M.I’s Westside Comedy Theater Presents:
The 8th Annual Showdown
Submissions NOW OPEN!
Welcome to the 8th Annual Showdown! Must be 18 or over to apply. –
Stand-up competition! Industry reps are looking for new talent, and we’d like to help. Every night we have top judges from the industry and the comedy community. All performances for this competition are at Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater located in Santa Monica, California.
Past Judges have been Comedy Central, NBCUniversal, Funny or Die, top comedy agents (that we are not allowed to mention), comedy managers, lit agents, JFL bookers, late night television bookers from Conan, Fallon, and Kimmel, writers, SF Sketchfest booker, New York Comedy Festival booker, show producers, club bookers, the LA Weekly, Buzzfeed, and your mom. So take a look below and submit today.
HOW IT WORKS:
If you’re one of the comics selected you will perform at the Westside Comedy Theater in two preliminary rounds on two separate nights. After both showcases, your scores will be combined, and the top 10 comics will advance to the Final Showdown.
April 9 – 12, 2019 Preliminary Rounds
Saturday, April 13, 2019 The Final Showdown
If you are accepted you’ll get FIRST PRIORITY when attending our sold out industry panels.
Past winners and finalists received: A general meeting with Comedy Central. Meetings with: CAA, WME, ICM, Levity Ent., Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Principato-Young Entertainment,TBS, Funny or Die
We will stuff the joint with industry. Last year many of the comics received great feedback from the agents, managers and late night bookers in attendance. Even if you don’t win, you stand a good chance of making a love match with that one special agent or manager who “gets you.”
PAST SUCCESS STORIES:
“The Westside Comedy Showdown legitimately boosted my stand-up career. The exposure to industry took my career to the next level!” – Kellen Erskine (Showdown 2017 Winner. Kellen found his agent at the Showdown and booked his first late night spot on Conan a few months later!)
“The Showdown has been one of the most helpful competitions in my stand-up career. Winning the showdown directly prepared me for winning the Stand up NBC Showcase later that year by helping me tighten my set against some of the top comedians in LA & beyond. Not to mention it’s also attended by top industry managers, agents, TV personnel, etc. I’m very thankful to the Westside showdown!” – JR De Guzman (Showdown 2016 Winner)
“The Showdown was the only festival / competition that put me in front of industry. Through the Showdown, I met with Comedy Central and was put on their 2016 Comics to Watch LA Showcase.” – Hanna Dickinson (Showdown 2016 Finalist)
“An amazing experience that provides comedians an opportunity to showcase themselves to people that have the power to help them move their careers forward.” – Justin Clark (Showdown 2015 Finalist)
HOW TO APPLY:
1) Must be 18 or over to apply. – CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT!
2) Submit your entrance fee through this page.
Early Registration: November 1 – November 30, 2018 Submission Fee: $30
Standard Registration: December 1 – December 31, 2018 Submission Fee: $35
Late Registration: January 1 – January 31, 2019 Submission Fee: $40
You will be notified by the week of February 18, 2019.
The prelims will be held:
Tuesday, April 9 at 8PM + 10PM
Wednesday, April 10 at 8PM + 10PM
Thursday, April 11 at 8PM + 10PM
Friday, April 12 at 8PM + 10PM
Saturday, April 13 at 8PM
After Party at 10pm (All are welcomed)
Judging preliminary rounds will be talent agents, managers, and industry executives. Sets for the prelims round will be five minutes each.
The winners will perform in the Finals on April 13, 2019 at 8PM at Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater.
If you have any other questions check additional information below:
Submission will only be accepted through the online submission page.
No in-person, mail or emailed submissions outside of this online form will be considered. Must be 18 or over to apply. – CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT!
The check-out service fee refers to the fee associated with the ticketing service. We never see this fee ourselves, so if you want to complain about it, we’ll join you. Submission fees are non-refundable.
Comics selected to be a part of the competition will be informed over email the week of Monday, February 18, 2019. Failure to confirm by Thursday, February 21st may result in us not being able to guarantee your spot. And that would suck, so give us your good email and not the one you reserve for spam and stuff.
Prizes: Meetings will be set up between representatives from the company’s listed and the comic. Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater will not be scheduling these meetings for you.
Cash will be handed out night of the show in crisp new bills.
If you STILL have questions email us at firstname.lastname@example.org