The 5th Annual Sacramento Comedy Festival will be held October 2-10, 2015. We have begun accepting applications to 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 support Sacramento comedy  groups and comedians.  


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

In 2011 – The Sacramento Comedy Festival was a 4 day event featuring comedians from mostly Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

In 2012 – The Sacramento Comedy Festival expanded to 7 days and featured comedians from all over the west coast including Portland and Denver.  

In 2013 – The Sacramento Comedy Festival expanded 9 days and we added a 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.

In 2014 -The Sacramento Comedy Festival expanded the Stand-up Competition to include a Wild Card round, featured The famed Cambridge Footlights for England, and broke all attendance levels.

In early 2015 Brian Crall, with Steven Bloom and Mel Gelbart, founded the nonprofit 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 the 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. From a single venue format, this year we now have over 8 venues and have invited national headlining comedians, expanded the stand-up competition to 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.