Submission Deadline: March 1, 2020



5/14/2020 - 5/24/2020

Submission Rules and Information

Comedy Showcases Submission option

Comedy Showcases will consist of up to 10 comedians performing their best 6-8 minute sets in front of a live audience. Depending on the number of submissions, there may be more than one comedy showcase scheduled.

Full Submission Submission option

Choose this option if you would like to be considered for both the Comedy Showcases and the Official SDCF 2020 Contest.

SDCF Contest

This is the official SDCF Comedy Contest where top comedians selected from all the video submissions will be competing for cash prizes. Each comedian will be performing their best 8 minute sets in front of a live audience and industry judges. Beginning with Round 1, the top 4 comedians from each show will go on to the Semi-Finals. The top comedians from each Semi-Final show will compete in the Finals and perform their best 15 minute set. Each contestant must be at least 18 years of age.

RULES: Video, Selection Criteria, Submission Process, and Deadlines

Your video should not be more than 5 minutes long. Selection is based on many factors including material, stage presence, originality and overall performance. Submission does not guarantee that you will be selected so be sure to submit your best video. No part of the submission fee is refundable however if you are not selected, you will be given a complimentary pass to attend as an audience member. Submission fees may increase as the deadline to submit nears. Submission Deadline is March 1, 2020. The final submission deadline (late submissions) for the 2020 San Diego Comedy Festival is March 1, 2020 at 1:00PM Pacific Standard Time. You will be notified by email if you have been selected. If you are selected, you must confirm(reply to the email) to let us know that you will or will not be attending. Check-in schedule will be announced and you are required to check-in and pick up your badges at that time. You are required to show up at least 30 minutes before show time whether it is a contest show or a showcase. You may submit in person if you wish. Please provide a flash drive or DVD with your 5 minute video and digital headshot when submitting in person. If you would like to submit in person, you may do so at The Comedy Palace. 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92123.

If you are selected, your name and/or stagename, headshot, credits, and city will be posted on and By submitting to The San Diego Comedy Festival, you consent to the use of your name, likeness, voice and biographical material about you in any way necessary to market, publicize, promote, or advertise the festival. You expressly release the festival owners, agents, employees, partners, licensees and assign from and against any and all claims which you have or may have for invasion of privacy, defamation or any other cause of action arising out of production, distribution, broadcast or exhibition of any of your name, likeness, video, voice, images or biographical material. You understand that there will be no compensation other than the prize money if you were one of the top 6 in the contest finals and you waive the right to receive any payment from The San Diego Comedy Festival, owner, agents, employees, partners and licensees whatsoever including but not limited to revenue from the ticket sales, partnerships or sponsors. By submitting to the festival, you agree that you have read and understand the rules and terms and agree to abide by them accordingly.