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The Hudson Valley Comedy Festival takes place in Peekskill this weekend

3 days, 6 comedy shows, over 50+ comedians in 2 venues, and non-stop laughter come to Peekskill this weekend in the Hudson Valley Comedy Festival

Here ye! Here ye! The first annual Hudson Valley Comedy Festival is coming to Peekskill! This 3-day weekend long event split between two Peekskill venues is chock full of so many laughs that the smile on your face will not disappear for weeks and your stomach will ache from laughing so hard.



On Friday January 12, Gleason’s will be packed to the gills as not one, not two, not three, four or five, but over 50 nationally known comedians, yes you read that right, 50 nationally known comedians, will be coming to Peekskill to make you laugh till your socks fall off. These comedians have been featured on Comedy Central, Netflix, HBO, Hulu, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and many more.

Two separate standup comedy shows: one at 8 pm and one at 10 pm will each feature different standup comedians competing for audience laughs. The more you laugh and enjoy, the better the chance a comedian has to advance to the next round. The final round will occur on Sunday, January 14th where ultimately one comedian will be crowned the Hudson Valley Comedy Festival Comic Champion. Individual tickets for each show are available for $20 each or an All Weekend Access Pass can be purchased to attend this and all of the other HVCF weekend shows.

On Saturday January 13, the Factoria on John Walsh Boulevard will present two comedy shows. At 8 pm The Secret Comedy Show with begin with surprise guests and unexpected twists. This clandestine comedy extravaganza promises to keep you guessing and giggling all night long. Comedians from Comedy Central, Netflix, HBO, MTV, Hulu and more! Grab your sense of adventure and get ready for a night of undercover hilarity that will leave you begging for more! Shh… it’s a secret!  Individual tickets for this show are available for $35 or the All Weekend Access Pass can be purchased to attend this and the other HVCF weekend shows.


The second show on Saturday January 13 at the Factoria, is a Comedy Dating Show at 10 pm. There are two ways to enjoy this show, you can be an audience member or you can kick-start the show, take the lead on stage, be blindfolded and wait to see what happens next! Do as you wish, but if the later sounds like you, purchase a show ticket, and apply via @HVComedyFest Instagram or [email protected] with a recent photo, ticket proof, and a brief bio. Either way this dating show is sure to bring a night of unfiltered fun. Individual tickets for this show are available for $25 or the All Weekend Access Pass can be purchased to attend this and the other HVCF weekend shows.

On Sunday January 14 at 6 pm the shows return back to Gleason’s where the variety sketch  comedy group Time to Kill will begin at 6 pm. This show will have you doubled over and tears rolling down your cheeks. After the writers’ strike, writers and producers at The Daily Show, The Tonight Show, and more have come together with the best comedians in NYC for Time to Kill: A Sketch Comedy Show. Time to Kill is a true sketch comedy variety sketch show made up of the best comedians in New York City — with each performance packed with sketches, musical numbers, celebrity impressions, and more.Time Out NY recently wrote Time to Kill Comedy Sketch is “one of the best things to do in NYC” and the NY Times just received the show as “What to Do in NYC in October 2023.” The team’s live sketch comedy credits include: being the headliners at the 2023 NY SketchFest and 2023 NY Comedy Festival. Members of Time to Kill performed their original sketches on NBC’s comedy series Bring the Funny across several episodes with Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen, Amanda Seales, and Jeff Foxworthy. The show features Rachael Burke (The Tonight Show), McKenna Cox (NBC’s Bring the Funny), J. Steven Madura (Super Sketch Tuesday), Sila Puhl (The Daily Show), Nick Reichheld (NBC’s Bring the Funny), and stand-up from rotating featured acts (different for every show)! Individual tickets for this show are available for $25 or the All Weekend Access Pass can be purchased to attend this and the other HVCF weekend shows.

The Hudson Valley Comedy Festival will conclude at 8 pm on Sunday January 14th at Gleason’s with the HVCF FINALS. At this show, the Hudson Valley Comedy Festival highlights the funniest comedians of the weekend. The best comics that the audience voted for on Friday make their way to the center stage for the final round of brand new jokes as comedians battle it out for every last laugh as the audience votes for whoever they think is the funniest! In the end, a winner will be crowned The Hudson Valley Comedy Festival Champion and receive a cash prize! Individual tickets for this show are available for $20 or the All Weekend Access Pass can be purchased to attend this and the other HVCF weekend shows.

For more information about any of the Hudson Valley Comedy Festival shows, tickets, or the All Access Passes, visit the Hudson Valley Comedy Festival website or their Instagram page.  



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As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]