O'Donnell opening New York Comedy Fest


NEW YORK -- Rosie O'Donnell will open this year's fourth annual New York Comedy Festival, organizers said Thursday.

She will perform on the festival's opening night -- Tuesday, Nov. 6 -- at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall and welcome a number of special guests.

The performance will benefit O'Donnell's organization Rosie's Broadway Kids, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the arts.

"I am honored to open this year's New York Comedy Festival," O'Donnell said. "There is no better city in the world, and I am looking forward to taking the stage for a great cause."

The NYCF runs through Nov. 11. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are Sarah Silverman, Denis Leary, Louis CK, Artie Lange, Damon Wayans, Bill Maher and Seth MacFarlane.