Stand-up Competition

The Sacramento Comedy Festival is an annual event featuring stand-up, podcasts, improv, sketch comedy shows, and comedy variety shows. The 2014 Sacramento Comedy Festival will be held September 12-20, 2014.

Stand-up Competition Rules (Updated May 15, 2014)

The Stand-up Competition during the 2014 Sacramento Comedy Festival will feature up to 40 stand-up comedians from around the United States.  The competition will be judged by a panel of 3 independent industry professionals.  The winner of the competition will be awarded $1000.00. 

  • This is a tournament style competition with a preliminary round, semi-final round, and a final round.
  • Comedians are scored based on three categories:  Audience Reaction, Stage Presence, and Originality.  
  • Comedians will do 5 minutes of material in the preliminary round.
  • If a comedian advances to the semi-final round they must do 5 minutes of material different from the material in the preliminary round.
  • Comedians can do whatever material they choose if they advance to the final round.
  • Comedians who “run the light” will be deducted Stage Presence points.
  • Comedians who do not advance to the semi-finals will perform in at least one other show during the Festival.
  • Comedians are responsible for their own travel expenses.