Competition Info

How long will I be in China?

Comics need to be here for a minimum 2 – 4 days, depending on which prelim round you’re in.

 

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 info@comedyfestival.cn. We believe there are no stupid questions, but if there are, expect dick pics in return!

 

Prizes:

1st:
  • RMB 14,000
  • Booked at LA’s world famous Comedy Store, NYC’s Comedy Cellar and Flapper’s
  • Entered into the 2017 Burbank Comedy Festival
2nd:
  • RMB 3,000
  • Booked spot at Flappers Comedy Club Burbank or Claremont
3nd:
  • RMB 1,000
  • Booked spot at Flappers Comedy Club Burbank or Claremont

Judges

  • Martin Morrow, pro US comedian and Second City main cast
  • Catharine Savage, Second City main cast, performer iO Theater
  • Amelia Chappelow, Melbourne International Comedy Festival judge

Competition Details:

Local Heats (April 24)

  • 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 February 19

Preliminary Round (April 25 – 27)

  • 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 (April 28)

  • Each comic will perform a 12min spot
  • Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd
  • Same judges, comics can 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 April 29 at the Shanghai Jiadu Theater.