2020 DC Comedy Festival Comedian Submissions 







The DC Comedy Festival

The overall purpose of the DC Comedy Festival is to shine the light on the talent that ebbs and flows throughout the D.C. metro area and to bring attention to a culture that gave first laughs to Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, and Stephen Colbert.

How Did The Idea For This Comedy Festival Come About?

Three comedians from the D.C. metro area saw the need to break away from the politics of the local scene and created a week-long festival to truly showcase not only underground comedy but provide a platform for all of the young up and coming comedians. After taking a look at the opportunities available, they decided to create a unique event to not only highlight local talent but to also give the public a chance to become a part of a community that moves every night, bar to bar, mic to mic.


‘The D.C. Comedy Festival’ is set to bring out a diverse line-up of comedians from across the country. From open mics and dinners to showcases, headliners, and brunch, the festival is guaranteed to bring out not only the talent but the laughs to everyone who attends. It will also provide an opportunity for comedians to learn how to build their brand and business during an educational workshop.

Festival Goals

With hopes to make ‘The D.C. Comedy Festival’ the biggest showcase on the East coast and eventually the country, the creators of the festival are focused on making the event something attendees will look forward to again next year.

DC Comedy Festival Comedian Submissions

Comedians submission will open on November 15th and end January 15th 
All Comics selected will be notified by email before February 1 
The Complete list of Selected Comedians will be uploaded February 10th 
Please keep in mind that if you don’t initially make the cut, spots do open up as the festival gets closer due to drop-outs, scheduling conflicts, etc.
Performers that aren’t selected to perform at DC Comedy Festival will receive a festival pass for most shows at the festival


DC Comedy Festival Dates
Must be available for 2 shows April 6th-11th, 2020
Where: Washington DC
Submission Price:
NOVEMBER 15th 12:00 AM EST until NOVEMBER  17th 11:59 PM EST – FREE
NOVEMBER 18th 12:00AM EST until NOVEMBER 30TH 11:59PM EST – $15
DECEMBER 1ST 12:00AM EST until DECEMBER 30TH 11:59PM EST – $25
DECEMBER 31ST 12:00AM EST until JANUARY 15TH 11:59PM EST – $35
DC Comedy Festival Performer Benefits:
Receive 2020 Festival Apparel
Your name will be listed on the DC Comedy Festival Programs and Website.
You’ll receive an artist badge that will give you access to ALL Festival shows.
Potential Media Day Spotlight. 
Potential Paid Comedy Show Spotlight
Free Admission to ALL Festival classes (Improv, Sketch, Advance Standup, Social media, etc..)