The Comedy Exposition of 2015


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.


Want to perform at the Comedy Exposition? Read this.

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.

When are submissions open?

Early submissions run from February 1st to March 15th for $20.

Late submissions run from March 15th to April 15th for $25.

How long should submission videos be?

5–7 minutes. Feel free to send a longer clip, but we can only guarantee that we'll watch the first 7 minutes.

How many times will accepted performers perform?

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.

How many performers will be accepted?

At least 50, with roughly half from Chicago.

Are you accepting show submissions?

Unfortunately, we are not accepting show submissions at this time.

Submissions are now open!

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.


The Comedy Exposition is made by...

Katie McVay

Katie McVay


Stephanie Hasz

Stephanie Hasz

Tech, Operations & Maritime Activities

Matt Byrne

Matt Byrne

Press Coordinator

Goodrich Gevaart

Goodrich Gevaart

Purveyor of Good Vibes

Zach Peterson

Zach Peterson

Volunteer Coordinator