Comedy Festivals of North America

Comedy Festivals of North America

compiled by Amy Martin, senior comedy critic, TheaterJones

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major = local & regional w multiple national headliners
minor = mosty local & regional w 1 to 2 national headliners
Fest Name Fest Notes Month Location Website
Chicago Sketch Fest major: improv, sketch Jan Chicago, IL http://www.chicagosketchfest.com/
Charleston Comedy Festival minor: improv, sketch, standup Jan Charleston, SC http://www.charlestoncomedyfestival.com/
Riot LA major: improv, sketch, standup; panels Jan Los Angeles, CA http://riotla.com/
San Francisco Sketch Fest major: improv, sketch, standup, vid/film; panels, podcasts, workshops Jan San Francisco, CA http://sfsketchfest.com
San Diego Comedy Festival minor: improv, sketch, standup; competitions; panels, Jan San Diego, CA http://www.sandiegocomedyfest.com/
NC Comedy Arts Festival major: improv, sketch, standup, vid/film; competitions; panels, podcasts, workshops Jan Raleigh/Durham, NC http://www.nccomedyarts.com/
Traverse City Winter Arts Comedy Festival major: improv, sketch, standup; awards, workshops Feb Traverse City, MI http://wintercomedy.org/
Laughing Skull Comedy Festival major: standup, contests, workshops Mar Atlanta, GA http://www.laughingdevil.com/skullfestival/
SXSW Comedy minor: standup, video, workshops Mar Austin, TX http://sxsw.com/comedy
Dallas Comedy Festival minor: improv, sketch, standup, workshops Mar Dallas, TX http://www.dallascomedyfestival.com
Laughfest minor: improv, sketch, standup, video Mar GrandRapids, MI http://www.laughfestgr.org/
Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival minor: improv, sketch Mar Toronto, Canada http://www.torontosketchfest.com/
Green Gravel Comedy Festival minor: improv, sketch, standup, workshops Mar Toledo, OH http://www.greengravelcomedyfest.com/
Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest major: improv, sketch, vid/film; panels, podcasts Apr Austin, TX http://www.comedymoontower.com/
LAughter Fest minor: improv, sketch, standup, vid/film; competitions; panels, podcasts Apr-May Los Angeles, CA http://www.lacomedyfest.com/
Women in Comedy Festival minor: improv, sketch, standup; panels, workshops May Boston, MA http://www.womenincomedyfestival.com/
Canadian Int’l Comedy Festival major: standup May Toronto, Canada http://cmw.net/comedy/
Bridgetown Comedy Festival minor: improv, sketch, standup May Portland, OR http://bridgetowncomedy.com/
Vince Vaughan’s Wild West Comedy Festival major: standup, vid/film; podcasts May Nashville, TN http://www.wildwestcomedyfestival.com
Limestone Comedy Festival major: improv, sketch, standup; podcasts May Bloomington, IN http://www.limestonefest.com/
26th Annual Comedy Festival major: standup; podcasts Jun Chicago, IL http://www.26comedy.com/
Great American Comedy Festival minor: improv, sketch, standup; awards, competitions Jun Norfolk, NE http://www.greatamericancomedyfestival.com/
East Texas Comedy Festival major: improv, sketch, standup; competition Jun Tyler, TX https://www.facebook.com/EastTexasComedyFestival
Just For Laughs major: improv, sketch, standup, vid/film; podcasts Jul Montreal, Canada http://www.hahaha.com/en
Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy minor: sketch, standup Aug Jamestown, NY http://www.lucycomedyfest.com/
Brooklyn Comedy Festival minor: improv, sketch, standup Aug Brooklyn, NY http://bkcomedyfestival.com/
High Plains Comedy Festival minor: sketch, standup; podcasts Aug Denver, CO http://highplainscomedyfestival.com/
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival minor: improv, sketch; workshops Sep Austin, TX http://www.outofboundscomedy.com/
Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival major: improv, sketch, standup; panels, podcasts Sep Brooklyn, NY http://eugenemirman.com/
Just For Laughs major: improv, sketch, standup, vid/film; podcasts Sep Toronto, Canada http://www.jfl42.com/
Big Little Comedy Fest minor: improv, sketch, standup Sep Cleveland, OH http://www.biglittlecomedy.com/big-little-comedy-fest.html
Cabo Comedy Festival major: standup; competitions, awards Oct Cabo San Lucas, Mexico http://cabocomedyfestival.com/
Festival Supreme major: sketch, standup, vid/film Oct Santa Monica, CA http://festivalsupreme.com/
10,000 Laughs Comedy Festival minor: sketch, standup Oct Minneapolis, MN http://10000laughs.com/
New York Comedy Festival major: sketch, standup, vid/film Nov New York City, NY http://www.nycomedyfestival.com/
Comedy Day in the Park minor: improv, sketch, standup Nov San Francisco, CA http://comedyday.org/
Cleveland Comedy Festival minor: improv, sketch, standup; competitions Nov Cleveland, OH http://www.clevelandcomedyfestival.com/
Boston Comedy Festival minor: improv, sketch, standup, vid/film; awards,competitions Nov Boston, MA http://bostoncomedyfest.com/
Winter Wonderlandia minor: sketch, standup Dec Brooklyn, NY http://bkcomedyfestival.com/

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