Official Rules for running a Sub-Satellite
1. All contestants in your Sub-Satellite must register on The World Series of Comedy website.
2. All contestants in your Sub-Satellite must pay the $55 registration fee for The Main Event and pick your Sub-Satellite for you to get credit for that comic.
3. All contestants must be at least 21 years of age. Any contestant found to be under 21 could be disqualified at our discretion.
4. Every contestant is required to submit a YouTube or Vimeo video online, either when they register or after your Sub-Satellite. Their video will not be accepted any other way.
5. You will earn $200 as soon as your Sub-Satellite qualifies. This $200 will be paid via PayPal. No checks or cash will be given out as payment.
6. As soon as your Sub-Satellite qualifies, you will be given a free registration for The World Series of Comedy. This is not a guaranteed spot, it’s just a free registration. If you are a comic and plan to use this, you will still need to submit a video to get picked for a Satellite or The Main Event. If you are a club, you may give the free registration to a comic who has not yet registered. We will not refund any registration fees to any comics who have already registered. That comic will have to follow all of the same rules as any other comic registering for The Main Event.
7. At least 15 comics must register on The World Series of Comedy website and click the radio button on the registration form (from the Sub-Satellite) for your contest to qualify. If you do not get 15 comics to register for your Sub-Satellite, your contest will not qualify and your winner will not win a spot in the Satellite. If your Sub-Satellite does not qualify, we will email the comics who picked your Sub-Satellite and give them a chance to pick another Sub-Satellite. They will be advised of your contest not qualifying and therefore no one from your contest will be moving on.
8. If an additional 15 comics register on The World Series of Comedy website and click the radio button on the registration form (from the Sub-Satellite), you will earn another $150. This $150 will be paid via PayPal. No checks or cash will be given out as payment.
9. The Winner of your qualifying Sub-Satellite gets a guaranteed spot to perform in the Satellite that you pick on the registration form. The Winner of your qualifying Sub-Satellite must still submit a video for our review. They are guaranteed the spot, but the video will tell us where to place them in the Satellite. If their video score is high enough, they will be placed in the second round. If their video score is not high enough or if they do not give us a video by the video due date, they will be placed in the Wildcard show.
10. If an additional 15 comics register (bringing your total comics to 30) on The World Series of Comedy website and click the radio button on the registration form (from the Sub-Satellite), your Second Place comic will win a guaranteed spot in the same Satellite. The Second Place Winner of your qualifying Sub-Satellite must still submit a video for our review. They are guaranteed the spot, but the video will tell us where to place them in the Satellite. If their video score is high enough, they will be placed in the second round. If their video score is not high enough or if they do not give us a video by the video due date, they will be placed in the Wildcard show.
11. You cannot perform in or win your own Sub-Satellite.
12. You will encourage and help the comics in your Sub-Satellite to video themselves performing, then urge them to submit the video online if they haven’t already submitted one. This will give them another chance to get picked for the Satellite they chose.
13. You will be emailed every time a comic registers and picks your Sub-Satellite. In the email, you will get the name, email, and cell phone number of the comic who just registered. You will contact the comic as fast as you can. We have found that if you respond in a timely manner, everything will run smoother for you and for us. In your response, let the comic know when, where, and what time they should be there to perform. If they do not show up, it is not your job to chase them. As long as they click the radio button on the registration form (from the Sub-Satellite), you will get credit for them.
14. When you register to be a Sub-Satellite, you will be given the date when your contest must end. You must end your contest by that date for your winner to be able to perform in the Satellite. It is your job to email us as soon as your Sub-Satellite ends to tell us who the winner is.
15. When you register to be a Sub-Satellite, you have the right to use The World Series of Comedy logo and all web graphics we will provide for your use. We will give you any support we can. We want to help you have the best Sub-Satellite you can. If we do not like how we are being represented by you, we have the right to cancel your Sub-Satellite at any time. We also have the right to have you remove any artwork that we feel does not show The World Series of Comedy at its best.
16. You do not have to follow the judging rules here, but you do agree to run a fair contest and give us your funniest comic, not the comic who brings the most people. The rules listed here are how we judge the videos and how the comics are judged at the Satellites and The Main Event. If you follow the same rules for your Sub-Satellite, your winner has a better chance of moving on.
We have three judges grading each contestant on the following three categories:
A. Originality (10 points) – When you’re writing, think about stuff that is personal to you. Don’t write about how old the greeters at Wal-Mart are. Write about things that you think no other comic has written about. And if you do use a common topic, try to present your own, different perspective on it. And for the love of God, NEVER USE ANOTHER COMIC’S MATERIAL OR JOKES YOU’VE SEEN ON THE INTERNET. This is just about the worst mistake you can ever make.
B. Stage Presence (10 points) – Here, the judges will decide how comfortable you seemed onstage. Did you address the entire audience? Were you looking up at the ceiling or down at the floor the whole time?
C. Overall Performance (10 points) – Did the audience like you? Were you too dirty? Did you go over your time? These are the things the judges will think about when they score you in this category.
This gives you a total of 30 possible points from each judge. We will take the total score for each contestant and combine it with the audience vote.
Audience Voting – Every audience member will be able to vote for each comic. An easy way for you to do this is go to https://www.livevotingapp.com/index. Whichever comic gets the most votes will have 5 points added to his/her final score. The comic with the second most votes will have 4 points added to his/her final score. Third Place gets 3 points, Fourth Place gets 2 points, and Fifth Place gets 1 point added to their final score. If there is ever a problem with audience voting, it is taken out and not counted. If there is a tie, the audience vote is taken out.
17. Each contestant in your Sub-Satellite will be required to pay a registration fee. This fee will go up on different dates for The Main Event and for the Satellites. No refunds will be given unless The Main Event of The World Series of Comedy is cancelled. If The Main Event in Las Vegas date is moved, no refunds will be given. If a Satellite or Sub-Satellite gets cancelled or moved, no refunds will be given for any reason. When comics register, they are registering for The Main Event in Las Vegas.
18. The Winner of your Sub-Satellite must read and follow the same rules as the other comics in the Satellite. Once the names are posted on the website, they will have 3 to 4 days to confirm their spot in the contest for the Satellites. Failing to confirm means their spot will be given to the next comic in line to move up. If they lose their spot because they did not follow directions, no special treatment will be made for your winner.
19. Contestants’ names will be placed in a hat and picked to determine what night and what order they will perform in the Satellite contest. This will be done before the list of contestants who have made it is posted on the website.
20. Decisions of The World Series of Comedy are final. Any contestant or Sub-Satellite producer who attempts to argue with the staff of The World Series of Comedy may be disqualified.
21. The World Series of Comedy and other sponsors associated with the contest will not be held responsible for any problems that arise as a result of sponsoring contest. Furthermore, contestants and Sub-Satellite producers agree to waive and release any and all rights, claims, and causes of action whatsoever that he or she may have against The World Series of Comedy and other sponsors in connection with the contest.
E-mail or call Joe Lowers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702 205-9050 if you have any problems or need any questions answered.