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OFFICIAL RULES FOR RUNNING A WSOC SHOWCASE

1. All contestants in your WSOC Showcase must register on The World Series of Comedy website.

2. All contestants in your WSOC Showcase must pay the $65 registration fee for The Main Event and use your registration code for your WSOC Showcase 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, after your WSOC Showcase. Their video will not be accepted any other way.

5. Your WSOC Showcase sign up fee will not be refunded for any reason. This fee will be used for website setup and other work that will be done on our end to make sure your WSOC Showcase runs as smooth as it can.

6. Your WSOC Showcase qualifies when you reach 6 comic registrations that used your WSOC Showcase code. When this happens, the winner of your WSOC Showcase will be picked from the video submission and will be given a spot  in the Satellite you are holding the WSOC Showcase for.

7. When you reach 6 comic registrations that used your WSOC Showcase code you will unlock a cash payback level. At 10 comic registrations that use your WSOC Showcase code will unlock another cash payback level. At 15 comic registrations that use your WSOC Showcase code will unlock another cash payback level.  The level of cash paid back is determined by the level of the sign up fee, you paid when you signed up your WSOC Showcase.

8. You will also receive a free $65 registration for The World Series of Comedy. This can be used by you or can be transferred to someone else who has not already paid a registration fee. The level when the free registration is given is determined by the level of the sign up fee, you paid when you signed up your WSOC Showcase.

9. If you reach 16 comic registrations with your WSOC Showcase code your 1st & 2nd place comics will be given spots in the Satellite you are holding the WSOC Showcase for.

10. All money will be paid out via PayPal. It will be paid out as soon as you hit 16 comic registrations with your WSOC Showcase code or your WSOC Showcase happens. No checks or cash will be given out as payment.

11. Your free registration for The World Series of Comedy info: 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.

12. At least 6 comics must register on The World Series of Comedy website and use your WSOC Showcase code on the registration form for your contest to qualify. If you do not get 6 comics to register for your WSOC Showcase, your contest will not qualify and your winner will not win a spot in the Satellite. If your WSOC Showcase does not qualify, we will email the comics who picked your WSOC Showcase and let them know they are still registered for the Satellite and for The Main Event. They will be advised of your showcase not qualifying and therefore no one from your showcase will be given a spot in the Satellite.

13. The Winner from all of the video submissions for your qualifying WSOC Showcase gets a guaranteed spot to perform in the Satellite that you pick on the registration form. 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, they will be placed in the Wildcard show.

14.You will be docked $10 off of any money you may have earned for every comic that doesn't get us a YouTube Video link before registration closes for the Satellite. This is how important a video link is. We do not want to do this we want to pay you we just need your help getting the comics to submit a video.You will encourage and help the comics in your WSOC Showcase to video themselves performing, then urge them to submit the video online. This will give them another chance to get picked for the Satellite they chose.

15. You will be emailed a link to a google doc. On this google doc you will be able to keep track of registrations. There are also other tabs on this google doc that can be used to help you run your WSOC Showcase.

16. You will receive the link to your google doc this will mean that your comic code is live and able to be used by comics to register for your WSOC Showcase.

17. We would like you to send an email to each comic who has picked your WSOC Showcase. 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 used your WSOC Showcase code you will get credit for them.

18. It is your job to email us as soon as your WSOC Showcase ends to tell us who the  3 audience winners are.

19. Comics can only compete in a single WSOC Showcase. If a comic wants to compete in a WSOC Showcase after they have already registered for the festival they will need to email Bobbi and she will give them a link to a form where they can pay $10 to add a WSOC Showcase to their registration. 

20. When you register to be a WSOC Showcase, 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 WSOC Showcase you can. If we do not like how we are being represented by you, we have the right to cancel your WSOC Showcase 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.

21. Below is how we judge each video. This is how we will pick the winner of your WSOC Showcase.


We have four to five 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 on stage.  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.zippyvote.com. You will be given a free account  on Zippy Vote to use for your WSOC Showcase. Whichever comic gets the most votes will have 3 points added to his/her final score.  The comic with the second most votes will have 2 points added to his/her final score.  Third Place gets 1 point, 

22. Each contestant in your WSOC Showcase 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 date is moved, no refunds will be given. If a Satellite or WSOC Showcase gets cancelled or moved, no refunds will be given for any reason. When comics register, they are registering for The Main Event.
 
23. The Winner of your WSOC Showcase 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.
 
24. 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.
 
25. Decisions of The World Series of Comedy are final. Any contestant or WSOC Showcase producer who attempts to argue with the staff of The World Series of Comedy may be disqualified.
 
26. 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 WSOC Showcase 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 Bobbi Roberts at bobbi@theworldseriesofcomedy.com or 501 250-3741 if you have any problems or need any questions answered.