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North Coast Comedy Festival

Oct 05 Through Oct 10 | Tue |
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North Coast, New York’s premier hip hop improv group since its start in 2009, is excited to announce the inaugural North Coast Comedy Festival, October 5-10, 2021 in New York City. Bringing together a diverse and eclectic group of performers from around the globe to celebrate and support the comedy industry that has suffered so much this past year, the festival will book 6 days of back-to-back improv, stand-up and sketch performances, with an emphasis on musical comedy. All scheduled shows and festival events will be hosted at Asylum NYC in Chelsea. The schedule and confirmed acts are detailed in the schedule below. Additional performers and line-up will be announced soon, with 3 shows per night, 18 shows total over the course of the 6-day festival. Curated by Victoria Gagliano, RJ Williams, and Douglas Widick with a combined 20 years of experience on the New York and London theatre scenes, the North Coast Comedy Festival aims to highlight and support some of the most exciting and impactful comedy teams in the business, while also giving back to the audiences of New York City and beyond whom they love so much. The motivations behind launching North Coast’s own improv festival, said Douglas Widick, had to do with memories of performing on the road: “we’ve been to all night beach parties in Sarasota, performed in a giant church in Amsterdam, and ate shark meat with improvisers in Iceland. We’ve been handed an amazing set of experiences by other festivals, and it was time to take all that we learned and give back to the community that’s given us so much.” Victoria Gagliano who has been producing theatre in festivals abroad for the last 5 years, including the Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland, said, “I hope to use my experience and passion to recreate the exciting, diverse and eclectic style of these world-renowned festivals here in my hometown of NYC.” North Coast Comedy Festival will be partnering with its venue, Asylum NYC (aka Improv Asylum) who have recently taken over the old UCB Chelsea Space on Manhattan’s west side. In addition to the shows and performances, the Festival will include specially curated networking events, panel discussions, workshops, and after-show drink events for the artists and attendees according to ticketing. Tickets will be $20 individually, $10 to livestream, and there will also be festival packages for purchase including full-festival passes and VIP events. More information on festival ticketing and line-up to be announced soon. First Line-Up Announcements*: Tickets Here There will be 3 shows per date, for a total of 18 shows over the course of the 6-day festival Tues 10/5- 8:30pm: Anybody! An Improvised historical hip hopera in the style of Hamilton Wed 10/6- 8:30pm: I Love NY Improv: Featuring Squirrel and Magnet Theaters Thur 10/7- 8:30pm: Nate and Hila’s Eco Rap Spectacular Fri 10/8- 9:00pm: Astronomy Club Sat 10/9- 7:30pm: AzN PoP! Sun 10/10- 7:00pm: Astronomy Club 9:00pm: North Coast: Flagship Show *Additional line-up to be announced soon

Venue: Aslylum NYC

307 W 26th St Map
21-2-2-03-5435