What is a Satellite?
The World Series of Comedy travels to comedy clubs around the U.S. and Canada and holds contests, called satellites, during the year in preparation for The Main Event in September. A Satellite is just a smaller version of The Main Event. We created the Satellites to help the comics be seen by more comedy clubs. Not every comic can travel to The Main Event so this is an opportunity to still participate. And, you could win your way into The Main Event contest. It is also a way to get a better score than your video submission by performing live, which could help your chances of being chosen for The Main Event.
How am I able to add additional Satellites to my registration?
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org. Let him know you have registered and what Satellite you originally picked. He will email you back a link to add another Satellite for $20. This link will only be emailed to anyone who has already registered for The Main Event.
Is it possible to change the location of my Satellite?
Yes. You must make any Satellite changes before the scheduled deadline; otherwise you must pay for the additional Satellite. You can only make a change one time. Just email email@example.com and ask him to make the change for you.
Is it possible to register for a Satellite without registering for The Main Event?
No. The only way to pick a Satellite is to register for The Main Event. When you register you are not registering for a Satellite, you are registering for The Main Event and picking a free Satellite.
When I sign up for The Main Event this year, how many Satellites can I sign up for?
You will be able to pick one Satellite as part of your registration. You can add as many additional Satellites as you wish, for a fee of $20.00 for each additional Satellite.
Is it possible to be in more than one Satellite?
Yes, many times comedians participate in more than one Satellite contest each year. It’s a great way to get in front of the bookers of a club you may want to work for.
Why should I do a Satellite?
The advantage of participating in a Satellite is you will have Satellite points added to your score just for performing at a Satellite. One point if you are in the wildcard, Two points if you are in the second round, Three points if you make it to Saturday and 4 points if you’re one of the top 3 comics from that Satellite. This means your overall score will be higher, giving you a better chance of being picked for The Main Event. You will also be seen by the owner or booker of the Satellite club, meaning you have a good chance of meeting them and getting work from them. If you win, you get a week’s worth of work there and will be placed into the second round of The Main Event.
Do we have to perform at any Satellite to get on stage at The Main Event?
No. When you register for the WSOC you are registering for The Main Event. You can simply not choose a Satellite and pick The Main Event only. Your video will be judged along with all the other submissions for the year. If your video is in the top 101, you will be selected to compete in The Main Event. If you can do a Satellite we think you should, it will help increase your overall score.
Am I responsible for all travel expenses to perform at the Satellite?
Yes, comics participating in Satellites are responsible for all transportation and hotel accommodations.
Can I enter this contest through the comedy clubs that have satellites?
No. You enter the contest via the WSOC website http://theworldseriesofcomedy.com/. Just go to our website, look around and read about it. Then when you’re ready, click on the registration form button and fill out the form. The participating clubs are only hosting the contest, they do not run it. Neither the club nor their staff will be able to assist you with registration or answer your questions. Please refer to our website or contact us for information.
When I pay the registration fee, am I automatically in the Satellite?
No. When you pay the registration fee, you are automatically registered for The World Series of Comedy Main Event festival and you are eligible to participate in all the seminars, social events and events with bookers and club owners during the week.
Will there be any discounts on a hotel in the Satellite cities?
We try to get each club to give us information they have for the best hotel nearest the club, but it is best, once you get picked, to go online and book the best hotel you can find near the club. If we do get information about hotels for the Satellite, it will be listed under Satellite info and then pick the Satellite you are looking for info about.
Do I have to be at the Satellite for all four days?
No. You only need to be at the club the night you are scheduled to perform. If you are in the Wildcard show on Wednesday and advance to the next round, you will need to be there on a Thursday or Friday. If you are one of the top two from the Thursday or Friday shows, you will have to be there on Saturday for the finals.
How much time will I be doing in the Satellite shows?
This can be found on the website: http://theworldseriesofcomedy.com/contest-format. Comedians in the Wednesday wildcard show will be doing 5 minutes. Those in the second round performing on Thursday or Friday will be doing 7 minutes. Those who make it to the finals in the first show on Saturday will perform for 11 minutes. Comics who make it to the final show of the week on Saturday will be doing 25 minutes.
