Bill Maher Headlining 2021 New York Comedy Festival

The New York Comedy Festival is back and better than ever.

Organizers announced Monday that Nick Kroll, Bill Maher, Marc Maron, Jon Lovett and more stars will headline this year’s weeklong festival, which will take place in November.

The festival will feature more than 200 comedians from around the world performing over 100 shows across all five boroughs at New York City’s most iconic venues, including the Apollo Theatre, Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Carolines on Broadway, Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden and Town Hall.

“Of all the gigs I missed because of the pandemic, missing this one hurt the most,” said Bill Maher, who will be performing at the Hulu Theater, in a statement. “Thrilled to be back!”

“It’s been a very long and painful time in general and, specifically, for the live event industry,” said Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of the New York Comedy Festival and Carolines on Broadway.

Other comedians participating in the festival include Michelle Wolf, Andrew Santino, Colin Quinn and more.

“We are committed not only to bringing the laughter back to New York City but also to creating opportunities for neighborhood venues across the five boroughs that are the backbone of New York’s comedy scene, which suffered so much during the pandemic.”

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