The 7th Annual Westside Stand-Up Showdown! (April 9-12) CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!
Stand-Up competition! Industry reps are looking for new talent, and we’d like to help. Every night we have top judges from the industry and the comedy community. All performances for this competition are at Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater.
Past Judges have been Comedy Central, top comedy agents (that we are not allowed to mention), comedy managers, lit agents, JFL bookers, late night television bookers, writers, Bridgetown bookers, SF Sketchfest bookers, show producers, the LA Weekly, and your mom. So take a look below and submit today.
HOW IT WORKS:
If you’re selected you will perform at the Westside Comedy Theater in a Preliminary Round. If you advance, you will move on to the Finals.
April 9 -11, 2018 Preliminary Rounds
Thursday, April 12, 2018 The Finals
If you are accepted you’ll get FIRST PRIORITY when attending our sold out industry panels.
Past winners received:
General meeting with Comedy Central, Meetings w/ CAA, WME, ICM, Consortium Ent., Levity Ent., Brillstein Entertainment Partners
$250 Cash, Likely some meetings
JOKE OF THE NIGHT:
$50 – You may not win the Showdown, but you can get the “Joke of the Night Award.” This is awarded each night.
We will stuff the joint with industry. Last year many of the comics received great feedback from the agents, managers and late night bookers in attendance. Even if you don’t win you stand a good chance of making a love match with that one special agent or manager who “gets you.”
PAST SUCCESS STORIES:
“The Westside Comedy Showdown legitimately boosted my stand-up career. The exposure to industry took my career to the next level!” – Kellen Erskine (Showdown 2017 Winner. Kellen found his agent at the Showdown and booked his first late night spot on Conan a few months later!)
“Westside showdown has been one of the most helpful competitions in my stand-up career. Winning the showdown directly prepared me for winning the Stand up NBC Showcase later that year by helping me tighten my set against some of the top comedians in LA & beyond. Not to mention it’s also attended by top industry managers, agents, TV personnel, etc. I’m very thankful to the Westside showdown!” – JR De Guzman (Showdown 2016 Winner)
“The Stand-Up Showdown was the only festival / competition that put me in front of industry. Through the Showdown, I met with Comedy Central and was put on their 2016 Comics to Watch LA Showcase.” – Hanna Dickinson (Showdown 2016 Finalist)
“An amazing experience that provides comedians an opportunity to showcase themselves to people that have the power to help them move their careers forward.” – Justin Clark (Showdown 2015 Finalist)
HOW TO APPLY:
1) Must be 18 or over to apply. – CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT!
2) Submit your entrance fee through this page.
Early Registration: November 6 – November 30, 2017 Submission Fee: $25
Standard Registration: December 1 – December 31, 2017 Submission Fee: $30
Late Registration: January 1 – February 7, 2018 Submission Fee: $35
You will be notified by the week of February 19, 2018.
3) At checkout you will be asked for a VIDEO LINK to your stand-up. Send us a 5 minute YouTube or Vimeo link of your best material. It can be edited. Make sure the link is not set to “private.” Please have good sound. If your best video is longer than 5 minutes, you can submit it, but only the first 5 minutes will be viewed.
4) Let us know if any of these performance dates are dates you absolutely CANNOT make.
We are looking for comedians that are funny and have a distinct comedic voice. People who are racist, misogynistic, homophobic need not apply.
The prelims will be held:
Monday, April 9 at 8pm + 10pm
Tuesday, April 10 at 8pm + 10pm
Wednesday, April 11 at 8pm + 10pm
Thursday, April 12 at 8PM
After Party at 10pm (All are welcomed)
Judging preliminary rounds will be talent agents managers, industry executives and more. Sets for the prelims round will be five minutes each.
The winners will perform in the Finals on April 12, 2018 at 8PM at Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater. Sets for the final round will be 7-8minutes.
If you have any other questions check additional information below:
Submission will only be accepted through the online submission page.
No In-person, Mail or e-mailed submissions outside of this online form will be considered.
The check-out service fee refers to the fee associated with the ticketing service. We never see this fee ourselves, so if you want to complain about it, we’ll join you.
Comics selected to be a part of the competition will be informed over email by around Monday, February 19, 2017. Failure to confirm by Thursday, February 22nd may result in us not being able to get you up on a prelim show. And that would suck, so give us your good email and not the one you reserve for spam and stuff.
Prizes: Meetings will be set up between representatives from the company’s listed and the comic. Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater will not be scheduling these meetings for you.
Cash will be handed out night of the show in crisp new bills.
If you STILL have questions email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Westside Comedy Festival will return in 2018!