It’s been four years since we started covering the comedy-verse and 2017 has been our biggest year yet. We’ve covered more festivals than ever before, added new writers to our team, brought Comedy 101 on the road to two major festivals, and launched a new show, Street Jokes at the Stand. We added a new column we just adore, Notes From a Comedy Junkie written by our traveling Comedycationer, Sara Dahms, and a recurring feature called Seven Selfies. We also launched an exciting new podcast this year- Gail Meets Girls- with Gail Bennington.
Many new things are already in the works for 2018 and we can’t wait to share them, including a new live show featuring Canada’s best comedians at New York Comedy Club, which will debut in January, and updated site that we plan to launch in February, and some surprises we can’t announce yet.
Special thanks this year go out to our writing team, Bill Tressler, Amma Marfo, Jeffrey Gurian, Ernie Tripper, Earl Douglas, Debra Kessler, Sara Dahms, Halli Goldman, Lesley Coffin, Dan Murphy, Christine Marie Evans, and Emily Cohen. And to special contributors like Mick Taylor, Virginia Jones, Ramon Rivas, Barry Taylor, Amy Hawthorne, Larry Carlson, Lori Satterlee, and more. Also Brian at Comedy Artwork, and John Young from Shout It Out Design, if you need work done for your own projects, these are the guys. Thank you also to our comedy friends who keep us updated including comedians, club owners, bookers, managers and producers from all over the world. And our biggest thanks to our amazing friends at SiriusXM and the Bennington Show. We’ve had another amazing year collaborating with Ron Bennington, Gail Bennington, Chris “Pepper Hicks” Stanley, Vito Calise and Jenn and done amazing things together including several great live shows like Comedy 101 and Street Jokes.
For our final story looking back at 2017, we’ve picked our favorite stories that we published in 2017– 15 features, 15 lists and 15 interviews and 15 of stories talking about our favorite things. If you’re just joining us, this should catch you up to date, and you really want to see the best of everything we’ve done you can also check out our Very Best of the IBang 2016, 2015 and the Very Best of The IBang 2014 page.
Thank you again to everyone and we are so excited for 2018!
Deserving it’s own recognition, our newest ongoing series, Up Next, A Look Through the Lens at New York Comedy is a photo-essay series created with New York comedy photographer Phil Provencio. We love them all so much, and you can see them all on the Up Next page, but we picked our five favorites to share here.