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To submit for the 2023 Cleveland Comedy Festival (November 8th-11th) you must complete the form below and also pay the Submission Fee of $25.  Submissions close August 20th.  You can also check out the FAQ section for more details.

You will be required to pay after submission form is filled out.  You will be automatically taken to the Tickets page to complete the payment. You can pay with PayPal or enter a credit/debit card.



What is the Cleveland Comedy Festival?

When is this year’s festival?

  • Wednesday, November 8 through Saturday, November 11, 2023.  There will be multiple shows each night of the festival.'


Where is this year’s festival?

  • The primary location for the 2023 festival is at 78th Street Studios, the largest fine arts complex in Northeast Ohio with over 60 galleries, studios, and creatives businesses!  Satellite shows throughout the greater Cleveland area will be announced at a later date.

Who can submit to the festival?

  • Anyone and everyone is welcome to submit.  Whether you are from Cleveland, Ohio, or Cleveland, Queensland, Australia, or somewhere in between.  We want to celebrate the art of stand-up comedy from its many voices!

  • It does not matter how long you have been doing comedy, so long as you are serious about performing live & can be available the week of the festival.  CCF has been around since 2008 and we have a great history of showcasing new & veteran talent to fans in Northeast Ohio.


What kind of submission is CCF looking for?

  • URL link to YouTube or other video player source that can be shared and is accessible of a 5 - 7 minute stand-up performance.  Please do not exceed 7 minutes, pLease make sure video is at least 5 minute. No highlight reels, videos must be a continuous 5 - 7 minutes.

  • We strongly recommended that the set is recorded during the same performance, in front of an audience.  It does not matter if it is at an open mic, you performing as an opener, feature, or headliner at a showcase, other festival, or special.

  • Video quality is NOT a factor in selections.  It can be Super 8 or 8K, so long as we can see you telling the jokes.  However, please try to have the best audio you can of your set.  We want to hear from YOU more & not so much of the crowd.


Are you only accepting stand-up submissions?

  • While we believe humor is universal, CCF’s focus is primarily on stand-up comedy, so no improv or sketch submissions are requested.  Stand-up performances can be considered from multiple genres & formats, including, but not limited to:

    • Alternative

    • Character

    • DIY

    • Musical

    • Observational

    • Satire

  • If you have a podcast, and are interested in doing a live recording during the festival, please cite that in the "Bio" portion of your submission form for consideration.

Why charge a submission fee?

  • All submission fees go directly into our annual budget to cover direct festival expenses, secure venues, insurance, & equipment.  CCF is a non-profit.  You can learn more of our mission.


How do I submit to the festival?

  • Submissions for 2023 are now closed.  If submitted and selected, CCF, Inc. will contact you directly.


How are selections made?

  • We have a diverse panel of multiple volunteer reviewers consisting of comics & non-comics.  Personal details will be hidden from reviewers, unless it is on the video itself.

I have more questions.  Who do I ask?

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