First off I am a standup comic. That is what I have been doing the past 24 years and it’s what I love. The rush you get after a performance is something that cannot be described. Unless you have been on a comedy stage I am not sure you will understand this feeling. I love it and I live for it. I started The World Series of Comedy nine years ago to help comics get work. People ask all the time what’s it like being a comic. Perform on stage is not our job its the payoff. Our job is trying to get booked and get the work so we can perform. The World Series of Comedy has taken the hard part out and lets a comic just be a comic. The winner of the festival wins 35 to 50 weeks of work from comedy clubs all over the USA & Canada. That rushed I talked about after performing well, I get that same rush when I help a comic get work. It’s hard to explain, but it’s such a good feeling seeing so many comics get to perform in comedy clubs all over the country because of the work I do. Plus, it’s a lot of fun. Being around so many funny people is just fun! Here is a link to more info About Us!
Comedy Bookers do you have questions about The Festival?
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Does it cost anything to be listed on your website?
No. All we require is an offer from you to give us work for the winners of the contest.
Do I have to pay the winning comics more?
No. We do not want you to do anything different than what you do for your feature acts. Pay them the same as any other act. All this festival does is take out the work for the comic who wants to work for you.
Do I have to book the comics on certain dates?
No. When the festival is over, producer Joe Lowers will email you a list of the winners. He will also email the winners a list of the bookers offering work. All we ask is that when they contact you, you set up their work for them as soon as you as you can in a fashion that works for the both of you.
How much work do I have to give you?
We only ask for one week for the winner of the contest, but we love it when you give us three weeks. A week each for the first, second and third place winners is great.
Can I come to The Main Event and be part of the festival?
Yes. That is what we are hoping for. Every booker or comedy club who gives us work for the festival winners is invited to join us at the Belterra Casino in Florence, IN for The Main Event.
Do I get a free hotel room in Las Vegas the week of the festival?
Yes. We will take care of your hotel room for however many nights you can be at the festival. Some bookers come out for the entire week and some only come out for a few days.
Do I get any free drinks or food?
Yes. When you are judging one of the contest nights, we will give you drink tickets and we will also have a food menu for you in the showroom to grab something to eat while watching the show.
What do you need from me while I am at The Main Event?
The most important part of the festival is the Meet & Greet that takes place on Thursday at 1pm. We make every effort to have all the bookers who are attending to try to be there for this event. We also ask each booker to judge at least one show during the week. If you can do more, it is greatly appreciated. If you are still in town on Saturday, we ask that you come to all the shows on Saturday to see the finals. We also have events each night that we would like you take part when and if possible.
Can my Comedy Club be one of your Satellite locations next year?
Sure! Just email email@example.com or fill out the bookers registration form. We will contact you with the information you need and how it all works. We are already working on next year and hoping to have all the Satellite locations booked by this year’s festival. We want to announce at the Main Event all the places we will be going next season.
Do I have to fill out the registration form?
No, but we would love for you to do it. It will give us the information we need from you, including contact information to give to the winners, and who we can give this information to.
Will tons of comics be bugging me for work?
No. When the festival is over we will email you a list of the top 16 comics from Saturday along with the winning 3 comics. If you are okay with this we will only give your information out to them. If not, your details will only go out to the top 3 comedians.
Is this an amateur contest? Are the comics pro?
This is not an open mic. This is one of the most difficult festivals to get picked for. The talent level is very high and the shows are very solid. The comics who make it to Saturday’s finals have beaten out almost 500 other comedians. The comics who have won this in the past can headline most clubs in the country. This is the reason some of the top clubs in the country have let us have a Satellite in their club – because the shows are great.