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Funny Ha-Ha

Here are the big-name acts to catch this week at the New York Comedy Festival, November 4–8.

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Andy Samberg.  

Stand Up for Heroes
Town Hall ; 11/4 at 8 p.m.; 123 W. 43rd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-840-2824
It's funny for a good cause when an all-star lineup including Stephen Colbert, Lisa Lampanelli, Louis C.K., and host Brian Williams take the stage of Town Hall, with proceeds to benefit the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

Mike Birbiglia
Town Hall; 11/5 at 8 p.m.; 123 W. 43rd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-840-2824
With contributions to This American Life and the critically acclaimed one-man show Sleepwalk With Me under his belt, Mike Birbiglia is no stranger to storytelling. He'll regale us this week at Town Hall, which is also part of his current I'm in the Future Also tour. Bonus: He's keeping it hush-hush, but his website promises a super-awesome band as the opener.

Ricky Gervais
Carnegie Hall; 11/5 at 8 p.m.; 154 W. 57th St., at Seventh Ave.; 212-247-7800
Following last year's U.S. tour, Out of England (filmed for an HBO comedy special), the multi-talented Brit will play for one night only, with opener (and hometown hero) Todd Barry.

Tracy Morgan
Carnegie Hall; 11/6 at 8 p.m.; 154 W. 57th St., at Seventh Ave.; 212-247-7800
Tracy Morgan's not really known for his restraint, so it's worth checking out this show just to see what will come out of the unpredictable mouth of the 30 Rock star and author of the new memoir I Am the New Black.

Patton Oswalt
Town Hall; 11/7 at 8 p.m.; 123 W. 43rd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-840-2824
Before he hit it big as a lovable animated rat in Ratatouille, he was the lovable alternative comic who founded the well-received Comedians of Comedy tour. This year, he's added movie star (Big Fan) and father to his résumé, but takes time off from daddy duty to tell jokes about geekdom and the KFC Famous Bowl.

Andy Samberg and Friends
Town Hall ; 11/8 at 8 p.m.; 123 W. 43rd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-840-2824
We're not sure what "friends" are going to join the SNL star on his stage show, but if they're the kind that helped him produce songs like "Dick in a Box" and "Lazy Sunday," we're onboard.

Louis C.K.
Carolines on Broadway; 11/8 at 10 p.m.; 1626 Broadway, at 49th St.; 212-757-4100
The Emmy award-winning comedian (and writer and director of the movie Pootie Tang) is one of the most honest and hilarious stand-ups working today. This one-off show is sure to sell out, so we recommend getting tickets, like, yesterday.


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