Sonoma Laughfest accepts submissions from stand-up comedians*, improv and sketch groups, solo shows, musical comedy acts, self-produced short comedic plays, and alternative comedy acts. Fill out this form to submit yourself, your team, or your group. If you wish to submit in several categories, please do a separate application for each (you do not need to pay the submission fee more than once). After you complete and send this form, click the PayPal button at the bottom of the page to pay the submission fee. All applicants will be contacted by August 18th at the latest.
NEW THIS YEAR: Sonoma Laughfest is moving into more of Wine Country! This year, we'll be doing one night in Sonoma (at the Sebastiani Theater - a historic theater on Sonoma's town square), one night in Santa Rosa (at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts), and one night in Healdsburg (at The Raven, steps from the historic square). We'll be playing much larger venues (320 - 440 seats), so ALL ACTS WILL BE AMPLIFIED. Only submit if you are comfortable with either a handheld mic or wireless over-the-ear body mic.
In 2017, we've added Sonoma Laughnights, which are one-night-only shows all year round at various wine country locations. These are paid shows and we hire from our family of Sonoma Laughfest performers for these shows. We have 24 of these scheduled for 2018. Performing at Sonoma Laughfest isn't a guarantee that any one act will be hired for Sonoma Laughnights, but it is the path toward the pipeline for those shows, as we are loyal to and appreciative of our Laughfest family of performers.
WE'D LIKE TO SEE MORE OF: comedy acts involving music, comedy dance teams, teams of any comedy genre comprised of 3 people or less, improv shows with a theme, teams that do both sketch and improv, and Bay Area comedy acts of every genre
*STAND-UPS: Watching hundreds of submission videos over a few days reveals some trends, the most prevalent being that the overwhelming majority of stand-up submissions include Tinder/online dating bits. In past years, we've had to pass on some really great people because we need to have more varied content in the festival. If you feel like this is your strongest work, by all means submit it, but if you have other work you feel equally confident about, please show us that. Thank you!
ACTIVELY SEEKING LGBT FOLKS AND PEOPLE OF COLOR!
Submission Deadline ($24) - July 31st
Acceptance Notifications - August 18th
Line-Up Press Announcement - August 22nd
Festival - October 13th-15th
If you have any issues/problems with this form, please contact our Executive Producer, Brooke Tansley, at firstname.lastname@example.org.