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New York Comedy Festival shows to see beyond the headliners

Each year, the New York Comedy Festival brings more than 200 comedians to venues across the city, ranging from small clubs to theaters like Carnegie Hall.

This year’s headliners include Tracy Morgan, Dane Cook, Tig Notaro, Trevor Noah, Marc Maron and Patton Oswalt. But with more than 60 shows on the docket, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Here are some other highlights.

Stand Up for Heroes

The festival's flagship event is now in its
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The festival's flagship event is now in its 10th year. An all-star lineup including Louis C.K., Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan and Bruce Springsteen will appear to raise money for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which helps veterans and their families. (Nov. 1, 8:00 p.m., Madison Square Garden, $106 - $5,006)

The Real New York Tour with Tim Dillon

Ever wonder what it would be like if
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Ever wonder what it would be like if those double-decker buses you see around midtown showed tourists more than just the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center? Comedian Tim Dillon, who used to work as a tour guide, will lead an uncensored look at the real New York. He describes it as "the tour I would have given if I didn't care about being fired." (Nov. 1, 7:30 p.m., Carolines On Broadway, $32.75)

Explain America to Me with Charlie Pickering

If this election season has proven anything, it's
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If this election season has proven anything, it's that some American traditions don't really make that much sense to the average person. Charlie Pickering, who hosts a "Daily Show"-style news program in Australia, is inviting some comedians, journalists and others to help explain the country to him -- from politics to etiquette to our food choices. (Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., UCB East Village, $10)

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

Best known for his work on
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Best known for his work on "The Daily Show," Hasan Minhaj's one-man show "Homecoming King" is about growing up as a first-generation Indian-American in a largely white California town. It covers a range of emotions and uses humor to defuse past experiences, like his prom night that turned horrifying when his date's family wouldn't let her be seen with him. (Nov. 3, 10:00 p.m., NYU Skirball Center, $25 - $30)

Rhea Butcher & Cameron Esposito

It's often said that married couples shouldn't work
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It's often said that married couples shouldn't work together, but Rhea Butcher and her wife Cameron Esposito seem to be doing just fine playing versions of themselves on the Seeso series "Take My Wife." Butcher says both the show and her autobiographical stand-up act aim to provide visibility for LGBTQ women by digging into the details of their day-to-day lives, careers, insecurities and relationships. They'll perform separately on the same night, but given the proximity, guest appearances aren't out of the question. (Esposito: Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., NYU Skirball Center, $27; Butcher: Nov 4., 10:30 p.m., UCB East Village, $10)

Jay Pharoah

Earlier this year, Pharoah was released from his
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Earlier this year, Pharoah was released from his contract with "Saturday Night Live." The news shocked fans who had come to love his impressions of President Obama, Will Smith, Kanye West and others during his six seasons on the show. But Pharoah is still plenty busy with standup gigs and music video parodies. He also has a starring role in the Showtime pilot "White Famous," which was created by Jamie Foxx. (Nov. 5, 7:00 p.m., The Gramercy Theatre, $27.50)

Sasheer Zamata’s Party Time

One of the festival's final events features
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One of the festival's final events features "Saturday Night Live's" Zamata. She'll host one of her "Party Time" performances, which typically includes her own stand-up, as well as friends, and in her words, "probably a lot of booze." (Nov. 6, 8:30 p.m., Union Hall, $8 - $10)

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