Competition Info

How long will I be in China?

Comics need to be here for a minimum 3 – 5 nights, depending on which prelim round you’re in.


Do I need a visa?

If you’re not sure if you need a visa, you probably need a visa.


Can you recommend somewhere to stay?

You bet your sweet punchlines we can. There’s a hotel next to the club and we get a discount. It’s 3-stars, in a great part of town, and worth it. Ask us to help you book.


If I win, does this make me a professional comedian?

Your ongoing success is guaranteed, or our money back please 🙂


I have more questions!!!

Don’t be shy, hit us up at We believe there are no stupid questions, but if there are, expect dick pics in return!



  • RMB 14,000
  • Booked at LA’s world famous Comedy Store, NYC’s Comedy Cellar and Flapper’s
  • Entered into the 2018 Burbank Comedy Festival
  • RMB 3,000
  • Booked spot at Flappers Comedy Club Burbank or Claremont
  • RMB 1,000
  • Booked spot at Flappers Comedy Club Burbank or Claremont


  • TBA

Competition Details:

Local Heats (May 21)

  • Any comics who are in Shanghai on this day (and who don’t already have spots in the Preliminary Rounds) can apply for a 5 minute spot.
  • The top two performers will win wildcard entries into the Preliminary Rounds
  • Maximum 14 entrants. First come-first serve on applications, starting at noon China Standard Time (CST) on March 29

Preliminary Round (May 22 – 24)

  • Successful entrants will be allocated a spot on one preliminary round show
  • Preliminary round spots are 7 minutes each
  • The top three acts from each night will go through to the final
  • The red light will flash at 6 minutes, stay on at 7:30 minutes, and the mic will be cut at 8 minutes
  • Any comics still performing after 7:30 minutes will lose a point from each judge
  • Any comics performing after 8 minutes will be disqualified

Final Round (May 26)

  • Each comic will perform a 12min spot
  • Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd
  • Same judges, comics can NOT use material from the previous round
  • The red light will flash at 11mins, stay on at 12:30mins, and the mic will be cut at 13mins
  • Any comics still performing after 12:30mins will lose a point from each judge
  • Any comics performing after 13mins will be disqualified

Show Info

  • All comics must find the MC 20mins before a show’s published start time, in order to perform.
  • It’s up to you to make sure the MC knows how to say your name
  • All successful entrants will be granted a festival pass allowing access to all events run as part of the festival (excluding comedy classes). If they haven’t registered for a seat in a show which sells out, we can’t guarantee access if sold out. Seats go to paying audience members if necessary.

Judging criteria

  • Originality of material
  • Performance ability
  • Quality of writing
  • Audience reaction

Competition Final

This year’s final will be held on May 26 at a theatre TBA.