Caroline Hirsch, founder of Carolines comedy club, started the New York Comedy Festival seven years ago as a way of bringing together many of the comedians who came through her club during the past three decades.
As in the previous festivals, the lineup for this year includes a mix of up-and-coming comedians and household names.
amNewYork spoke with Hirsch about some of the acts she’s looking forward to catching:
“I met him in the early ‘90s when he first came to New York. He has grown so much. Back then, his act was about dating. Now it’s about being divorced with two daughters.”
“He’s observational and snarky, just like what you see on ‘Talk Soup.’ He’s not really known as a stand-up comedian, but we were quite amazed when we booked him.”
“This kid just blew up. We had to add another show. He’s African-American and grew up in Philadelphia. He talks about his life and his family in a way that everyone can relate to. There’s something about him that people really identify with.”
“Maz is Persian-American and is one of the funniest men around. He was born in Iran and raised in California, so he talks about race and politics and his heritage. We like to say he has global appeal. His name appears on marquees in the Big Apple and Abu Dhabi.”
“Margaret’s a trooper who tries everything. She experimented with cabaret and musicals. She’s very prolific and always comes in with a new show. She recently got booted from ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ so maybe she’ll talk about that. Those should be good stories.”
If you go: The New York Comedy Festival runs today through Sunday. Visit nycomedyfestival.com for details.