I’m not sure where my act fits. My show combines elements from more than one category. What should I do?
Please pick the category that best describes your show. The application will require you to fill out a bio for your act and you can provide more detail there.
I'm not a woman, can I submit?
Yes! WICF is open to comedians of all genders. You do not need to be a woman or have women in your group to apply.
Which categories of comedy may be submitted to the festival?
- Category 1: Stand Up Comedy: 5-7 minutes
- Category 2: Improv Comedy: 25 Minutes
- Category 3: Live Sketch Comedy (You may include some video/multimedia in your live act): 25 minutes
- Category 4: Musical Comedy (Scripted or unscripted. You may include some video/ multimedia in your live act): 25 minutes
- Category 5: Storytelling Stand Up Comedy*: 5-7 minutes
*Storytelling stand up is stand up comedy with one sustained story, a la Mike Birbiglia or The Moth, but please be sure your storytelling stand up is packed with as many laughs as a good stand up set.
What information will I need to submit for my act to be considered?
The application details all the information you’ll need to supply to WICF. Once you create a free account, which is the very first step in the application process, you can work on your application, save your work and log back in to finish. If you don’t have all the information, you can come back anytime before the deadline and finish filling it in.
In summary, you’ll need to:
- Create a free account
- Submit your basic information, including short and full bios for your act (short bio limited to 175 words, full bio limited to 700 words) and act photo (minimum 200kb, jpg format)
- Submit a web link to a live, unedited performance of your act. Your video must conform to the following lengths:
- Stand Up: 5-7 minutes
- Storytelling Stand Up: 5-7 minutes
- Improv: 15-25 minutes
- Sketch: 5-25 minutes
- Musical Comedy: 5-25 minutes
- Complete the application by submitting your payment
What’s this “Free Account” business? Are you going to send me spam?
No! We will use your contact email only to correspond with you regarding your application(s). We will not share your account information with any third party. You will have the option to opt out of receiving our newsletter when you sign up for your account by unchecking the sign up checkbox.
Hey, I know someone who runs the festival, can’t I just email that person my submission info?
No, please! While we always love to hear from colleagues, old friends, and long-lost relatives, it’s important that all our submissions come through the same channel, both for our benefit and yours. Please do not send us a submission in any other way than by filling out the official form.
I have multiple acts I would like to submit. Do I need to create separate accounts? Do I need to fill out separate applications?
You only need to create one account. You may then log in whenever you want and submit as many acts as you wish, but each act will require a separate application and fee.
What is included the “Musical Comedy” category?
Comedy music groups or solo acts (e.g. Garfunkel and Oates, Weird Al), scripted comedic musicals (e.g. Spamalot but much shorter, Spamalittle), and burlesque. Musical improv should be submitted in the improv category.
My group does video sketches. Can we submit our videos in the sketch category?
While sketch groups may show some video during their shows, the content must be at least half live sketch. Your submission video must be of a live, unedited show, in which at least half the content is live material.
When is my submission due and what are the fees?
Early Bird Deadline: November 18th, $25
Regular Deadline: December 16th, $35
Extended Deadline: January 11th, $45 (Please note: final application deadline has been extended to Jan. 11th, at 11:59pm EST)
When is my application considered complete?
You may log in and work on your application as many times as you like. Your application will only be considered complete and submitted once you’ve successfully completed payment, which is the final step.
I submitted my application but I want to make a change!
Once you’ve submitted your application, it’s considered final and you will no longer be able to make any changes. If you are accepted, you’ll be able to update your information, bio, and photo at that time. You can, however, always change your contact email by logging into your account, even after you submit your application.
How do I know if you have received my submission?
Once you submit payment, you will see a confirmation page from Paypal that your payment has been processed. You will then be automatically redirected to the application site where you will see a confirmation page that your application has been successfully submitted.
Can I mail my submission to a physical address?
We only accept submissions via the Internet.
When will I be notified of acceptance?
We will notify applicants, whether or not they have been accepted to the festival, by mid to late February, 2014.
When will the full schedule be announced to the public?
The full schedule will be announced in March, but tickets for some shows may go on sale before then. The schedule is subject to change at the sole discretion of the festival producers.
Are performers compensated?
We do not offer monetary compensation to performers (with the exception of headlining performers). We do not offer airfare or transportation to performers. We will offer reduced rates on local hotels and try to give performing groups as many perks as we can (show passes, food, parties, etc).
How many stand up sets do I get?
In order to invite as many stand ups as possible (the talent this year was amazing, and it was very difficult to deny acts) to take part in WICF 2014, each stand up gets one set. Local stand ups may not get a set, and may host instead. If stand ups drop out at the last moment (which is rare, but happens), a stand up who has helped by hosting may get a second slot.