Do you have a knack for making people laugh? Have you always wanted to be on stage? Dreamed of performing at LaughFest? Whether you are a seasoned veteran or making your comedic debut – LaughFest Showcases are perfect for YOU!

2020 Applications are now closed! Applicants, please check your email and portal to see your showcase program placement and status.

We have a limited number of showcase spots for LaughFest 2020. Submitting an application does not guarantee you will be assigned a spot in a showcase.


If your application is accepted, you’ll receive some seriously awesome benefits, including:

  •  $5 discount on designated LaughFest shows
  • Official LaughFest merchandise discounts
  • Access to networking events

New for 2020! We’re thrilled to introduce themed showcase shows this year! These are in addition to the standard stand-up and sketch/improv showcases. When filling out your Showcase application, please indicate your interest in being part of Ladies Night Out, Young at Heart, or Cancer Journey Showcases. The First Timers Showcase is an additional application.

  • Ladies Night Out – For all the LaughFest ladies out there! A time to celebrate women in comedy and all things female. Grab your gal pals and join us for Ladies Night Out! Though the whole lineup will be women, we’re welcoming – men are invited to attend too (especially if they’re supporting the funny women in their life)!
  • Young at Heart – A special showcase for those who may be “old” on paper but are seriously young at heart! You’ve got a lifetime of humor stored up and know there’s no age cap on humor—join us! Whether you think something’s a big tickle or far out, this showcase will be a gas.
  • Cancer Journey – Like many things, living with cancer is not without its moments of humor. While you might be thinking what’s funny about that? Those that have lived can tell you a thing or two. This showcase is for people currently on a cancer (whether recently diagnosed, in treatment, post treatment and/or remission) or supporting someone on a cancer journey.
  • First Timers – Everyone gets a little nervous about their first time. But if you’re looking for the right place to take that initial big performance step, look no further—the LaughFest First Timers Showcase is perfect for you. If you’ve preformed once or twice at an open mic night, taken a class or two and now want to explore taking your set to a bigger crowd, we’re waiting for you!

Showcases will be made up of mixed levels of talent. This will create a diverse lineup and should bring in larger audiences, therefore making it a better experience for our performers.

Performers will be assigned to their specific shows.

We have a limited number of showcase spots for LaughFest 2020. Submitting an application does not guarantee you will be assigned a spot in a showcase.


All showcases will be non-ticketed, first-come, first-served, general admission, free events for LaughFest fans to attend. At the show, attendees might be asked to make a $5 High Five donation.

Due to the projected high level of participation by performers and limited spot availability, you may be placed on a wait list.

Please know if you’re looking to participate in the National, Best of the Midwest or Clean Comedy Showcases, they have already been booked for the 2020 Festival.


For questions about LaughFest showcases please contact us at Be sure to add this email address to your contact list and be on the look out for emails from this address – we want to stay in touch!