Free events to enjoy at the 2012 New York Comedy Festival

Key & Peele, live, for free?

You betcha!

A live performance by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele is but one of several free events and things to do if you’re in New York City this November during the 2012 edition of the New York Comedy Festival. It all comes courtesy of the city’s official marketing and tourism group, NYC & Company. Other free funny fun stuff to enjoy during the week of Nov. 5-11, 2012, will include bus and/or walking tours, and improv comedy.

“From live television and theater to comedy clubs and performance artists, comedy is embedded in the fabric of New York City all year-round,” George Fertitta, NYC & Company’s CEO, said in a press release. “We are proud to again present Comedy Week to provide New Yorkers and visitors opportunities to experience some of the funniest performers in the world as they showcase their humor and entertain audiences across the five boroughs.”

If you’re in NYC, you may mark your calendars for any of these free events…

Monday, Nov. 5
The Comedy Bus with Gray Line
UCB performers host a special edition of the Gray Line bus tour of downtown NYC’s most notable landmarks, dishing out historical facts and unexpected laughs along the way. 6pm and 8pm FREE

The Comedy Week Improv Show at UCB East
The Upright Citizens Brigade’s East Village location, UCBeast, will put on an improv show, taking audience suggestions for their long-form scenes about New York life. 9:30pm FREE

Wednesday, Nov. 7
Comedy Week Presents Key & Peele LIVE!
Comedy Central’s Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele perform their first live show in New York City at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. 8pm FREE

Sunday, Nov. 11
Comedy Week Presents Family Funny Featuring the Gotham All-Stars
Gotham Comedy Club (208 W. 23rd St) presents an afternoon of family-friendly comedy. Appropriate for ages 11 and older. 1pm FREE

Available all week long:
Comedy Week presents the Stray Boots West Village Comedy Tour
Stray Boots presents a walking tour-cum-scavenger hunt, sending attendees to comedic sites and locales throughout the West Village and quizzing them.

For more information about Comedy Week, to book tickets to shows and events or to download the Stray Boots West Village Comedy Tour, visit

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