The Sacramento Comedy Foundation operates the Sacramento Comedy SpotSacramento Improv Marathon, Sacramento Stand-Up Competition, and 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.



StandUp_ColorCompetition Description
The sixth annual Sacramento Stand-Up Competition will be held in the summer of 2018 at Sacramento Comedy Spot. This event features comedians from all over the country competing for a $1,000 Grand Prize and over $2000 in total prize money. It is not only a competition, but an opportunity to for comedians to network with each other, meet industry professionals, and perform in one of the best comedy cities in the United States.


The Sacramento Stand-Up Competition was founded in 2013 by Brian Crall as part of the Sacramento Comedy Festival. In 2016, the competition split from the festival and became its own annual event with a focused on giving both participants and attendees a fun and unique comedy experience. The Competition has featured hundreds of comedians from across the country, from New York to Sacramento.


Competition Format
The Sacramento Stand-Up Competition features comedians competing against each other for cash prizes.

The preliminary round is split into three shows with 10 comedians in each show. Each comedian does five minutes of material in the preliminary round. At the end of all three preliminary shows, the six comedians with the highest scores will be announced as finalists.

The finals feature the six comedians from the preliminary shows with the highest scores. The grand prize winner receives $1000; $500 for second place, $250 for third place, and $100 each for fourth, fifth and sixth place, for a total of $2,050 in cash prizes.


A panel of four judges, comprised of past finalists and industry professionals, determines who moves onto to the finals and who wins the competition. The comedians are scored on a scale of 1-10 for stage presence, originality, and audience reaction.


Application, Fees, Selection Process
The application fee is $20 and is non-refundable. Application videos will be screened by a selection committee comprised of the owner of the Sacramento Comedy Spot and a team of stand-up comedians and industry professionals.

Application information for 2018 is coming soon.


Participant Experience
Participants will perform in the Preliminary round and be invited to the Competition Reception on Friday and After party on Saturday. Our goal is to make this a fun, affordable, and unique experience for all participants. All participants will be provided with video of their preliminary show set.


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