World Series of Comedy is a stand-up comedy event for comedians of all
levels. It starts with weeklong satellite contests all around the U.S.
and Canada throughout the year, culminating in a comedy festival we call
The Main Event, in September. The festival includes 101 qualifying
comedians competing in The Main Event, as well as an entire week of
comedy seminars and social and networking events for comics, comedy club
managers and bookers from the U.S. and Canada.
comedy festival is now in it’s ninth year and is quickly becoming one of
the best and biggest comedy festivals in the nation. The event helps
comics obtain more contacts and get more gigs by creating a setting
where both comedians and decision makers mingle throughout the events.
Series of Comedy was first held in Pittsburgh, PA, in 2003 at a local
comedy club. In 2004, a second contest was run at the request of the
owner. Executive producer, Joe Lowers, knew he was onto something, and
after he and his family moved to Las Vegas with visions of producing his
own show, he began to lay out the plans for a yearly festival modeled
after the one he created in Pennsylvania.
“I worked on
the idea of the festival every year writing it out, working out the bugs
and in 2010 it happened”, said Lowers. The resulting festival has been
described as a contest, a festival, and a job fair. All are true.
owners and comedy bookers serve as the judges of the contests,
instructors in classes and panelists in discussions. Social events for
both performers and producers are scheduled and provide a relaxed
setting for talking shop. Perhaps the most valuable event is the annual
Meet & Greet held during The Main Event. Here, comedians can visit
the booths of comedy clubs from all over North America, distribute their
information and discuss prospective employment.
their Tenth Anniversary, The World Series of Comedy panel of judges will
watch over 500 videos of comics just in preparation for the preliminary
Satellite contests held in the first seven months of the year. Forty
comics will be picked to compete at each Satellite location and the top
101 comics selected from all of the videos will go to The Main Event
that is being held this year at Casino Queen in East St. Louis, IL.
festival provides a weeklong job fair for comedians and club management,
it’s not surprising that the prizes for the winners of The Main Event
are employment. Over 70 weeks of paid stand-up comedy performance work
provided by participating clubs will be awarded to the first, second,
and third place finalists. First Place will also get a CD recording deal
with Uproar Entertainment.
competition, itself has the most sex appeal, perhaps more gratifying,
says Joe Lowers, executive producer of The World Series of Comedy, is
“seeing the comics who didn’t win still end up getting work because they
were seen or got to meet the right people.”