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  • Writer's pictureJason Farr

Every Comedy Festival With Open Submissions in May

Updated: May 28, 2022

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!

If your fest isn't mentioned, please let us know all of the details (in the format we have things listed below)


Red Clay Comedy Festival - Opens May 15th deadline Aug. 15th (show dates Nov. 10-13)

Asheville Comedy Festival - Deadline May 30th (show dates Aug. 11-13)

Motor City Comedy Festival - Deadline May 31st (show dates Sept. 15-18)

CloudTop Comedy Festival - Deadline June 3rd (show dates Sept. 15-17)

Sac Town Comedy Get Down - Deadline June 25th (show dates Aug. 5-7)

Cleveland Comedy Festival - Early Bird ends June 27th, overall Aug. 21st (show dates Nov. 2-5)

Four Corners Comedy Festival - Deadline July 1st (show dates Sept. 29-Oct. 2)

Tower City Comedy Festival - Regular fee ends July 30th, overall Aug. 30th (show dates Jan. 26-29, 2023)

San Francisco Comedy Competition - Deadline Aug. 1st (show dates throughout Sept.)

World Series of Comedy - Deadline Aug. 14th (main event dates Sept. 19-24)

Hubcap Comedy Festival - Deadline Aug. 31st (English show dates Feb. 2-4)

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

Next Best Comic - Deadline Oct. 20th (finale show date Dec. 27)

5th Borough Comedy Festival - Deadline info to come (show dates Oct. 6-9)

Stand-Up/Comedy Film

Laugh After Dark ComedyFest - Extended fee ends June 10th, overall June 30th (show dates Oct. 3-5)


Portland Sketch Comedy Festival - Early Bird ends April 15th, overall May 1st (show dates July 21-23)


Austin Sketch Fest - Early Bird ends June 13th, overall July 18th (show ends Sept. 29-Oct. 1)

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

LA Comedy Film Festival - Late Fee ends May 27th, overall June 17th (show dates July 27-Aug. 7)

Stand-Up/Improv/Sketch/Musical/Comedy Short Films/Variety/Magic

Burbank Comedy Festival - Deadline June 1st (show dates Aug. 7-20)


Milwaukee Comedy Festival - Regular fee ends May 1st, overall May 8th (show dates Oct. 2-9)


Omaha Comedy Festival - Deadline May 13th (show dates Sept. 1-4)

RISE Comedy Festival - Deadline May 17th (show dates July 7-17)

Flyover Comedy Festival - Deadline June 13th (show dates Nov. 10-12)

Nottingham Comedy Festival - Deadline June 20th (show dates Nov. 4-12)


Big Pine Comedy Festival - Deadline July 29th (show dates Oct. 13-15)

Stand-Up/Improv/Live, Musical, or Video Sketch

Blue Whale Comedy Festival - Early Bird ends June 1st, overall July 8th(show dates)


Vintage Improv Festival - Early Bird ends April 30th (show dates Sept. 15-19)

Wasatch Improv Festival - Deadline May 1st (show dates Aug. 11-13)

Detroit Improv Festival - Deadline May 1st (show dates Aug. 10-13)

Improv Fest Ireland - Deadline May 7th (show dates Nov. 16-19)

Countdown Improv Festival - Deadline May 8th (show dates Aug. 10-13)

Vancouver Improv Festival - Deadline June 30th (show dates Sept. 13-18)

Secret City Improv Festival - Priority ends July 1st, overall Aug. 1st (show dates Sept. 30-Oct. 1)

Third Coast Improv Festival - Deadline August 31st (show dates Nov. 3-5)

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!


Halifax ComedyFest - Email to be considered for 2023 dates (which are yet to be announced but will likely be in April)


Portland Comedy Festival - Submission dates TBA - Festival Dates in October


Improvaganza - Show dates in June

Improv/Musical Improv

Big Pond Improv Festival - Optimistic about Summer/Fall of this year

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

Not a Fest, but Cool


WGA's Writer's Support Staff Training Program - Deadline June 6th (classes are Aug. - Nov.)

Flash Fiction Challenge - Early Bird ends May 5th, overall June 9th (kick off date June 10)

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