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Initial slate of headliners unveiled for 2011 New York Comedy Festival

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A lot of big names in comedy familiar to past editions of the New York Comedy Festival will be returning to headline the 2011 edition this coming November.

Louis C.K., Tracy Morgan, Sarah Silverman, Ricky Gervais, Bill Maher, Wanda Sykes, Russell Peters, Kathy Griffin and Norm Macdonald are among the initial slate of headliners unveiled today to the media by Carolines on Broadway, which produces the fest in association with Comedy Central.

Pre-sale tickets for Citi and Verizon FiOS members is available tomorrow morning, with general public ticket sales offered Aug. 15. The fest itself runs Nov. 9-13, 2011, at venues including Carolines, the Beacon Theater, Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, and Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Here is what is confirmed thus far. More shows and venues will be announced later.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10

LOUIS CK  - 7:30 PM AND 10:15 PM AT BEACON THEATRE

RUSSELL PETERS, BACK ON THE GRIND  - 7:30 PM AT CAROLINES ON BROADWAY

WANDA SYKES LIVE - 8:00 PM AT TOWN HALL

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11

BILL BURR: THAT’S WHAT YOU GET - 7:30 PM AT CARNEGIE HALL

TRACY MORGAN:  THE EXPERIENCE – 8:00 PM AT BEACON THEATRE

RUSSELL PETERS, BACK ON THE GRIND  - 8:00 PM  & 10:30 PM AT CAROLINES ON BROADWAY

JOHN PINETTE: STILL HUNGRY - 7:30 PM AT TOWN HALL

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12

KATHY GRIFFIN: TIRED HOOKER - 8:00 PM AT CARNEGIE HALL

AN EVENING WITH BILL MAHER – 7:30 PM AT THE BEACON THEATRE

NORM MACDONALD LIVE – 8:00 PM AT TOWN HALL

RUSSELL PETERS, BACK ON THE GRIND - 8:00 PM & 10:30 PM AT CAROLINES ON BROADWAY

SARAH SILVERMAN AND FRIENDS - 8:00 PM AT BAM

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13

A CONVERSATION WITH RICKY GERVAIS MODERATED BY BILL CARTER - 7:30 PM AT 9ND STREET Y

JO KOY: LIGHTS OUT TOUR - 8:00 PM AT TOWN HALL

RUSSELL PETERS, BACK ON THE GRIND - 7:30 PM AT CAROLINES ON BROADWAY

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