This year’s New York Comedy Festival kicks off Nov. 1, just days before the U.S. decides on the next president — and Cameron Esposito isn’t about to ignore that in her Friday set at the NYU Skirball Center.
“I’m fired up,” she tells EW. “I feel like we’re in it together and we’re trying to get through this, and it’s a very unusual time to be performing comedy. I’ve never experienced anything like this — people are so stressed out and divided and worked up. And so, it’s the perfect time to get out of your house to go see some jokes!”
And there will be plenty of jokes to see: Along with Esposito, the star-studded lineup also includes Tracy Morgan, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress, Dane Cook, Jay Pharoah, Tig Notaro, Eric André, and Bridget Everett, among others. Here, Esposito gives her recommendations for what to check out during the festival, which runs from Nov. 1 through Nov. 6. See the full lineup and buy tickets here.
Rhea Butcher’s a great comic. I think she’s got a lot of great stuff to say. She’s one of my favorites. I like her so much I married her. [Ed. note: That’s not a joke — Esposito and Butcher wed in 2015, and went on to create and star in Seeso series Take My Wife this year.]
See Butcher at the UCB Chelsea Theatre Nov. 3 at 9:30 p.m.
Big Terrific is an awesome collective of three great comics – Jenny Slate, Max Silvestri, and Gabe Liedman — and they are all L.A.-based now, but they started that show in New York, so as New Yorkers, you should go give them all your love since they’re like, giantly successful and very, very funny and they’re bringing their show home.
See Big Terrific at Bric Arts | Media House Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Hari Kondabolu’s a very incisive political comic, so he would be a great person to see right now. If you wanted to see something besides my show where people talked about current events and talked about what’s going on with our country right now, he’s somebody to go see.
See Kondabolu at the NYU Skirball Center Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
T.J. Miller is somebody you might know more from his roles in TV and film, like he was in Deadpool and he’s one of the stars of Silicon Valley, but I’ve known him for a decade. I started while he was in Chicago and just really watched him a lot the first couple years of my standup career. He’s amazing to see live.
See Miller at Town Hall Nov. 5 at 8 p.m.