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NYC & COMPANY ANNOUNCES GET MORE NYC: COMEDY WEEK, NOVEMBER 9–13, WITH NEW YORK COMEDY FESTIVAL AND COMEDY CENTRAL

Comedy Week Highlights Include NYCF Performers Bill Burr, Louis C.K., Ricky Gervais, Kathy Griffin, Jo Koy, Norm Macdonald, Bill Maher, Tracy Morgan, Russell Peters, John Pinette, Sarah Silverman and Wanda Sykes

Enter the Laugh More NYC Sweepstakes for a Chance to Win Tickets to an Exclusive Comedy Week Event Hosted by Z100’s Elvis Duran on November 13 at Tribeca Performing Arts Center —

New York City (October 4, 2011) — NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, the New York Comedy Festival and COMEDY CENTRAL today announced the first-ever Get More NYC: Comedy Week, taking place from November 9 to 13. More than 150 comedians will descend on New York City this fall to showcase their humor in over 50 comedy shows throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens.  Comedians already scheduled to perform include Bill Burr, Louis C.K., Ricky Gervais, Kathy Griffin, Jo Koy, Norm Macdonald, Bill Maher, Tracy Morgan, Russell Peters, John Pinette, Sarah Silverman and Wanda Sykes, with new acts added frequently. The New York Comedy Festival is one of the world’s top comedy events attracting more than 30,000 attendees in 2010. This year there are more shows, more venues and an exclusive Laugh More NYC comedy event hosted by Z100 on-air personality Elvis Duran on November 13 at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

“New York City is home to some of the most popular stand-up comedians who bring live comedy entertainment to city stages every single day,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company. “Comedy Week displays New York City’s humor and proves that there is no other city that embraces laughter more than our own five boroughs. I invite New Yorkers to laugh more this fall and experience New York City comedy at its best.” 

“We’re excited to be partnering with NYC & Company and Comedy Central on this first-ever Comedy Week,” says Caroline Hirsch, owner of Carolines on Broadway and the New York Comedy Festival. “We hope that Comedy Week will further raise awareness about stand-up comedy in New York and what it means to this city. And with sitcoms, late-night shows and feature films being shot here on an ever-increasing basis, New York is truly the comedy capital of the world.”

“NYC has a rich history in comedy and truly encapsulates the comedy DNA of our network,” said Mitch Fried, SVP, COMEDY CENTRAL Live Entertainment. “With our headquarters and several Emmy and Peabody Award–winning shows in production here, New York City is COMEDY CENTRAL.”

A few of the new shows scheduled for Comedy Week include:

  • Yannis Pappas: Confessions of a Prep School Gangster
  • New York’s Funniest Stand-Up Competition Finals
  • The Download hosted by Jordan Rubin and co-hosted by Owen Benjamin
  • Comedy in the Digital Space Panel
  • JB Smoove One-Hour Comedy Central Special Taping
     

For a complete list of newly added shows, please visit nycomedyfestival.com.

In celebration of Comedy Week, fans can enter the Laugh More NYC Sweepstakes for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the exclusive Laugh More NYC comedy show hosted by Elvis Duran, on-air personality for New York’s Z100. The event takes place on November 13, at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.* To enter the sweepstakes, visit nycgo.com/comedy before 5pm on November 1.

For more information about Comedy Week and to read about what some of the participating comedians have to say about the festival, visit nycgo.com/comedy.

Get More NYC is a domestic and international campaign supported by $14 million in media value that fully integrates dining, shopping, arts, culture,museums, comedy, hotels, Broadway, transportation and attractions by providing exclusive offers and savings for visitors and locals.

In 2010 New York City attracted 48.7 million visitors who contributed about $31 billion in spending. New York City remains on track to achieve Mayor Bloomberg’s goal to attract 50 million visitors annually to New York City by 2012.

*No purchase is necessary to enter and win. The sweepstakes begins at 9am on October 3, 2011, and ends at 5pm on November 1, 2011. The sweepstakes is open to those 21 years of age or older and who are lawful, permanent residents of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Pennsylvania. Void where restricted or prohibited by law. Please visit nycgo.com/comedy to enter and to view a full set of the official rules. The approximate retail value of each prize is $70.  

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Contact:   Emily Mayrath/NYC & Company     212-484-1270