Experience Ideas at The New Yorker Festival

October 2023

The 24th annual New Yorker Festival rolls into Manhattan this October, with writers and editors from the renowned publication in conversation with artists, authors, comedians, filmmakers, and more. Residents of the Midtown rentals at 555TEN are in a prime spot to lap up the culture at this celebrated event.

A little background on The New Yorker

The quintessential companion for chic residents of this city and the world, The New Yorker started life in 1925 as a sophisticated humor magazine and has gone on to become the byword for urban culture, publishing everything from the wry cartoons of James Thurber to Annie Proulx’s 1997 short story “Brokeback Mountain.”

Where and when is this year’s New Yorker Festival?

The event is spread over a long weekend—Friday, October 6 through Sunday, October 8. Friday’s lineup kicks off in the evening, while Saturday and Sunday are packed with events from morning through night. Two venues serve as hosts: the East Village’s Webster Hall, with its jaw-droppingly beautiful Grand Ballroom, and the SVA Theatre in the heart of Chelsea.

Who’s on the lineup?

As ever, there is a dizzying array of guests, although some talks are now sold out. Here are our picks from what’s still available:

How to Be Funny, with Samantha Irby, Vinson Cunningham, Naomi Fry, and Alexandra Schwartz: the comedy writer Samantha Irby speaks with New Yorker staff writers to discover what it takes to raise a laugh from a complete stranger (October 6).

John Turturro talks with Tyler Foggatt: the star of diverse movies, including The Big Lebowski and The Batman, chats about his life and career (October 7).

Molly Ringwald talks with Lauren Collins: for fans of 1980s movies like The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, this one is a must (October 7).

Rachel Bloom talks with Rachel Syme: the cocreator and star of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, discusses her hit “musical dramedy” and other shows she’s been a part of (October 8).

Is anything else happening?

Absolutely! Check out the full program.There are advanced screenings of JFK: One Day in America and The Holdovers, both of which feature post-screening conversations with the filmmakers (October 8). There’s also an interactive evening of competitive cartooning with New Yorker regulars Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell, Drew Dernavich, Sarah Kempa, and Jeremy Nguyen (October 8). And if you’re looking to keep the party going on Saturday, there’s late-night DJing from drag queen and club legend Kevin Aviance.

How do I get tickets for The New Yorker Festival?

All events are ticketed separately. Visit The New Yorker Festival website and take your pick.

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