The Comedy Exposition is an independent comedy festival celebrating the best in local and national standup. Everyone on the Comedy Exposition team is a comedian, a producer of comedy shows, or both (mostly both). We’re using what we’ve learned at other festivals, at our own shows, and as lovers of Chicago to create the best possible experience for festival attendees and performers.
Every day of the festival takes place in a different neighborhood, across multiple venues. This neighborhood-focused approach means that you’ll be able to walk from show-to-show, making it as easy as possible to see as much comedy as you want.
Each night will feature multiple showcases packed with comics from our submission process—including our favorite local headliners—and surprise drop-ins from our national headliners. A little later in the evening, our main event shows will be stacked with multiple headliners per show, with one doing an extended set.
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Festival passes and individual tickets will go on sale closer to the festival dates.
Aside from our festival headliners, the comedians performing at the Comedy Exposition are selected from our submission process. If you are interested in being considered, you can submit on this site beginning on February 1, 2015. Comedians who are accepted will be notified by May 15, 2015. While we will consider all submissions, comedians who did not perform at last year's festival will be given preference.
Early submissions run from February 1st to March 15th for $20.
Late submissions run from March 15th to April 15th for $25.
5–7 minutes. Feel free to send a longer clip, but we can only guarantee that we'll watch the first 7 minutes.
Accepted performers from the greater Chicago area will be guaranteed at least one set.
Accepted performers from out-of-town will be guaranteed at least two sets.
At least 50, with roughly half from Chicago.
Unfortunately, we are not accepting show submissions at this time.
To submit, click the Pay Now button below. After paying, you will be returned to this website to complete your submission. You won't be able to return to the form later, so please have a video, bio, and headshot ready.
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