The 5th annual Sacramento Comedy Festival will be held October 2-10, 2015. We have begun accepting applications for our stand-up competition and for performing groups and programs. Performers will be announced starting in August.

Thank you so much for your continued support and participation!

The Sacramento Comedy Festival is an annual event featuring a stand-up competition, national headliners, improv, and sketch comedy shows.

The Sacramento Comedy Festival is operated by the Sacramento Comedy Foundation, whose mission is to promote Sacramento as a destination for comedy and to support Sacramento comedy groups and comedians.  



The Sacramento Comedy Festival was created in 2011 by Brian Crall, comedian and owner of Sacramento Comedy Spot. Sacramento Comedy Spot features improv, sketch, stand-up, and podcasts shows, and has the largest comedy school in Northern California.  

2011 — The Sacramento Comedy Festival began as a four-day event, featuring comedians from mostly Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

2012 — The Sacramento Comedy Festival expanded to seven days and featured comedians from all over the West Coast, including Portland and Denver.  

2013 — The Sacramento Comedy Festival expanded to nine days, adding the Stand-Up Comedy Competition to the festival, with a $1,000 first-place prize. Comedians participated from all over the country, from San Francisco to New York.

2014 — The Sacramento Comedy Festival expanded the Stand-up Competition to include a wild card round, featured the famed Cambridge Footlights from England, and broke attendance levels.

2015 — Brian Crall, with Steven Bloom and Mel Gelbart, founded the non-profit Sacramento Comedy Foundation to serve the entire Sacramento comedy scene and the comics and performers that make Sacramento a national comedy destination.

To emphasize the level of love and commitment to the Sacramento comedy scene, Crall then donated the Sacramento Comedy Festival to the foundation. Steven Bloom was appointed Executive Director of the Sacramento Comedy Festival and is the CFO of the foundation. Steven’s goal is to expand the festival by including all Sacramento full-time, and many part-time, comedy venues. Founded as a single-venue format, we now have over eight venues, have invited national-headlining comedians, and expanded the stand-up competition to highlight 60 comedians.

The 2015 Sacramento Comedy Festival is truly our most ambitious and greatest to date, featuring comedians, improv and sketch from all over the country… and the world.