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  • Writer's pictureJason Farr

Every Comedy Festival With Open Submissions in August

Updated: Sep 1, 2021

We combed the internet for comedy festivals that have open submissions during the month of August 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!

COVID-19 is still throwing things off. Some fests that would have info out still don't yet. We'll update as that info rolls out!

Fest dates are for 2021, except where noted.


Coney Island Comedy Festival - Deadline Aug. 31st (show dates Sept. 14-18)

Hubcap Comedy Festival - Deadline Aug. 31st (French show dates Jan. 26-29, 2022, English show dates Feb. 2-6, 2022)

Boston Comedy Festival - Early Bird ends Sept. 10th overall Sept. 17 (show dates Nov. 9-13)

Seattle International Comedy Competition - Deadline Sept. 15th (show dates Nov. 1-26)


New South Comedy Festival - Early Bird Ends Aug. 31st overall Sept. 13th (show dates November 4-13)


Fringe World Festival - Deadline Oct. 19th (show dates Jan. 14-Feb. 13, 2022)

Anything Artistic, Comedy or Otherwise

Greater Manchester Fringe Festival - Deadline Aug. 31st (show dates Sept. 1-30)

Sketch/Short, Feature, & Animated Short Films/TV Pilot/Music Video

LA Comedy Festival - $10 discount ends Sept. 17th overall Nov. 12th (show dates Nov. 11-21)


Green Bay Improv Festival - Deadline August 1st (show dates Oct. 15-16)

Secret City Improv Festival - Deadline ends Aug. 13th (show dates Sept. 24-25)

Vintage Improv Festival - Deadline Aug. 15th (show dates Sept. 8-12)

Grand Rapids Improv Festival - Deadline Aug. 31 (show dates Oct. 21-23)

Third Coast Improv Fest - Deadline Aug. 31 (show dates Nov. 4-6)

Special Grant Info

Film (65 minutes or longer)

This is a grant that recently opened for an individual woman, non-binary, and/or transgender U.S. filmmaker, age 39 or older, who is working on their first narrative feature.

Lynn Shelton Certain Age Grant - Deadline Sept. 7th

Fests to Keep Up With

  • These festivals have dates but are still determining when to open submissions. We'll be updating you as new info arrives!


Aberdeen International Comedy Festival - No deadline info, but check the link! Sept.-Oct. 2021

Aloha Comedy Festival - (using previous submissions) Show Dates Feb. 24-26, 2022


Adelaide Fringe - Show dates Feb. 18-Mar. 20, 2022



Improvaganza - Show dates June 2022

We will be keeping up on all festivals that change their plans.

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