The Harlem Comedy festival is a weeklong festival celebrating people of color in comedy. The festival consists of a series of comedy events, stand up showcases, and competitions happening all over Harlem annually the last week of September.

Harlem has been an entertainment, arts, and cultural hub for over one hundred years yet there’s never been a comedy festival celebrating the impact Harlem New York has had on the comedy world. There are currently twelve comedy festivals of all sorts happening all year long in the five boroughs of New York City and this is the only one taking place in the historic neighborhood of Harlem New York.

Because of the lack of diversity in television and film. The Harlem Comedy Festival was founded to shine a light on the comedic talent that exists in our community that otherwise might go overlooked. And hopefully, in turn, inspire others to develop their own comedic skills and achieve their own goals.

Components of the Festival

  • 1 Stand-up competition
  • 20 Competitors
  • 17 Events
  • All week open mic
  • Networking meet & Greet
  • Opening week brunch
  • Closing night party


You must be 21 years or older to be eligible.

Submission entries should be no more than 6min minutes long. Not everyone who submits an audition video gets chosen.

Submissions are non-refundable, so make sure you’re eligible before you submit. In the “video” field, do not use the “embed” code – use the URL for the video.



Early Submission: $15  |   Deadline: 7/1/2019
NORMAL Deadline $25  |  Deadline 8/1/19
Late submission $35  |  Deadline 8/25/19

Selections will be announced by 9/3/19.


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