When and how much are submissions?

2019 Submissions will run from April 30-June 30. Rates:

  • April 30-May 15: $30

  • May 16-June 30: $40

  • Locals (Twin Cities + Eau Claire) submit for free.

How do I submit?

Go to our submissions page.

can my improv group/ Joke-slinging-band submit?


We are a stand up festival pretty much exclusively. Improv is a no go. We don’t handle any pre-show logistics making your stuff louder, so if you are a music act you gotta be funny as shit and able to play without amplification.

I run a super fun theme show in my town. Can I bring it to your festival?

We typically find our theme shows from referrals. If you think you’ve got something that we’d love, feel free to hit us up on our contact us page.

If I don’t get in, do I get my money back?


What does the festival cover For accepted comics?

We try to be the best hosts we can, so we have nightly after parties with food and drinks for performers. We have a daytime BBQ for all the comics, and a brunch meet and greet for comics and industry. National performers will get a shared hotel room with a performer of the same gender. You’ll also get a Lyft credit with your swag bag for getting around the city.

If I’ve been in prior year’s festivals, can I submit to this one?


We believe in offering as many comics as possible the opportunity to perform on the humdinger of a festival that is 10,000 Laughs, which means we try not to repeat comic selections. If you’ve performed at 10,000 Laughs in the last four years, please don’t submit - we will refund your money and we just don’t want another thing to do. Locals who performed on the prior year can not submit.

We’re two performers who do stand up together, can we apply? Do we need to submit individually?

You can submit, and we’ve had duos on before because they can be super fun! You’ll both be paired together for the fest, and only need to submit once. Once we get through submissions we’ll talk about how lodging will work.