Apply for the 20th Annual FUNNYFEST Comedy Competition

The FUNNYFEST Calgary Comedy Festival Society does NOT charge comedy artists to apply. We do NOT believe you should be penalized for desiring to share your Art & Craft.

The 20th Annual FUNNYFEST Comedy Competition details*:

  1. This is the fairest competition possible — With 10 independent judges — For you to hopefully win a cash prize and an opportunity, to perform in 3 shows between May 28 to June 7, 2020, during the 20th Annual FUNNYFEST Calgary Comedy Festival;
  2. PRIZE MONEY — 1st prize $3000; 2nd prize $500; 3rd prize $250;
  3. The top winning Two (2) Comics of the “Championship Final” will also win the opportunity to perform in the main festival. Of course, the 3rd place comic will be invited to perform, if 1 of the winners is unable to participate;
  4. The preliminary rounds of the competition run from April 17 to April 23 or a total of 7 shows;
  5. Two (2) winners from each competition night advance to the SEMI – FINAL;
  6. The SEMI – FINAL is Friday, April 24 in Calgary. Six (6) Comics from this show will advance to the final out of a potential 14 competitors;
  7. The CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL is Saturday, April 25 in Calgary —
    1. The six (6) Finalists, will each be allocated an eight (8) minute set;
    2. This showcase will be attended by industry representatives, highlighted by much pageantry & entertainment, and it will be held at very large venue to accommodate the anticipated audience;
    3. This showcase might be video recorded;
  8. Each comic selected will be allocated 5 minutes to perform on one preliminary round competition;
  9. On average there will be 10 comics competing per 90 minute to 120 minute show;
  10. The shows are professionally produced and feature contestants competing bookended between a professional comic as MC and another Pro as Headliner — To make for a well – rounded night of laughs;
  11. Performers must apply;
  12. As the contest will be over – subscribed by potential competitors, the selection committee will decide who competes;
  13. Out of Town Contestants will be offered discount hotel rooms or free hotel rooms (if budget permits);
  14. Each contestant will be allocated 2 to 4 complimentary tickets to invite supporters to attend FREE;
  15. The DEADLINE for applications is April 7, 2020. However, the selection committee will be active filling the spots with quality talent, so don’t delay submitting your application;
  16. The competition is also a great showcase of your talent for the bookers of the FUNNYFEST Calgary Comedy Festival. You might get booked to perform, if they feel your comedy art & craft are a great fit for other events;
  17. You will be notified if you were selected. Normally, you are not notified if you are not selected.

Thank you and good luck.

* Due to ongoing Covid – 19 Pandemic issues, we may elect to reschedule the competition without notice. However, we will advise those selected to compete immediately. Thank you for your understanding.

FUNNYFEST Comedy Competition Application 

Phone : 403-228-7888 Email :