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Every Comedy Festival With Open Submissions in May

Updated: May 27, 2020

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

With COVID-19 throwing everyone off, many of these submission and show dates are subject to change.


Show Me Funny Festival - Deadline details on their website (show dates this summer)

Meadowlands Comedy Festival - Postponed (show dates TBD)

Turnpike Comedy Festival - Deadline May 31st (show dates June 24-25, 2020)

Motor City Comedy Festival - Deadline May 31st (show dates Sept. 17-20, 2020)

Altercation Comedy Fest - Deadline May 31st (show dates Oct. 28-31, 2020)

Cannabis Comedy Festival - Deadline June 1st (show dates July 10-11, 2020)

Burbank Comedy Festival - Deadline June 1st (show dates Aug. 16-22, 2020)

Aberdeen International Comedy Festival - Deadline in June (show dates Oct. 1-11, 2020)

Red Clay Comedy Festival - Deadline June 30th (show dates Oct. 2-3, 2020)

5th Borough Comedy Festival - Deadline July 24th overall Aug. 1st (show dates Sept. 8-13, 2020)

San Francisco Comedy Competition - Deadline Aug. 1st (show dates in September)

Seattle Comedy Festival - Deadline Sept. 15th (show dates Nov. 1-30, 2020)

Windsor Comedy Fest/Next Best Comic - Deadline Oct. 20, 2020 (finale show in late Dec. 2020)

Plano Comedy Festival - Opening soon (show dates, likely September 2020)

Big Sky Comedy Festival - Opening soon (show dates Oct. 6-10, 2020)

Asheville Comedy Festival - Submissions TBD (show dates Spring 2021)


40 For 40 Fest - Deadline May 4th (show dates Aug. 5-9, 2020)


Milwaukee Comedy Festival - Deadline May 3rd (show dates Oct. 7-11, 2020)

Hell Yes Fest - Deadline May 10th (show dates Nov. 11-15, 2020)

Nottingham Comedy Festival - Deadline June 26th (show dates Nov. 6-14, 2020)

Coachella Valley Improv/Comedy Festival - Deadline Aug. 31st (show dates Nov. 20-22, 2020)

Sacramento Comedy Festival - Opening soon (show dates Oct. 1-4, 2020)

Portland Comedy Festival - Monitoring COVID-19. Potentially opening soon (show dates TBA)

Stand-Up/Improv/Sketch/Video & Film

Palm Springs International Comedy Festival - Deadline Aug. 3rd (show dates Sept. 24-28, 2020)

Stand-Up/Improv/Sketch/Variety/Musical/Short Film/Magic

Burbank Comedy Festival - Deadline June 1st (show dates Aug. 16-27, 2020)

Stand-Up/Improv/Sketch/Variety/Digital Short

District Queer Comedy (Virtual) Festival - Deadline May 31st (show dates Oct. 23-24, 2020)

Pretty Much Any Kind of Art Comedy or Not Greater Manchester Fringe Festival - June 30th (show dates Oct. 1st - Nov. 30th, 2020)


Big Pine Comedy Festival - Deadline June 4th (show dates Sept. 16-20, 2020)

Improv/Musical Improv

Big Pond Improv Festival - Deadline June 26 (show dates Sept. 3-5, 2020)


Baltimore Improv Fest - Deadline May 1st (show dates July 27 - August 2, 2020)

Countdown Improv Festival - Deadline May 1st (show dates Aug. 13-15, 2020)

Detroit Improv Festival - Deadline May 8th (show dates Aug. 5-8, 2020)

Damn Good Improv Festival - Deadline May 8th (show dates Sept. 3-6, 2020)

Vancouver Improv Fest - Deadline June 1st (show dates October 6-12, 2020)

San Francisco Improv Festival - Deadline June 15th (show dates Sept. 16-20, 2020)

Dramatic Improv Festival - Deadline June 30th (show dates Sept. 11-13, 2020)

Vintage Improv Festival (Will Be Online) - Deadline July 15th (show dates Sept. 11-13, 2020)

Secret City Improv Festival - Early Bird ends July 17th overall Aug. 9th (show dates Oct. 9-10, 2020)

Hong Kong Improv Festival - Deadline mid-to-late Aug. (show dates Oct. 8-11, 2020)

Third Coast Improv Fest - Deadline Sept. 19th (show dates Nov. 5-7, 2020)

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

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