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Every Comedy Festival With Open Submissions in April

Updated: Apr 4

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!


Fountain City Comedy Festival (Kansas City, MO) - Early Bird ends Apr. 1st, overall June 15th (show dates Sept. 12-14)

Good Vibes Comedy Festival (Memphis) - Deadline Apr. 5th (show dates Apr. 19&20)

Motor City Comedy Festival (Detroit) - Early Bird ends Apr. 7th, overall Apr. 28th (show dates Sept. 19-22)

Comedy Chateau Comedy Festival (Hollywood) - Deadline Apr. 30th (show dates June 8-15)

North Carolina Comedy Festival (Greensboro, NC) - Deadline Apr. 30th (show dates Sept. 18-22)

Milwaukee Comedy Festival - Deadline Apr. 30th (show dates Oct. 1-6)

5th Borough Comedy Festival (NYC) - More details to come (show dates Sept. 19-22)

Lookout Comedy Festival (Chattanooga, TN) - Early Bird ends Apr. 30th, overall June 30th (show dates Oct. 16-19)

Seattle Dates - Early Bird ends May 1st, overall May 31st (show dates Sept. 18-21)

Portland Dates - Early Bird ends May 1st, overall May 31st (show dates Oct. 9-12)

Burbank Comedy Festival - Early Bird ends May 1st, overall June 1st (show dates Aug. 11-17)

Asheville Comedy Festival (Asheville, NC) - Deadline May 10th (show dates in August)

The Ladies Room Comedy Fest (New York City) - Early Bird ends May 18th, overall Sept. 15th (show dates Nov. 9-10)

Big Diamond Comedy Festival (Bentonville, AR) - Deadline May 31st (show dates Oct. 3-5)

Whale City Comedy Festival (New Bedford, MA) - Deadline June 1st (show dates Aug. 28-Sept. 1)

Mountain Fresh Comedy Festival (Breckenridge, CO) - Deadline June 15th (show dates Oct. 10-13)

World Series of Comedy (Various, Main Event in Vegas) - Various satellite deadlines, main event deadline Aug. 18th (various show dates, main event Sept. 22-28)

Hubcap Comedy Festival (Canada) - Deadline Aug. 31st (show dates Jan. 29 - Feb. 1, 2025)

Altercation Comedy Festival (Austin) - Deadline info coming soon (show dates Nov. 13-16)

Windsor Comedy Festival (Ontario) - Deadline Oct. 20th (live finale show Dec. 27th)


Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Deadline Apr. 10th (show dates Aug. 2-26)

Hollywood Fringe - Deadline Apr. 15th (show dates June 13-30)

Greater Manchester Fringe - Brochure deadline at the end of April (show dates July 1-31)

Brighton Fringe - Deadline May 1st (show dates May 3 - June 3)


Portland Sketch Comedy Festival - Deadline May 1st (show dates June 25-27)

Stand-Up/Sketch, Short & Animated Film/Podcasts

Laugh After Dark ComedyFest (Vegas) - Standard fee ends May 10th, overall May 31st (show dates Oct 7-9)


Laugh Riot Grrrl (Los Angeles) - Deadline Apr. 1st (show dates June 3-10)


Uncloseted Comedy Pride Festival - Deadline Apr. 30th (show dates )


Madison Comedy Week - Deadline Mid-April (show dates Aug. 4-11)


Omaha Comedy Fest - Deadline Apr. 12th (show dates Sept. 26-29)

Flyover Comedy Festival (St. Louis, MO) - Deadline May 31st (show dates Nov. 14-16)


Blue Whale Comedy Festival (Tulsa, OK) - Deadine May 1st (show dates. Aug. 22-24)

Portland Maine Comedy Fest - Early Bird ends Apr. 30th, overall May 24th (show dates Aug. 29-Sept. 1)


Chicago Comedy Film Festival - Deadline Apr. 6th (show date Nov. 9, 2024)


Philly Sketchfest - Film regular deadline Apr. 1st, overall Apr. 30 (show date June 5th)

Stand-Up/Sketch/Film/Web Series/Pilot

Portland Comedy Film Festival - Regular deadline May 31st, overall July 31st (show date Oct. 14)

Stand-Up/Improv/Sketch/Short, Animated & Sketch Film/Pilot

Pack Fest (Los Angeles) -

Stand-Up/Improv/Sketch/Variety - Deadline May 15th

Film/Pilot: Cheaper fee ends May 26th, overall June 30th (show dates Aug. 29-Sept. 1)

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

LA Comedy Film Festival - Cheaper fee ends Apr. 19th, overall July 19th (show dates Sept. 5-15)

Feature & Short Film/Pilot/Screenplay Short

Ha Ha Harvest Comedy and Film Festival (Portland, OR) - Cheaper Fee ends Aug. 22nd, overall Oct. 10 (show dates Nov. 20-24)


Last Best Comedy Fest (Bozeman, MT) - Early Bird ends Apr. 1st, overall May 15th (show dates Sept. 12-14)


RISE Comedy Festival (Denver, CO) - Deadline May 15th (show dates July 26-Aug. 4)

Musical Improv

Bay Area Musical Improv Festival (Oakland, CA) - Deadline June 1st (show dates Oct. 25-27)


Fun & Dumb Improv Festival (Brooklyn, NY) - Deadline Apr. 14th (show dates July 11-14)

Improv Fest Ireland - Deadline Apr. 20th (show dates Nov. 13-16)

The Bit Improv Festival (Aurora, Il) - Deadline Apr. 29th (show dates June 21-22)

Asheville Improv Festival - Cheaper Fee ends Apr. 30th, overall May 15th (show dates Oct. 9-13)

Secret City Improv Festival (Oak Ridge, TN) - Deadline June 15th (show dates Sept. 27-29)

Not Festivals, But Cool!

Play Series

Neurodivergent New Play Series (Brooklyn, NY) - Deadline after 100 submissions monthly

Awards Show

All the Laughs Comedy Awards (ATL) - Cheaper fee ends Apr. 1st, overall Aug. 1st (show dates Sept. 27-29)

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