Milwaukee Comedy Festival

Calling all comedy!

Performers: Submissions are closed! Line up will be announced in the coming weeks.

We’re looking for the best live comedy from across the country and beyond! The Milwaukee Comedy Festival will accept submissions for improv, sketch comedy, stand up comedy, one-person shows, alternative comedy acts and musical comedy. The 11th annual Milwaukee Comedy Festival will take place August 4-7, 2016.

Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2016 at 11:59pm. Late Submissions will be accepted starting May 2nd at 12:00am until May 7th at Noon and require a submission fee of $30.

OK, We get it!  How do we submit?

Jimbo Wants You! Why the Milwaukee Comedy Festival?

The Milwaukee Comedy Festival has earned a great reputation over the years. Our goal is to make sure the audience AND the performers are having a great time. What’s the point of putting a comedy show on if no one is having fun? We do our best to accommodate our performers by offering food and beverages from festival sponsors backstage, free admission to festival shows, reduced hotel rates and “free couch space”, visiting performers packets including maps and area accommodations, a friendly staff and great performance venue.

The Milwaukee Comedy Festival is the place to be!

The Milwaukee Comedy Festival was run like a well-oiled machine. They had backstage passes and free food, so we were impressed. The Theater where we performed was beautiful, and the festival staff were extremely friendly and helpful.

Tabitha Vidaurri, The Sixth Borough (Philadelphia, PA)

Accepted acts get:

  • Performer lanyard good for free entry to all shows
  • Discounted tickets for friends and family
  • Opportunities to perform in the Improv Jam
  • To hang out with performers from across the country at official after parties
  • Free food and beverages back stage
  • Discounted rates on area hotel accommodations
  • Discounts on local restaurant and bars in close proximity to festival venues
  • Publicity on our web site and press materials
  • To be a part of Wisconsin’s largest annual comedy event!

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Performer Application Here!

Applicants will be contacted between June 1-20th. Line-up is typically announced in early July. Application to perform does not guarantee festival participation. Submission fee is non-refundable. Incomplete applications and those without payment cannot be processed. Submission of application grants Milwaukee Comedy Festival the right to use your submitted materials for promotional or marketing purposes for this and future festivities and related events. We will never sell your personal information.