To Our Performers

A note from the festival stewards

To put it simply: we believe that standup is an art, a craft, and protected free speech. And we commit to never censoring your art.
There is one and only request that we ask — and that’s what it is, a request: that you not perpetuate stigma or bias around mental illness, race, gender, or sexual identity in your act.
Why? Because we believe it’s the right thing to do. We believe it elevates our art, our discourse, and our communities.
We’re also putting our money where our mouth is: Half of our ticket sales are going to support the Greater Orlando chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. They’re great people who help comics and audiences alike.
We can’t tell you what to say, and we don’t want to. But now you know why we’re all here. As Louie once said, “It’s on you.”

Important Dates

June 1st – 30th: Early Submission is Open ($15)
July 1st – July 24th: Late Submission is Open ($20)
July 24th: Submission period closes.
August 1st: All comics notified and festival schedule posted!


Orlando Comics! Heads up!

We love you — hell, we are you — but don’t submit. We’ve reserved a handful spots for Orlandoans, but we’re not accepting submissions. Why? Because we know you and we don’t feel right taking your money when we don’t need to review your material. Also, we want to maximize visiting comics. So, yes, we’re going to have Orlando comics, and yes, we’re going to hand-pick those performers.

Frequently Asked Questions


Is my submission fee refundable?

It’s not. The submission fee is to designed limit the amount of submissions we receive to comedians who are serious about their craft. Also it helps us pay for the festival itself.


How many comics are you accepting?

This could increase based on venues, but we’re planning to accept 25-30 national comics and about 20 local/regional comics.


When will I know if I've been accepted?

Submissions are open from June 18th to July 18th. Late submissions run from July 18th to July 25th. All comics will be confirmed by August 1st.


Will I get paid?

Only our headliners are paid. Worth mentioning: Festival organizers and staff are all volunteers and all profits go to NAMI of Greater Orlando. Anything left over goes to pay for next year’s festival.


Who's headlining?

Kyle Kinane is a comedian seen on Comedy Central and Conan, as well as peddling his wares in lands near and far. His mother is finally accepting his life choice. Also, farts.


What happens to all the submission money?

We use it to pay for festival things like posters, advertisements, website hosting. All that stuff that adds up.