In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy and a tense presidential election, we could all use a good laugh. So the New York Comedy Festival (newyorkcomedyfestival.com), which began Wednesday, provides timely comic relief. Many of the top-billed performances have already sold out, but you can still fortify your funny bone over the weekend with the talents of these hilarious individuals.
"AN EVENING WITH CHELSEA PERETTI" This nationally touring New York native has written for "Parks and Recreation," appeared on "Louie" and opened for Aziz Ansari, but all those tips of the hat aside, Peretti needs only a microphone to prove her worth. With a biting wit and impish smile, she can be counted on to bring down the house.
WHEN|WHERE Friday night at 10, the Breslin Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel, 16 W. 29th St.
INFO $15, 646-214-5764, thebreslin.com
"ODDLY FAMILIAR: A BEN STILLER SHOW REUNION" Although it was around only from 1990 to 1992, Ben Stiller's sketch comedy show had a real impact. It launched the careers of Stiller, Judd Apatow, Bob Odenkirk, Janeane Garafolo, Andy Dick, Jeff Kahn and Rob Cohen -- all of whom will be on hand to reminisce and ponder the show's legacy.
WHEN|WHERE Saturday at 6:30 p.m., Paley Center for Media, 25 W. 52nd St.
INFO $25, 212-621-6800, paleycenter.org
HANNIBAL BURESS: "STILL SAYING STUFF" One of comedy's most acclaimed rising stars, Buress has been on "Letterman," "Fallon," "Kimmel" and "Ferguson," was a staff writer for "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock," and co-hosts "The Eric Andre Show" on Adult Swim. This past April, he was the inaugural recipient of Best Club Comic at the Comedy Awards. He's the guy the other comics aim to be, but Buress can likely out-funny them all.
WHEN|WHERE Saturday at 8 p.m. Santos Party House, 96 Lafayette St.
INFO $18-$20, 212-584-5492, santospartyhouse.com
"PARTY MACHINE" Hosts Arden Myrin ("Chelsea Lately," "MadTV") and Lisa deLarios' comedy/variety show has a different theme every month. Past parties included a spring-break show, a Valentine's Day show and a snow-day show. No matter what's in store for tomorrow night's fete, Michael Showalter, Gabe Liedman, Debbie Shay and other guests will be sure to make the party a blast.
WHEN|WHERE Saturday at 8 p.m. Union Hall, 702 Union St., Brooklyn
INFO $5, 718-638-4400, unionhallny.com
"THE ART OF STAND-UP" Writer-curator Miriam Katz welcomes comedy cool kids Eugene Mirman, Jerrod Carmichael and Morgan Murphy, plus special surprise guests, as part of a showcase that will attempt to answer the question: "Is stand-up comedy art?"
WHEN|WHERE Sunday at 4 p.m. MoMA P.S. 1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, Queens
INFO $10, 718-784-2084, momaps1.org