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Comedy Festival Draws Big Names to Hoboken

Five nights of stand up, coming your way.

The Hoboken Comedy Festival is returning to Hoboken for its third year this month.

With six shows over five days in multiple locations around town, the festival is bigger than in previous years, promised organizer Dan Frigolette.

Frigolette, a Hobokenite and comedian, moved to the Mile Square in 2008.

When Frigolette, 29, first moved to town, he said he found it difficult to meet other Hobokenites. When going to bars, he said, "you'd meet people from further in Jersey." But Frigolette remembers thinking, "How do I meet people from Hoboken? Where are they going?"

With the comedy festival, Frigolette wanted to make people say "hey guys, let’s hang out here, let’s stay here," he said.

The comedy festival starts on October 10 and runs through October 14. The schedule can be found on the website. Ticket sales vary from $12/$15 (in the pre-sale) to $20/$25 at the door on the night of the event.

The festival is also a sign that comedy is making a bit of a comeback, Frigolette said. 

"Early 2000s and 1990s, comedy clubs were just dying," he said. "Opportunities were limited. But we are back in a good place."

There are still tickets available for the performances.

Frigolette, who will headline the famous Caroline's on Broadway later this month, is one of the performers.

There will be some surprises throughout the festival, but Frigolette said he didn't want to give anything away.

Aspiring comedians in Hoboken, who think they have what it takes to be funny on stage are also invited to compete during the festival. But, Frigolette warned, it won't be easy.

"(Contestants) are going to be performing for some big names in the industry including myself," he said.

Frigolette said the five day event has grown greatly since the first year and will be working to make The Hoboken Comedy Festival a household name. "We want to get to the point where everybody knows about it," he said, "the sooner we do that the sooner we fill all the rooms."

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