Comedy Festivals Now Taking Submissions

Comedy Festivals Now Accepting Submissions

Comedy Festivals Currently Taking Submissions

As we have stated before, we fully support other indie comedy festivals. You can find out how to submit to them and more info about each festival below.  If you have a festival that isn’t listed here, please comment or send us a message!

Remember, my tip for being accepted to a comedy festival is to have a HIGH QUALITY video of you performing in front of an audience that is laughing at your jokes. Sounds obvious, right?  Well, you would not believe how many open mic sets with no audience people submit.

CFCF2016Cape Fear Comedy Festival (Submit)
Festival Dates: May 11th-14th Wilmington, North Carolina
Deadlines to Submit/costs: $25 until January 31st.


LaNuitNew Orleans Comedy and Arts Festival (Submit)
Festival Dates: January 20th-24th, New Orleans, Louisiana
Deadline to Submit: November 30th
Cost: $50



SLOFestSan Luis Obispo Comedy Festival (Submit)
Festival Dates: March 3rd-6th, 2016, San Luis Obispo, California
Deadline to Submit/costs:
Nov. 1st – Nov. 30th, 2015 $40
Dec. 1st – Dec. 31st, 2015 $45
Jan. 1st – Jan 5th, 2016 $50 
Notes: Hotel Room Provided


DallasComedyFestivalDallas Comedy Festival (Submit)
Festival Dates: March 23rd-26th Dallas Texas
Deadlines and Fees: December 10th $35

Notes: Held at the new Dallas Comedy House




LaughingSkullLaughing Skull Comedy Festival (Submit)
Festival Dates: June 7th-12th Atlanta, Georgia
Deadlines: December 31, 2015 – $35  February 1, 2016 – $40 March 1, 2016 – $50
Notes: 8th Annual Festival based at Laughing Skull Lounge.




Bridgetown Comedy FestivalBridgetown Comedy Festival (Submit)
Festival Dates: May 11th-15th Portland, Oregon
Deadlines: December 31st $20 January 31st $25
Notes: One week later than last year.



GreenGravelGreen Gravel Comedy Festival (Submit)
Festival Dates: February 27th-28th Iowa City, Iowa
Deadline: January 5th, 2016  Fee $25



Bird FestBird City Comedy Festival (Submit)
Festival Dates: April 8-10th Phoenix, AZ
Deadline: January 15th, Fee $15





LaughFest Grand Rapids (Submit)
Festival Dates: March 2016 Grand Rapids, Michigan
Deadline: December 8th, 2015 Fee: ??





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2016 Cape Fear Comedy Festival Submissions begin Thanksgiving Day


Submissions begin on Thanksgiving
The Cape Fear Comedy Festival begins accepting submission on Thanksgiving Day at 9am. Don’t rush, eat your food with your family.  During that boring ass part afterwards when you are about to drift into turkey-coma is when we suggest you submit.  I mean, who really wants to watch the Detroit Lions play anyway?

This year, we are doing $5 submissions for the first 72 hours.  After that submissions will go up to $25 until January 31st.  All decisions will be made about who we will be accepting into the festival on March 1st at 9am via email.

What do I need to submit?
The submissions require video, a short bio and some general information about you as a performer.  We DO accept musical acts, improv and sketch comedy troupes.  We would love to see more of these types of submissions for our 2016 event which will be Wednesday May 11th through Saturday May 14th in Historic Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina.

Why $5?
In the past we have experimented with ways to make submitting to our festival less expensive, even free when possible.  This year we are going with a lower fee right off the bat to give everyone the opportunity to submit for the cost of a large Red Bull.  Also, last year when we did free submissions during that same time we were avalanched by low quality submissions. The low $5 fee still keeps submitting affordable, but it makes the person submitted more vested and interested in submitting a quality video.

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