting today, the New York Comedy Festival is officially back, and it is bringing over 200 comedians to NYC’s favorite venues from November 7 through November 13.

To help you navigate the massive festival, we put together a handy guide. Below, you can learn more about the festival’s most anticipated performances and venues, as well as important information on how to grab your tickets.

What is this year’s lineup?

With more than 200 comics getting ready to make you laugh your heart out, this year’s New York Comedy Festival is set to be a memorable one. Featuring both local talent and world-famous comedians, including John Mulaney, Mo Amer, Tracy Morgan, JB Smoove, and Wanda Sykes, guests have plenty of options to choose from when selecting their comedy night.

On November 10 and 11, fans of Conan O’Brien will be able to catch him at the Beacon Theater with his Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend podcast show. On November 11, comedy afficionados also have the option to go see John Mulaney’s new show, dubbed John Mulaney: From Scratch, at the UBS Arena at Belmont Park. The day after, headliner Mo Amer is set to hop on the stage at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center twice-the first time at 7 pm and the second at 9:45 pm. Fellow headliner Tracy Morgan¬†will be at Town Hall on November 12, where the audience will get the chance to catch his show Tracy Morgan: No Disrespect.

Other highlights include Wanda Sykes, who is slated to perform live on November 12 at the Beacon Theater, and Jenny Slate, who is taking over Town Hall on November 9. The day after, on November 10, comedy fans are encouraged to head over to the Madison Square Garden and catch a performance by Jo Koy, who will entertain the audience with his show Jo Koy: Funny Is Funny. On November 12, NYC-based comedian Shane Gillis will take it to the stage at Town Hall.

To take a look at all the participating comics and their comedy shows, you can head over to this website.

Where is New York Comedy Festival?

The New York Comedy Festival is a multi-venue event that it is happening across NYC’s five boroughs. The festival’s shows, which number more than 100, will take place at several different venues and comedy clubs across the city, including some staple locations like Apollo Theater, Beacon Theatre, BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Lincoln Center, Carolines On Broadway, Madison Square Garden, and UBS Arena at Belmont Park.

Where can I purchase tickets for the New York Comedy Festival?

Those interested in attending any of the shows can head over to the festival’s official website to purchase their tickets.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.

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Scavenge for Peeps Cookies and More Fun Treats in NYC This Easter

The best Easter desserts in NYC this spring include Easter Bunny Churros and Carrot Cake Macarons.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

As spring makes its way through New York City, not only do we get to enjoy beautiful weather, stunning cherry blossoms, and cool activities priced at $Free.99, but it’s also the perfect time for some limited-edition desserts.

With Easter fast approaching, bakeries are filling their shops with tons of chocolate eggs, carrot cake-flavoured everything and all types of flavours that offer both nostalgia and innovation within the city’s dessert landscape. After you’ve picked up a cake from the city’s best new bakeries, from Easter Bunny Churros to Carrot Cake Macarons, here are 8 Easter desserts to try in NYC right now.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

Throughout April
Various locations
There’s great news for devotees of Magnolia Bakery’s Classic Banana Pudding: For Easter, the spot is mixing up the iconic dessert’s vanilla pudding with some carrot cake. The Carrot Cake Pudding is filled with freshly grated carrots, coconuts, pineapples, raisins, and walnuts. And if both bananas and carrots aren’t your thing, they’ll be offering their Classic Vanilla Cupcakes in pastel colours with a Cadbury chocolate egg hidden inside.

Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery
Photo courtesy of Funny Face Bakery

Funny Face Bakery

Through Easter Sunday
NoHo and Seaport
Known for their celebrity face and meme-worthy decorated cookies, fans of Funny Face Bakery know that a new fun design is always just around the corner. For Easter, they’ve created the adorable Hoppy Easter decorated cookie that resembles a classic box of marshmallow Peeps. Along with that, they also have the return of their fan-favourite Caramel Pretzel Chip cookie flavour, plus a set of three mini-decorated cookies perfect for gifting.

The Doughnut Project

Friday, April 7 through Easter Sunday
West Village
With the ever-changing flavours at The Doughnut Project, it’s super easy to miss out on trying out a new debut. But this Easter weekend, there will be two new flavours available. One is of course, a carrot cake doughnut topped with a cream cheese glaze, and the other is known as the Doughnut Nest-a French cruller “nest” with a cream-filled doughnut hole “egg” in the centre.

Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour
Photo by Cole Saladino, courtesy of The Fragile Flour

The Fragile Flour

Wednesday, April 5 through Easter Sunday
East Village
For stellar vegan desserts this holiday, head to The Fragile Flour, a plant-based bakery and dessert wine bar. They’re known for going all out for each holiday with a variety of new pastry options that you can pair perfectly with a glass of wine. This Easter, they’ll have a whole dessert menu that’s both delicious and gorgeous for posting on IG. The menu includes Stuffed Carrot Cake Cookies, a Lemon Cake (whole or by the slice), some festive cupcakes, and specialty macarons.

Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate
Photo courtesy of Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate

Through mid April
Midtown
For a luxurious take on Easter chocolates, browse the selections available at Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate. You can even pick the Easter Signature Chef’s Selection for a special box curated by award-winning chefs. For something other than chocolate, choose between the Carrot Cake Macarons or the cake flavored Easter Marshmallow Trio, both of which are almost too cute to eat.

La Churreria

Throughout April
Nolita
This churro-centric spot is putting the cutest Easter spin on their crispy cinnamon churros by twisting them up into bunnies and bunny ears. At Churreria, choose from a Bunny Churro Lollipop topped with your choice of chocolate or dulce de leche and sprinkles, or the bunny ear churros in the Ube and Matcha ice cream sundae or the Ube Milkshake, both of which are made with ice cream from il laboratorio del gelato.

Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci
Photo by Briana Balducci

Lafayette

Throughout April
NoHo
You’ve surely seen this croissant tons of times while scrolling through IG or TikTok, whether it’s the Pain au Chocolat one or the latest of the month. Known as Supr√™mes, these filled croissants went viral and continue to live up to the hype each time a new flavour comes out. April’s flavour-sour cherry amaretto with a Luxardo custard and toasted almonds. While you’ll have to be super early and wait in line during one of their three drops of the day to get a taste, we promise you it’ll be worth it.

Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain
Photo courtesy of Levain

Levain

Seasonal
Various locations
We all know the iconic cookies from Levain-they’re gigantic, perfectly crispy and chewy, and well worth the long lines. For spring, the shop is launching a new flavour: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip. Filled with gooey caramel chips, fresh shredded coconut, and melty dark chocolate, it’s one you’ve got to try while it’s still around. To further celebrate the new season, all of Levain’s storefronts will be decked out in spring floral displays, serving as the perfect backdrop for pictures.

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Alaina Cintron is an Editorial Assistant at Thrillist. Her work can also be found in Westchester Magazine, Girls’ Life, and Spoon University. When she’s not at her desk typing away, you can find her exploring a local coffee shop or baking a new recipe.

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