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.
November 1 -November 30, 2018
Submission Fee: $30 Standard Registration
December 1 – December 31, 2018
Submission Fee: $35
January 1 – January 31, 2019
Submission Fee: $40
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
The Final Showdown
Saturday, April 13, 2019
If you are accepted you’ll get FIRST PRIORITY when attending our sold out industry panels.
This festival prides itself on helping industry executives discover talent they are not familiar with. If you were a performer in last year’s festival (2018), we advise you to not apply this year. Wait till next year to apply again. We like to cycle in as many new faces as possible. This way we can get a good mix of new faces, and talent that we’ve had before, but we want to see again with new material.
If you have submitted before, PLEASE submit a new tape.
HERE’S WHAT THE INDUSTRY SAYS ABOUT THE SHOWDOWN!
“The Showdown has truly become a prolific gathering of talented comics on the rise. It allows me to see and discover new comedians from all over the country in my own backyard. And many from my own backyard. The first time I saw Kellen Erskine, a comic from Burbank with no representation at the time, was at The Showdown. That got the ball rolling to audition and eventually book Kellen for New Faces at JFL Montreal. So kudos to Nicole and her team for uncovering and showcasing some bright stand-up gems.” – Jeff Singer, Executive Programming Consultant, Just For Laughs Comedy Festival
“Every year I make sure that I clear my schedule for the finals of THE SHOWDOWN. It is not only a great night, but it is an incredible place to find the next level of comedic talent and a showcase that I have been able to sign a lot of people out of.” – Ian Arougheti, ICM Partners
“I see LOTS of comedy shows – but the Westside’s Stand Up Showdown always impresses. The talent they curate is consistently great and I personally have discovered a number of amazingly talented comedians solely through The Showdown. Comedy competitions are notoriously challenging to put together (and attend), but Nicole & team have cracked the code in making it a fun, well-run, discovery-driven event that is a true asset to the LA comedy community.” – Ryan Moran, Comedy Central – Talent & Development
“The Showdown put a huge handful of talented stand-up comics on our radar. The side-splitting hilarity that transpires throughout the competition is a blast for both audience members and the industry folk, and it’s really awesome to experience these new comics at their best!” – Allison Johnson, Funny or Die
“The Showdown at the Westside Comedy Club is an excellent opportunity for not only comedians but for the industry to scout. The Showdown curates amazing lineups featuring the best comics and I look forward to it each year.” – Michael Cox, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
HOW TO PAY THE SUBMISSION FEE
Complete the form below and click submit. You’ll be taken to a payment page.
If for some reason you aren’t taken to the payment page, pay your submission fee here.
Only submissions that have paid will be reviewed by our panel.
*** Submission fees are non-refundable ***