Conan launches fresh faces at New York Comedy Festival Comics to Watch showcase

The New York Comedy Festival and Team Coco have announced their list for this year’s Comics to Watch showcase. This is the ninth annual showcase and one of the festival’s most popular events. Each comedian is hand picked by O’Brien’s Team Coco. The fresh faces will perform on November 7 at Carolines on Broadway.

The event boasts that it will feature the “next generation” of stand-up comedians. The performers represent comedy scenes across the United States and Canada to perform for both fans and industry executives as part of the festival. This year’s show will feature sets from Catherine Cohen, Mohanad Elshieky, Robby Hoffman, Orlando Leyba, Gavin Matts, Rebecca O’Neal, Corey Rodrigues, Julia Shiplett, Paige Weldon, and Aaron Woodall.

Past Comics To Watch showcases have helped the industry discover comedians such as Saturday Night Live head writer Michael Che, Ali Wong, Jo Firestone, and Jaboukie Young-White.

After the show, two of the comedians will be asked to appear on TBS’ Conan next year. O’Brien and Team Coco are very involved in the NYCF. The 15-year-old festival is produced by Carolines on Broadway and TBS, Conan’s channel. The historic Sony Hall will become Team Coco House for the remainder of the festival which will feature comedy shows with comedians such as John Oliver, Chris Gethard, Tig Notaro, Jenny Slate, Nicole Byer, Sasheer Zamata, and O’Brien himself. The House originally premiered as a comedy pop-up last July at San Diego Comic-Con.

Tickets for Comics to Watch are available on the Carolines website.

Rosa Escandon

I am a stand up comic and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. When I'm not on stage, I am Comedy Editor for The Tusk, sit on the board of the Cinder Block Comedy Festival, and writing my next project. I am passionate about writing about feminism and comedy as well as how women, LBGTQ people, and minorities are changing the face of comedy and entertainment. You may have seen me on Buzzfeed Video, Seriously.TV, aplus, or maybe just on twitter.

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