StandUp_ColorCompetition Description

The seventh annual Sacramento Stand-Up Competition will be held July 26-27, 2019 at Sacramento Comedy Spot. This event features comedians from all over the country competing for a $1,000 Grand Prize, $500 Second Place Prize, and $250 Third Place Prize. The Sacramento Stand-Up Competition is one of the most exclusive competitions in the United States—only 24 of the best comedians are invited. We try to give all participants the best experience possible. It is not only a competition, but an opportunity for comedians to network with each other, to meet industry professionals, and to perform in one of the best comedy cities in the United States. If you are interested in participating, please see the full Competition rules here.

Submissions for the 2019 Sacramento Stand-up Competition are closed. Invitations to participate will be sent before June 7, 2019.  

Competition Format

The Sacramento Stand-Up Competition takes place over one weekend each summer. The preliminary round is on Friday night and is split into three shows, featuring eight comedians in each show and a local host. Each comedian does five minutes of material in the preliminary round. At the end of all three preliminary shows, the five comedians with the highest judging scores will be announced as finalists.

The finals are on Saturday night and feature the five comedians from the preliminary shows with the highest scores, a local host, and a headliner that is one of the previous Sacramento Stand-Up Competition grand prize winners. The Competition grand prize winner receives $1000; $500 for second place, and $250 for third place. Each comedian does ten minutes of material in the finals. 

Participant Experience

The Sacramento Stand-Up Competition is produced by comedians who understand the expenses and sacrifice involved with participating in festivals and competitions. Our goal is to make this a fun, affordable, and unique experience for all participants and to keep your out-of-pocket expenses to a minimum.

To that end, we host the competition in one location, over one weekend, to keep your travel expenses to a minimum. All participants are given a $100 cash stipend when they check in and are provided with drink tickets and food in the green room on Friday and Saturday. Local restaurants also offer discounts on food. We will also provide FREE transportation to and from the airport, and will help you find another comedian or adopted family to stay with for free. If you would like to book your own hotel, we will try to find you the best price.

All participants with perform five minutes in the preliminary round, but we also book you in other shows at the Comedy Spot over the weekend or at other venues in Sacramento.

The Sacramento Stand-Up Competition is for more experienced comedians. If you are a beginner, then this is not the event for you.


A panel of four judges, comprised of past finalists, competition winners, and industry professionals, determines who moves onto to the finals and who wins the competition. Comedians are scored on a scale from 1-10 in three categories: stage presence, material, and audience reaction. See Rules for more information.


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 focus 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. (And Canada, Japan, and Venezuela)

Application, Fees, Selection Process

The application fee is $20 and is non-refundable. Applications and videos will be screened by a selection committee comprised of the Executive Director, veteran comedians, and industry professionals.

Applications for 2019 coming soon!

Questions? Comments? Contact us!