Apply for the 2023 or 23rd 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 23rd Annual FUNNYFEST Comedy Competition (Live in Venue / Person Shows and possible Zoom Virtual Shows) details – APRIL 20 to 29, 2023 *:

  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 1 to 11, 2023, during the 23rd Annual FUNNYFEST Calgary Comedy Festival;
  2. PRIZE MONEY — $5000 in total CASH and prizes  1st prize $2000; 2nd prize $1000; 3rd prize $500 in Gift Certificates and 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 might be invited to perform, if 1 of the winners is unable to participate;
  4. The preliminary rounds of the competition run from APRIL 20 to 26, 2023;
  5. Two (2) winners from each competition round advance to A. The Quarter – Final held on APRIL 27, 2023; B. The winners from 1/4 final advance to the Semi – Final held on APRIL 28, 2023;
  6. The CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL is Saturday, APRIL 29, 2023 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 6 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 / Closer — 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. However, we have a limit to the total amount of competitors, to keep the shows a reasonable length for all to enjoy;
  13. Each contestant will be allocated 5 complimentary ticket links to invite supporters to attend FREE on Zoom;
  14. The DEADLINE for applications is April 1, 2023. NOTE: Every year the competition has been over subscribed, so get your application in now. 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 23rd Annual FUNNYFEST Calgary Comedy Festival, June 1 to 11, 2023. 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 possible health restrictions / 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 :