Jeff Labrecque
October 16, 2012 AT 06:25 PM EDT

“Live from New York…” is Saturday Night Live‘s proprietary catchprase, but those four iconic words might just as easily more broadly describe the best and brightest of American comedy — period. Within a three-block radius in midtown Manhattan lies the home bases for Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. So it only makes sense that during the comically fertile election season, the New York Television Festival is celebrating the talent behind those shows with a special discussion panel, “Long Day’s Journey Into Late Night: 2012 Election Edition – The Politics of Funny.”

Next Tuesday night at the 92Y Tribeca, NBC’s Willie Geist will welcome a Barry Julien (head writer, The Colbert Report), Steve Bodow (co-executive producer and former head writer, The Daily Show), Colin Jost (co-head writer, Saturday Night Live), and A.D. Miles (head writer, Late Night) for a lively discussion about their favorite moments from the 2012 campaign so far and their take on the current state of the late-night genre. (Tickets are free but will surely “sell out.”)

On Friday, Oct. 26, EW’s own Jessica Shaw will moderate a panel focused on Fox’s Tuesday-night comedy lineup, featuring Liz Meriwether and Hannah Simone (New Girl), Dakota Johnson and Lucy Punch (Ben and Kate), and Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope).

The festival’s opening night on Oct. 22 will include the world premiere of The CW’s The Carrie Diaries, followed by a panel discussion with the show’s star AnnaSophia Robb, author Candace Bushnell, and producer Amy Harris, moderated by EW’s Tim Stack.

And on Wednesday, Oct. 24, Stack will also sit with the eight housemates of Jersey Shore, along with the show’s creator and MTV execs for a series retrospective entitled, “Love, Loss, (Gym, Tan) and Laundry: A Farewell to the Jersey Shore.”

The NYTVF runs Oct. 22-27.

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