New York Comedy Festival set to return this fall, mayor says

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced the return of the New York Comedy Festival this fall.

"Last year, we lost the comedy festival for the first time in 17 years because of COVID, but now it's back, and I guarantee that it will be better than ever," de Blasio said.

The comedy festival is set to happen from November 8-14 with 200 performers and over 100 shows at venues across the city including the Apollo Theater, BAM, Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Carolines on Broadway, and Madison Square Garden.

"Making New Yorkers smile, making New Yorkers laugh giving us hope again, is something that's truly New York and we love," he added.

The mayor also announced that the city's "Movies under the stars" will also return with free movies in parks across all five boroughs.

The program will feature films include “RENT,” “Coco,” and “Captain America,” as well as two short films from the New York Public School Film Festival.