Summerstage, Trevor Noah, Standup in the park
South Africa-born Trevor Noah performs at the ‘Comedy Central presents: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Stand-Up in the Park’ show
CREDIT: Photograph © 2016 Jack Vartoogian

This past Sunday, a massive crowd assembled at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park to enjoy some summer laughs on behalf of Comedy Central’s biggest stars.  As part of the Summerstage series, which provides dynamic free concerts around the city each year, Comedy Central presented stand up from Trevor Noah and a hard-hitting lineup of correspondents and contributors like Ronny Chieng, Jordan Klepper, Adam Lowitt, Desi Lydic, Hasan Minhaj, Michelle Wolf and Roy Wood Jr..

The audience enjoys the ‘Comedy Central presents: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Stand-Up in the Park’ show at Central Park SummerStage.
CREDIT: Photograph © 2016 Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos.

Admission into this non-ticketed free event was on a first come, first served basis as the park anticipated that the crowd would reach maximum capacity by the end of the evening.  With beverages in hand, an eager crowd enjoy dynamic stand-up sets that covered a slew of topics which introduced the comics and their unique perspectives.  In a move that left the crowd roaring with excitement, some comedians even entered the crowd after the show to pose for pictures and shake hands with eager fans.

Ecstatic fans take selfies with Hasan Minhaj : Photograph © 2016 Jack Vartoogian/FrontRowPhotos.

This particular event is one of the more unique offerings of the Summerstage series, as it transformed an outdoor venue into an theater that was prime for comedy performers.  SummerStage annually presents over 100 performances in sixteen parks throughout the five boroughs, bringing free entertainment and art access to some communities that might otherwise go without.

“In a city happily inundated with summertime cultural offerings, the SummerStage festival stands alone for its dizzying array of options, its local enthusiasm, and its general aura of awe.” said The New York Times in a recent review.

While crowds of all sizes have already enjoyed a plethora of programming, this summer series is just getting started.  For a full list of the performances, please visit the Summerstage website.


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Chanel Alli

Chanel is a dynamic standup comic and writer based out of Brooklyn, NY. Her commanding writing style and story-teller style allow her to cover a plethora of topics with a unique flare.

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