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Laugh Tracks

What to check out at the New York Comedy Festival, running November 6 to November 10, 2013.


Funny people: John Mulaney, Stephen Colbert, Maria Bamford, and Wanda Sykes.   

Stand Up for Heroes
Theater at MSG; 4 Penn Plz., nr. 32nd St.; 212-465-6741; 11/6 at 8 p.m.
Nothing warms the heart like famous people banding together for a good cause. Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Roger Waters, and more do just that in this benefit for injured service members, veterans, and their families. Your parents would love it if you took them.
Cost: $124-$5,$156. Tickets.

Hannibal Buress
NYU Skirball Center; 566 LaGuardia Pl., at Washington Sq. South; 212-992-8484; 11/6 at 8 p.m.
Buress's career shoots faster than we can sometimes keep up with. The latest is that he's signed a multi-platform deal with Comedy Central, encompassing a recurring role on the upcoming series Broad City, an hour-long stand-up special, a national tour, and an unscripted pilot. Tomorrow, who knows.
Cost: Two for $35. Tickets.

Stephen Colbert
The Town Hall; 123 W. 43rd St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-840-2824; 11/7 at 8 p.m.
Can we call him America's Sweetheart? We're going to. America's Sweetheart and a panel of writers give us the lowdown on what goes on behind the scenes at The Colbert Report.
Cost: $57.60–$61.75. Tickets.

Wanda Sykes
The Beacon Theater; 2124 Broadway, nr. 74th St.; 212-465-6500; 11/7 at 8 p.m.
You never know what’s gonna come out of the mouth of this Curb Your Enthusiasm star and comedy vet, but it’s always fun to find out.
Cost: $61.50–$99.85. Tickets.

Maria Bamford
NYU Skirball Center; 566 LaGuardia Pl., at Washington Sq. South; 212-992-8484; 11/8 at 8 p.m.
For a preview of her live act, check out Bamford’s Special Special Special!, which was taped before an audience of two—her parents—and drew as many laughs from its awkwardness as for the jokes. Ridiculously original, odd, and confessional.
Cost: $30. Tickets.

W. Kamau Bell
Gramercy Theatre; 127 E. 23rd St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-614-6932; 11/8 at 8 p.m.
You’ve seen the sociopolitical comic on TV, even more this season since his show Totally Biased was picked up nightly by the FXX network. Tonight, see him live, with Rob Cantrell.
Cost: $19. Tickets.

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