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10,000 Laughs, October 18-20

Come laugh with us. Or at us. Whichever, honestly.

10,000 Laughs is an independently-produced, artist-run comedy festival with heart. And a big mole, which we should maybe get checked out. We founded the fest in 2010 to share our love of standup with the Twin Cities, and eight years later, we're bringing talent from around the country to thousands of festival-goers in Minneapolis (that's you!).

The three-day festival puts indie comedy in the spotlight with sixty or so screamingly funny comics - from national headliners to total unknowns. Come laugh, drink, and listen to out-of-town comedians say, "Hey, Minnesota isn't that cold!"


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10,000 Laughs is back for year eight and better than ever!

Early Submission Fees run until 6/15 at 12:01am.

The festival packs houses over three days, showcases the kickass Twin Cities comedy scene, and connects comics from across the country. All happening October 18-20.

We started back in 2010 with a zero dollar budget and a ragtag collection of producers, comics, and audiences. Fast forward to 2017: the 10,000 Laughs festival drew 1500 attendees to 6 venues with 65 comics. And 2018 will only get bigger.

Come join us in the land of 10,000 lakes (hence the name…get it? Get it?) and perform on a bunch of super fun shows, with a bunch of super fun comics, in a super fun city.

We’ve got two submission tiers: LOCAL (people living and performing standup in the Twin Cities) and NATIONAL. Local submission fees are always free, and national submission fees are $25 until June 15th and $35 until July 15th. So get in on it early to save yourself some change. 


 
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10,000 Laughs is a team of comedians (and Bob) who are positively in love with the art form. We obsess about making the kind of comedy festival we'd want to be a part of.

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Bob Edwards
Festival Director

The founder of 10,000 Laughs, he's been obsessed with stand up comedy since he was 12 years old. A former comedian, he's mostly known now as the booker for the Comedy Corner Underground and for talking entirely too loud. He has 3 kids, a wife, and a dog he loves very much. 

 
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Chloe Radcliffe
Producer

Chloe Radcliffe is a Minneapolis-based comic recently named a TBS Comic To Watch at the New York Comedy Festival. In 2017, Chloe was a semifinalist in StandUp NBC and listed as one of the top five comics in the Twin Cities. She was a quarterfinalist in the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, and performed at the Women In Comedy and Oddblock festivals. This is her second year as a producer on 10,000 Laughs and somehow no one's noticed all the things she's fucking up.

 
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Moe Yaqub
Junior Producer

Mohtasham (Moe) Yaqub is a young and upcoming comedian from Minneapolis. He was a finalist in Acme and House of Comedy's Funniest Person Contest. At just over a year in comedy, he's the newest comic ever helping with the fest. 

 
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Ryan Kahl
Associate Producer

Ryan Kahl is a stand-up comedian based out of Minneapolis. He is a cofounder and coproducer of Clear Water Comedy, a comedy collective in his hometown of Eau Claire, WI. He also coproduces Standup Sundays at Fair State Brewing Cooperative; a comedy showcase in Minneapolis. Ryan is our Venue Coordiantor, so if for some reason we miss something in your rider about only green M&Ms, he's the one to blame. What he lacks in stature he makes up for in crippling self-doubt. 

 
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shelly paul
Producer

Shelly Paul was born and raised in Minnesota, and started doing stand-up in Minneapolis. On average she spends 12-40 minutes every day sitting in her car. Not driving- just sitting there. She head's up our social media and all design (including the fancy-smancy website you're on right now), and is also in charge of telling Bob that no, that's actually a really bad idea.

 
 

FESTIVAL ARTIST

Shawn Nafstad is the illustrator for the 2018 festival. He's the one in charge of Rubber Hosing everyone on the festival. We've been told by our legal team that we need to clarify Rubber Hosing is a style of drawing and he will not be hitting performers with rubber hoses. 

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How much does it cost to submit to 10,000 Laughs?

Submission fees are $25 early bird until June 15, then $35 until July 15. If you’re living and performing stand up in the Twin Cities, submissions are free.

How do you decide who gets into the festival?

Every 10,000 Laughs Producer will be reviewing each and every tape. We average the reviews from the entire team and create the best lineup of hilarious, diverse performers from the highest scoring tapes.

Tape questions:
a) Does it have to be clean?
b) Can I submit a “best-of”?
c) Any other things you’d like to yell at me about the tape I submit?


A. Shit no. But don’t feel like it has to be dirty either.
B. Nope. We need at least 5 minutes of one continuous set. Feel free to start in the middle of a set, or submit a longer tape.
C. WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO SEE AND HEAR YOU. That means with our human eyes and ears, not with CSI Miami video-enhancing technology. If your tape is unwatchable (your TAPE, no comment on your comedy), we’ll shrug and move on to the next one.

The producers are comics, so we like to think we know about how to put together good shows with comics that all complement each other. Just send us your best set, whatever that may be.

Can I submit my group act to be part of the festival?

We’re strictly a standup festival, so unless you’re in the vein of the Sklar Brothers or Puterbaugh Sisters, no.

I'm an agent and want to submit someone I represent, is there a special process for this?

Just fill in your representee's information, the process is no different than for individuals without representation.

Can I submit my character act to be a part of the festival?

Again, strictly a standup fest, so alt-y standup is fine, but anything where you might consider wearing a costume isn’t us.

How much stage time will I get?

Last year the average performer did 2.7 shows. We do a couple themed shows, but for the most part we have shows where you’re doing 8ish minutes for sold out houses. Expect 2 normal showcase shows, and maybe one weird one.

Is lodging provided?

All accepted performers will be provided with SHARED lodging with someone of the same gender identity (we work with people to make sure everyone is comfortable on who they're sharing with). If you require private lodging, you’ve got to pay for it out of pocket. We’ll have discounted rooms available for performers and ticket holders during the festival. If you plan on having private lodging please let us know right away!

Is travel provided?

Nah, but lodging is!