Gottfried, Essman top bill, but Woodstock Comedy Fest features more

Susie Essman

Susie Essman

Celebrated actor, stand-up comic, and Saturday Night Live alumnus Gilbert Gottfried headlines this year’s Woodstock Comedy Festival, held Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25 as a benefit for Family of Woodstock and for the Polaris Project against human trafficking. Susie Essman, known for playing furious, foul-mouthed Susie Green on Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, will host up-and-coming young female comedians at Laughingstock, the opening event on Friday, September 23, 8 p.m., at the Bearsville Theater, 291 Tinker Street, Woodstock. Admission runs from $20 to $50.

Saturday’s afternoon shows include panels on “The Era of the Podcast,” moderated by Eddie Brill, and “How offensive is too offensive” with Gottfried. Each has a $10 admission, and both will be held at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, 28 Tinker Street, Woodstock.

Gottfried will appear Saturday, September 24 at 8 p.m. at the Bearsville Theater, along with Eddie Brill, the festival’s talent coordinator, who worked for The Late Show with David Letterman. Admission is $20 to $60. In Secrets of the Simpsons, 10 p.m. Saturday, September 24 at Bearsville, after the Gottfried show, Mike Reiss, co-creator of the four-time Emmy-winning cartoon series will tell backstage tales from his 25 years on the show, including dealings with censors, celebrity guests, and even foreign governments will be at.


Sunday, September 25 will feature a pair of films beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock.

Schedules and tickets are available at