Competition Format and Rules

The Sacramento Stand-Up Competition features up to 30 comedians competing against each other for cash prizes.

The Preliminary Round is split into three shows. 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, regardless of what round they participate in, will be announced as finalists at the end of the first night of competition.

Comedians will be given “the light” with one minute left in their set. For every 30 seconds a comedian “runs the light”, one point will be deducted from that comedian’s averaged score.

A panel of up to four judges, comprised of past finalists, veteran comedians, and/or 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. Judges’ scores are averaged.

The Finals feature the six comedians from the preliminary shows with the highest scores. Each comedian will do 8 minutes of material in the finals. They may use any material, even material from the preliminary round. The grand prize winner receives $1,000. Remaining prizes are $500 for second place, $250 for third place, and $100 for fourth, fifth and sixth, for a total of $2,050 in cash prizes.