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 a minimum of 10 independent judges — For you to hopefully win a cash prize and an opportunity, to perform in 3 shows from November 19 to 29, 2020, during the 20th Annual FUNNYFEST Calgary Comedy Festival;
  2. PRIZE MONEY — 1st prize $1000; 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 15 to 23 or a total of 6 shows;
  5. Two (2) winners from each competition round advance to the FINAL;
  6. The CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL is Saturday, October 24 in Calgary —
    1. The 12 Finalists, will each be allocated a five (5) 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;
  7. Each comic selected will be allocated 5 minutes to perform on one preliminary round competition;
  8. On average there will be 8 comics competing per 90 minute to 120 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. Performers must apply;
  11. As the contest will be over – subscribed by potential competitors, the selection committee will decide who competes;
  12. Out of Town Contestants will be offered discount hotel rooms or free hotel rooms (if budget permits);
  13. Each contestant will be allocated 2 to 4 complimentary tickets to invite supporters to attend FREE;
  14. The DEADLINE for applications is October 13, 2020 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 20th Annual FUNNYFEST Calgary Comedy Festival. 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 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 : tickets@funnyfest.com

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