Published on September 6th, 2011 | by Sharilyn Johnson0
New Yorker Festival: who booked this thing?
Since popping down to NYC for the 2008 edition of the New Yorker Festival, covering the Stephen Colbert Q&A and the all-star Political Humor panel, I’ve been wanting to return. This year won’t be the year, but it’s just as well.
It’s not who the organizers have booked. Aside from a hippie-pleasing assortment of film and literary types, there’s enough straight-up comedy on tap: Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, and Zach Galifinakis are each going to be “in conversation” on the Saturday of the three-day festival. (The conversation with Steve Martin is billed as “all about art”, lest there be a repeat of the 92nd St Y fiasco.)
It’s the when that really baffles me. Three comedians. Three days. And they manage to schedule the Ansari event directly up against the Galifinakis one. Come on, guys.
If you have to make a choice when tickets go on sale this Friday (Sept. 9), I’d personally go with Galifinakis. Partly because the interview is being conducted by Andy Borowitz, and partly because Galifinakis is a great live interview. His edition of Carl Arnheiter’s Inside Joke at the UCB Theatre back in 2008 was endlessly fun, a taste of which can be found here.