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Every Comedy Festival With Open Submissions in April

Updated: Aug 18, 2023

We combed the internet for comedy festivals that have open submissions during the month of April so you don't have to! We have improv, stand-up, sketch and more covered below! Just click the names of the festivals to follow their link! We'll be updating throughout the month as new info comes in so be sure to check back!


Boulder Comedy Festival - Deadline Apr. 1st (show dates June 21-25)

Hell Yes Fest - Early Bird ends Apr. 1st, overall July 1st (show dates Nov. 15-20)

Laughing Skull Comedy Festival - Cheaper fee ends Apr. 14th, overall June 15th (show dates Oct. 5-8)

Fountain City Comedy Festival - Early Bird ends Apr. 15th, overall July 1st (show dates Oct. 5-7)

Motor City Comedy Festival - Early Bird ends Apr. 16th, overall May 1st (show dates Sept. 14-17)

Asheville Comedy Festival - Deadline May 15th (show dates Aug. 10-12)

Burbank Comedy Festival - Deadline June 1st (show dates Aug. 13-19)

NoHo Comedy Festival - Deadline June 15th (show dates Aug. 17-19)

Funlap Comedy Festival - Deadline July 1st (show dates Sept. 29-30)

The World Series of Comedy - Deadline Aug. 14th (Main Event show dates in Sept. '23)

Sketch/Feature, Short, & Animated Film/Music Video/Web Series/ TV Pilot

LA Comedy FilmFest - Early Bird ends Apr. 21st, overall Sept. 8th (show dates Nov. 2-12)

Stand-Up/Stand-Up Specials/Sketch, Short, & Animated Film/Music Video

Laugh After Dark ComedyFest - Standard Fee ends Apr. 30th, overall June 30th (show dates Oct. 1-5)

Stand-Up/Improv/Podcast/Video Short

Tower City Comedy Festival - Early Bird ends Apr. 30th, overall Aug. 30th (show dates Jan. 25-27, 2024)

Stand-Up/Improv/Podcast/Film/Comedy Troupe

Black Girl Giggles Comedy Festival - Deadline Apr. 15th (show dates June 29-July 2)


Big Pine Festival - Deadline dates coming soon (show dates Sept. 28-30)


Portland Sketch Comedy Festival - Early Bird ends Apr. 1st, overall May 1st (show dates July 20-22)


Chroma Comedy Festival - Deadline May 20th (show dates July 20-23)

All Jane Comedy Festival - Deadline May 20th (show dates Sept. 27-Oct. 1)


Laugh Riot Grrrl Festival - Deadline April 1st (show dates June 5-12)

Stand-Up/Improv/Sketch/Musical/Video Short

Vermont Comedy Festival - Deadline June 15th (show dates Nov. 30-Dec. 3)

Stand-Up/Improv/Sketch/Musical/One-Person Show/Alt Comedy Acts

Milwaukee Comedy Festival - Deadline May 1st (show dates Oct. 1-8)

Stand-Up/Improv/Sketch/Musical/Short & Feature Film/Variety/Anything Comedy

All the Laughs Comedy Awards - Cheaper Fee ends Apr. 1st, overall Aug. 1st (show dates Oct. 6-8) Use Promo Code: ThereItIs23 for a discount!


Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Deadline Apr. 5th (show dates Aug. 4-28)

Greater Manchester Fringe Festival - Accepting until end of June (show dates July 1-31)

Stand-Up/Improv/Sketch/Short Film

Omaha Comedy Festival - Deadline Apr. 10th (show dates Aug. 3-6)


RISE Comedy Festival - Deadline Apr. 30th (show dates July 20-29)

Portland Maine Comedy Festival - Early Bird ends Apr. 20th, overall June 19th (show dates Aug. 23-27)


Orange County Improv Fest - Solo performer deadline Apr. 8th (show dates June 16-17)

Countdown Improv Festival - Deadline Apr. 15th (show dates Aug. 9-12)

Baltimore Improv Festival - Deadline May 7th (show dates July 31-Aug. 5th)

Vintage Improv Festival - Submit by emailing by July 15th (show dates Oct. 3-9)

Secret City Improv Festival - Deadline July 24th (show dates Oct. 6&7)

Third Coast Improv Fest - Deadline Aug. 15th (show dates Sept. 28-30)

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Apr 01, 2023

Hi. I really appreciate these listings. Quick question, though: If a listing shows a submissions deadline of April 1, does that mean April 1 is the last day to submit? Or does it mean submissions close on April 1? I ask because the Boulder festival listing here shows submissions deadline is April 1, but the festival site says submissions are closed. So I may have misinterpreted the listing.


Jason Farr
Jason Farr
Apr 03, 2023
Replying to

Hi Rich, thanks for the appreciation and the question. I've found that it varies. For some fests, when they say submissions end or close on April 1st they mean it ends at 11:59pm on April 1st while others mean it ends 11:59pm on March 31st. Some festivals are clarify the time on their website and some do not. I ask fests for clarification on info they put out and don't always get a response so I'm at the mercy of what they've shared on their site and social media. I'll keep trying to catch these potential issues the best I can. Thanks again for the question!

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