Last day to register is Oct 31st! You do not need to upload any content with this submission, you will be able to upload/change your tape submissions at any time up until the deadlines in the fall.
[REGISTER NOW!] Two contests for the price of one! We have Shorts (<10min) and Quickies (<90secs) We will be selecting ten(10) Shorts and twenty (20)quickies for the festival. Each category has $1000 1st prize and $250 audience vote plus other awards. You do not need to be at the festival to compete but you will receive one (1) artist badge if your film(s) are selected.
Standup comedians will enter the festival through our National Comedy Contest. The preliminary rounds are held online with your video submissions in November 2023. Twenty-Four(24) Standup comedians will be selected as official festival performers and in our final rounds of the contest to compete for $2500 1st, $500 2nd, $250 3rd, $50 4th and other prizes. Our judges are looking at three areas: stage presence, originality, and your material.
Save $5 plus hedge your bets on making into the festival by applying for both film and standup contests.
Your submission videos will be viewed live on a server in the first two rounds of our National Comedy Contest, 24 comedians will advance to the festival. All comedians will get your score/feedback on your tape for our expect judges immediately after the contest rounds are completed.
Everyone who advances through National Comedy Contest gets at least Five (5) quality festival spots. In the contest, you'll perform at a minimum one time on both the main stage and our legendary comedy room in front of full crowds for the contest, those are 5-7 minute spots. The other 3 or more spots will be 10 minute spots or other fun opportunities like roasts, improv, and headliner shows more!
You can strengthen your network with your peers from across North America, you can also network with the headliners, WE BRING IN A LOT OF HEADLINERS! Last year we were able to bring in comedy bookers, this year we expect to have even more bookers, as well as representation, and other important industry contacts (more Industry presence is a big focus for us in 2024) So you can expect to be seen by industry and bookers all weekend. We had early success stories including headlining gigs booked, comics getting first spots at The Comedy Cellar, a full week of bookings at Standup NY, Cruise Ship audition, headlining weekend at The Riot Comedy Club, and that's just a few cool opportunities we know about.... so far.
While you do have to get yourself to Houston (and put yourself up.)... We got it from there. Our teams top priority is to take care of our comedians. We will get you to and from airport, and from hotel to festival grounds. While at the festival we feed you, keep you hydrated with alcohol (and water) and you'll leave with some cool swag bag full of merch and other goodies. You;'ll feel taken care of when you visit The Riot Comedy Club.
Our cameras are always rolling during the festival. Everyone who makes it through our contest will be receiving a tape from our 3 x 4K Camera setup on us! You can also purchase your additional sets for a small fee.
If the you aren't convinced peek over at this 30 foot inflatable astronaut that hovers over the festival grounds. This year we will have BIGGER parties, draw BIGGER crowds, and have a BIGGER industry presence. This festival is a BIG celebration of comedy and we do it right in the middle of the street in one of Houston's iconic neighborhoods (Montrose)