N.Y. Comedy Festival Adds 'Tonight Show,' 'Nightly Show' Writers Panels and Comedy Central Live Stand-Up Event

Associated Press
Larry Wilmore

Hannibal Buress, Nick Kroll and Jeff Ross are among those set to participate in the Comedy Central show.

The New York Comedy Festival has added panels with the writers of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and the creative team behind The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore as well as a Comedy Central live stand-up show in Brooklyn featuring Hannibal Buress, Nick Kroll, Jeff Ross and others.

Those additions are just some of the 50 more shows the 2015 festival has added to its lineup.

The Tonight Show panel, moderated by New York Times reporter Dave Itzkoff, will explore how the writers of Jimmy Fallon's version of the long-running late-night show put the episodes together. "A Sit-Down With the Tonight Show Writers," a TimesTalk event, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. at the TimesCenter.

The Nightly Show panel, presented in partnership with The Paley Center for Media and called "Keepin it 100: An Evening With the Creative Team of The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore," will feature the host along with the team behind the show and is set to take place on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 4 p.m. at the Paley Center.

In past years, the New York Comedy Festival has held panels with the writers of shows like The Colbert Report and Late Show With David Letterman.

"Comedy Central Live in Brooklyn" will feature stand-up from Buress and performances by Kroll, Ross, John Mulaney and Natasha Leggero. The event will take place at Kings Theatre on Friday, Nov. 13, at 8 p.m.

The festival has also added a "Lewis Black in Conversation" discussion at the 92nd St. Y (on Tuesday, Nov. 10), live performances from Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments and Craig Robinson and the Nasty Delicious, and the finals of the New York's Funniest Stand-Up competition, past winners of which include Michael Che and Nightly Show correspondent Ricky Velez.

“We are excited about the addition of these shows and panels to round out the lineup for the 2015 festival.  We are extremely proud of this collective group that celebrates the different faces of comedy,” Caroline Hirsch, founder and owner of the New York Comedy Festival and Carolines on Broadway, said in a statement. “It is important to acknowledge that comedy has evolved over the years and this esteemed group of artists will showcase this progression.”

The New York Comedy Festival, presented in association with Comedy Central and now in its 12th year, is set to take place Nov. 10-15 across New York City. More information about the festival is available here.

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