I have a gig and can’t do the finals of the Satellite. Should I still register?
Yes. If you win and can’t move on, we will just give your spot to the comic who placed behind you in the scoring. Performing in a Satellite can still increase your overall score and help you get picked for The Main Event. Also, you may end up being booked at the comedy club that is hosting the Satellite.
I picked the Satellite I want to go to, do I have to register again for The Main Event?
No. When you register for The World Series of Comedy, you are registering for The Main Event and are eligible to participate in all its daytime and social events. In addition, you get to pick a satellite for free, in the city of your choice, as long as the deadline has not passed.
Do we get any free tickets to the shows at the Satellites?
No, but we will always try to offer a discount ticket for each Satellite. Every Satellite is different and we have to follow the rules of the club that is hosting the Satellite. We always need volunteer helpers for each Satellite so if you have registered and want to hang out we will make sure you get in each night as long as you help us during the shows.
Can comics buy the offered audience packages for themselves if they want to see the shows at the Satellite?
Any comedians that wants to pay the regular audience price are free to do so and will enjoy the benefits of any regular audience member. Comedians paying for admission are subject to any and all food/drink minimums the club may have. The WSOC reserves the right to seat all audience members in the club at their discretion.
How do I know if I was picked for a Satellite?
The names of the chosen comics will be listed under Satellite info and then pick the Satellite you are looking for info about. You can find the dates when the names will be posted for each Satellite on the website calendar at http://theworldseriesofcomedy.com/calendar. An email will also be sent out to all the comics who picked that Satellite. A second email will be sent to every comic on our mailing list.
I would love to see the local comedy club in my town as one of the WSOC Satellites. What can I do to make that happen?
Let your local comedy club know about The World Series of Comedy and that you’d like to see it come to your city. You can contact our producer, Joe Lowers, and let him know you’d like your local club to participate.
Who are the judges for the live shows at the Satellites?
Owner/producer/comedian Joe Lowers and VP of the WSOC Jason Rowland and; an owner/booker from the club where the Satellite is taking place. Sometimes there will also be a 4rd guest Judge someone from the comedy club or local headliner/celebrity
Can a comedian be accepted, potentially, into more than one Satellite?
Yes. We will watch all the videos for every comic for each Satellite and rank them for each Satellite. If you pick more than one Satellite, your video will be reviewed for each one. Even if you win a Satellite you can still be accepted into another satellite. Again, the advantage to participating in more than one is that your highest score is retained no matter which Satellite you received it from, and it will be applied when the 101 comedians are selected for The Main Event.
If my schedule changes after I am selected to compete in a Satellite, can I request to perform on a different day?
There are no guarantees that a change can be made to the performance schedule. However, once the list is posted there will be comics who drop out; at that point we will try to accommodate scheduling conflicts.
If I want to register for a Satellite contest in the WSOC do I just show up?
No. You must register for each Satellite via the WSOC website, and by the specified deadlines. All information regarding specific locations and dates can be found at http://theworldseriesofcomedy.com/.
Does signing up for a Satellite mean I audition in that town?
No. Picking a Satellite means that you will submit a video for acceptance into the contest held locally in that town at a specific comedy club. If you are picked as one of the top 40 from all the videos submitted for that Satellite, then you will need to travel to that comedy club and perform.
What do I do if I got picked for a Satellite
The main thing you need to do is read the email that you will get from us. We will send out several emails leading up to the Satellite and in these emails you will find a lot of the answers you will need or want. You must confirm your spot via email. If we do not get an email from you confirming your spot than your spot will be given to the next comic in line. You must show up to the show on time. If you are late you will lose your spot to perform.
What do I do if I don’t get picked for a Satellite?
You should email us a link for another video. We will watch the updated video and if the score, we give that video is better than the score, we gave your 1st video we will use the highest score for any other Satellites you picked and The Main Event.