Apply for the 21st 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 21st Annual FUNNYFEST Comedy Competition (Live in Venue / Person Shows and possible Zoom Virtual Shows) details – OCTOBER 14 to 23, 2021 *:

  1. This is the fairest competition possible — With a minimum of 8 independent judges per show — For you to hopefully win a cash prize and an opportunity, to perform in 3 shows from JUNE 2 to 12, 2022, during the 22nd Annual FUNNYFEST Calgary Comedy Festival;
  2. PRIZE MONEY — 1st prize $2000; 2nd prize $500; 3rd prize 24 Beer;
  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 OCTOBER 14 to 19, 2021;
  5. Two (2) winners from each competition round advance to quarter – final and the winners from 1/4 final advance to the semi – final;
  6. The CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL is Saturday, October 23, 2021 in Calgary —
    1. The Finalists, will each be allocated a five (5) minute set;
    2. This showcase will be attended in person and virtually by industry representatives, highlighted by much pageantry & entertainment, and your contact information will be provided (upon request);
    3. This showcase might be video recorded for future broadcast;
  7. Each comic selected will be allocated 5 minutes to perform on one preliminary round competition;
  8. On average there will be 8 to 10 comics competing per 90 minute show;
  9. 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;
  10. Special notes: Performers must apply. All comedy must be original. Any hack material delivered and you will be banned for 1 year from applying to perform again;
  11. As the contest will be over – subscribed by potential competitors, the selection committee will decide who competes;
  12. ANY ONE in the UNIVERSE can apply, as it is a virtual event;
  13. Each contestant will be allocated 5 complimentary ticket links to invite supporters to attend FREE on Zoom;
  14. The DEADLINE for applications is September 30, 2021 10 pm. Every year the competition has been over subscribed. The selection committee will be active filling the spots with quality talent, so don’t delay submitting your application;
  15. The competition is also a great showcase of your talent for both the selection committee and the artistic director, respectively, of the 22nd Annual FUNNYFEST Calgary Comedy Festival, June 2 to 12, 2022. You might get booked to perform in different shows outside the comedy competition and / or the main festival, if they feel your comedy art & craft are a great fit for other events;
  16. 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 move to a VIRTUAL VIDEO PERFORMANCE production OR 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 :