The Sacramento Comedy Foundation operates the Sacramento Comedy SpotSacramento Improv MarathonSacramento Stand-Up Competitionand the Sacramento Comedy Festival. 

The Sacramento Comedy Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that strives to be an active player in Sacramento’s arts and cultural renaissance by promoting the city as a comedy destination. It is our goal for tourists and locals to enjoy all types of smart and engaging performances, including improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy. We want to bring headlining acts to Sacramento, support local performers in their comedic endeavors, and reach out to the city’s youth to promote performing arts, teamwork, creativity, and confidence through comedy workshops, classes, and special events.



Fest_Color_BlackThe seventh annual Sacramento Comedy Festival will be held October 6-8, 2017 at Sacramento Comedy Spot. This event features improv groups, stand-up comedians, and sketch comedy groups from all over the country. It’s also an opportunity for comedians to network with each other and perform in one of the best comedy cities in the United States.


The Sacramento Comedy Festival was created in 2011 by Brian Crall, comedian and President of the Sacramento Comedy Foundation which operates 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.  

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 wildcard round, featured the famed Cambridge Footlights from England, and broke attendance levels.

2015 — Steven Bloom was appointed Executive Director of the Sacramento Comedy Festival. Steven’s expanded the festival by including all Sacramento full-time, and many part-time, comedy venues. 

2016 — In 2016, the Stand-Up Comedy Competition separated from the Sacramento Comedy Festival to become its own event. The Sacramento Comedy Festival was a jam-packed, three-day event, featuring our favorite improv, stand-ups, and sketch comedy groups, held exclusively at the Sacramento Comedy Spot. The festival is a showcase of national and local talent.

2017 – Ah, just the way we always wanted it! Now we are going to work on improving the Festival with a focus on participant experience and local engagement! 


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