About Brooklyn Comedy Festival

The Brooklyn Comedy Festival was created to celebrate the scene and to give every level of performer a chance to shine on Brooklyn’s many stages.

Each year, the festival showcases both established and up-and-coming performers from every realm of comedy, including sketch, standup, improv, podcasts, and film. In addition to shows, there are panel discussions and after parties throughout Brooklyn hosted by local and national sponsors.

From Hannibal Buress dropping by to perform at opening night in 2013, to Mike O’Brien moving on to join the cast of Saturday Night Live, Nick Turner selling an original show to Comedy Central soon after his performance, Reggie Watts appearing at the first Winter Wonderlandia show as Brooklyn Comedy Festival’s “special guest”, and 2014 performers Michael Che and Hasan Minhaj cast on The Daily Show as correspondents along with Trevor Noah hired to replace Jon Stewart as the host, the Brooklyn Comedy Festival continues to have some great surprises and successes for attendees and performers alike.

Past sponsors include Adult Swim, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Kill Rock Stars, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint Brewery, Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, and Mailchimp.

The Brooklyn Comedy Festival was founded by producer Ashleigh Walker and performers Julian Kiani and Chris Nester.


Q: How do I submit to perform at the next Brooklyn Comedy Festival?

A: Sign up for the Brooklyn Comedy Festival mailing list HERE and be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook for info on how to submit to perform at the Brooklyn Comedy Festival. Submissions generally open around February and close around April.

Q: Can my weekly/monthly comedy show in Brooklyn be a part of the Brooklyn Comedy Festival?

A: The cornerstone of the Brooklyn comedy scene is the fun, inventive shows that are taking place throughout the borough on a nightly basis. We definitely want to highlight a variety of shows during the festival, but we are limited in the amount we can incorporate. Send us an invitation using the contact form on our website or send us an email at info@bkcomedyfestival.com and we will do our best to check out your show!

Q: What genres of comedy does the Brooklyn Comedy Festival feature?

A: ALL OF THEM! Standup, sketch, duo, improv, musical comedy, character, storytelling, podcasts, web series…

Q: How can I apply to work for or intern at the Brooklyn Comedy Festival?

A: We are currently not hiring employees, but if you are interested in a Brooklyn Comedy Festival internship please email us at info@bkcomedyfestival.com!