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submissions are now closed for the 2023 festival in Las Vegas.

5 days in las vegas

Do we need to say anything else?! ComedyFest goes down in the Las Vegas Arts District, home to some of the best foodie hotspots, coffee shops, breweries, galleries and so much more!

filming all standup showcases

One of the best things about ComedyFest is that Laugh After Dark films EVERY standup showcase! If you are selected to perform at a showcase as an official nominee, you can get a copy of your perfomance to use and share once it's released.

education + performance for all

In addition to film screenings and standup comedy showcases, there will also be networking, performance, and education opportunities for everyone who submits to the festival. In other words, there are a LOT of reasons to come to ComedyFest even if you don't get selected to perform as an official nominee!

comedyfest deadlines

early bird

Through 1PM pst Jan 4, 2023


1:01 PM pst Jan 4 - April 2023


May - June 10, 2023

last chance

June 11 - 30, 2023


August 1, 2023



Anyone wishing to be considered to perform at Laugh After Dark ComedyFest must submit as follows:


Films must be submitted via Film Freeway. If you are planning to submit for both standup and film, please note that you will submit your materials and pay fees separately.


If you plan to submit for standup, you will submit a 5-10 min standup set via a public link directly on the ComedyFest website by filling out the standard submission form once standard submissions open in 2023. Please remember to check your links when submitting.  Submissions with broken, private  or otherwise not viewable links will be automatically disqualified. YouTube and Vimeo links recommended.

Yes! We welcome multi-talented comedians and encourage you to submit for as many categories as you would like. 

*Please note that when submissions go live, film and standup submissions will be accepted separately. Film submissions and fees can be paid on Film Freeway. Standup submissions and fees can be paid here on our website.

**Please note that Early Bird submissions lock in the lowest rate and will be able to submit to either side of the festival all the way until the final deadline.


  • 5-7 min video
  • Audible sound
  • Filmed within the last 18 months
  • Funny. 


Please see requirements on Film Freeway.

If you are selected to participate in the festival, you will be contacted by a member of our team August 1, 2023 with additional information and instructions.

Yes. Anyone wishing to be considered to participate in the festival must submit and pay the required fees.

*Subject to change


  • Club
  • Alt
  • Clean
  • Musical
  • Dark


  • Sketchs
  • Micro Shorts
  • Shorts
  • Standup Specials
  • Music Videos
  • Comedy Podcasts
  • Animations 

5- 7 minutes only please

Please make sure your set meets the following requirements:

  • 5-7 min video
  • Audible sound
  • Filmed within the last 18 months
  • Funny. 

Nope! After all, this is Laugh AFTER Dark! We have several genera categories and our team will place you.

Our festival judges, panel speakers, and visiting industry have collectively worked on projects with Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime, Fuze, Lionsgate, and much more!

Yes! We will be hosting additional (non-judged) official ComedyFest Mics happening throughout the festival for comedians who submitted but were not selected as official festival participants. 

2023 Submissions closed

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