Bill Cosby, Marc Maron & Maria Bamford top the New York Comedy Festival lineup
Daniel King

Carolines on Broadway, in association with Comedy Central, revealed several of the hilarious comedians who will be performing at the New York Comedy Festival this November. Festival veterans Bill Maher and Maria Bamford will be headlining this year's fest, as will Bill Cosby, who is performing at the festival for the first time in its history.

Cosby is a big get for the festival which was founded by Caroline Hirsch in 2004. Hirsch told the New York Post, “People are just so taken in by Bill, they really are. He’s been doing it for so many years and he’s so brilliant at it.” Cosby's set will take place at Carnegie Hall on Saturday Nov. 8, 2014.

“WTF” host Marc Maron will perform at NYU Skirball Center on Friday, Nov. 7 and Jessimae Peluso & Carly Aquilino will also perform at the same venue the following night. Amy Schumer is making her first appearance at the New York Comedy Festival with her stand-up show “Amy Schumer: Professional” at Carnegie Hall on Nov. 7. “Parks and Recreation” star Nick Offerman will also be making his festival debut with a show at the Beacon Theatre on Nov. 8.

Back in 2011, in conjunction with the New York Comedy Festival, the Beacon Theatre played host to Louis C.K.'s special “Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon,” which he later released on his website as a $5.00 download. The special went on to generate over $1 million in sales in less than two weeks. “Real Time” host Bill Maher will be performing at the Beacon this year, on Friday, Nov. 7.

Last year's New York Comedy Festival included performances from Maria Bamford, Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Wanda Sykes and more. Other notable events included a conversation with Larry David and David Steinberg, as well as panel discussions with David Cross and Nick Kroll.

Other hilarious comics appearing at the 2014 edition of the New York Comedy Festival include Tig Notaro, Hannibal Buress and Chris D'Elia. Additional performers, panels and discussions will be announced later this year.

Tickets for individual shows go on sale to the general public on Monday, Aug. 11 and range in price from about $35 to over $100. A festival pass will be available for purchase in September. The New York Comedy Festival takes place at various venues throughout New York City, Nov. 5 – 9.

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