The 3rd Annual Scripted Comedy Festival

On March 22nd- 28th, 2015, iOWest will host the best and the brightest comedy has to offer at the 3rd Annual LA Scripted Comedy Festival.
This week long event will feature shows simultaneously on three stages, host various competition categories for performers, boast celebrity headliners and judges, as well as offer a variety of comedy writing workshops.
The highlight of the festival will be the plethora of performances by groups and comedians, from the U.S and abroad, covering all things scripted comedy: sketch, solo, variety, storytelling, stand up, podcasts, talk shows, pilots (live reads and filmed), video shorts, and short films. There will also be special celebrity guest performances and appearances that are not to be missed.

In addition to the featured shows, there will be several competition categories for performers: Sketch Cage Match, Stand Up, 24-Hour Sketch, Storytelling, Video Shorts (5 minutes and under), Filmed Pilots (25 minutes and under), Written Pilots, Video Competition (over 5 min and under 30 min) and The 48-Hour Video Short. Participants can enter multiple categories and compete for prizes awarded to the winners of each category. Prizes include stage time at iO West and the iconic Comedy Central Stage, meetings with casting directors, and networking opportunities with celebrity judges and more.

In addition to the performance aspect of the festival, iOWest will also be offering numerous comedy writing workshops that cover such topics as: television, screenplay, sketch, talk show, SNL, joke and solo writing as well as stand up, podcasting and storytelling. Performers of all skill levels and experience are welcome to attend. These workshops will be led by current iO West instructors as well as special guests who are currently working in the industry; credits include SNL, Conan, Key and Peele, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Kids In The Hall,
The Emmys, Shameless, Cougar Town, MADtv and many more.

We are pleased to honor iO alumni Chris Farley by naming The Chris Farley House as the festival’s official beneficiary. A percentage of all festival show and workshop total revenue will be donated to the house, a state-certified residential treatment program for recovering men and women, located in the late comedian’s hometown of Madison, WI. The facility offers sober, structured living, as well as case management and counseling, to assist with the transition to productive independent living and employment.

APPLY TO HAVE YOU OR YOUR GROUP SHOWCASED IN ONE SHOW ON ONE OF OUR THREE STAGES.
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THERE ARE SEVERAL INDIVIUAL AND GROUP COMPETITION OPPORTUNITIES AT THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL.

2015 LA Scripted Comedy Festival Competitions

GROUP COMPETITION OPTIONS:

Sketch Cage Match:

· We’ll need a labeled, stapled copy of each sketch for the light booth.

· Please keep your set at 20-25 minutes. The lights will be cut at 25 minutes.

· Tech is allowed but we advise you to keep it to a minimum. Lights, music, sounds are OK. Video segments or standalone videos are NOT allowed.

· Please keep the stage clean.

· Each audience member will be given a ballot as they enter the theater. In order to preserve the integrity of the vote, we will not be passing out additional ballots inside the theater.

· No ballots will be distributed once the show starts.

The championship round will feature an audience vote as well as special guest judges to decide who is the best of the best.

Winning prizes include a showcase at the famous Comedy Central Stage at The Hudson Theater, a 4-week run on the iO West Main Stage and more.

The 24-Hour Sketch Competition:

24-hours before show time, the sketch teams will get their suggestions live on the iOWest Main Stage. Once you receive your 3-part suggestion of a location, emotion, and object it’s off to the races to create. 24 hours later you’ll be back at iO to perform your brand new show. An audience vote as well as special guest judges will decide who did the greatest job overnight.

Winning prizes include a showcase at the famous Comedy Central Stage at The Hudson Theater, a 4 week run on the iO West Main Stage and more.

The 48-Hour Video Short Competition (NEW CATEGORY):

48-hours before show time, the chosen film teams will get their suggestions live on the iOWest Main Stage. Once they receive their 3-part suggestion of a location, emotion, and object, they will write, shoot and edit their 5-15 min video short.

48 hours later the teams will be back at iO to premier their brand new video short. An audience vote as well as special guest judges will decide the winner.
The winning prizes include $100; your video will be featured on iOWest Youtube page.

INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION OPTIONS:

Please keep video files to the following sizes:

– Videos under 5 minutes should be no more than 500MB in size.
– Videos between 5-30 minutes should be no more than 2GB in size.

If your file is too big, try reducing the video’s size while maintaining its original aspect ratio. Please do not send videos smaller than 640X360

Stand-Up Competition:

Ten comics per each first round competition, 5 minutes each, and the top two comics chosen by audience vote each night.
Our Stand Up Competition finalists will get the opportunity to perform another 5 minutes with special guest headliners on the championship night. An audience vote plus the votes of the headliners will decide the Stand Up Competition Champion.

The winning prizes include $250 and the opportunity to host a monthly Stand Up show on the iO West Main Stage.

Storytelling Competition:

Storytellers will get 5 minutes each and audience votes will decide two winners from each. The championship round will feature our first round finalists doing another 5 minutes plus special guest headliners. The champion will be chosen by audience votes plus the input of our guest headliners.

The winning prizes include $250 and the opportunity to host a monthly Storytelling show on the iO West Main Stage.

Video Short Competition – Under 5 Minutes

Send in your 5 minute or less comedy short and put it to the test. Videos must be submitted as a mov or mp4 file. Audience votes plus special guest judges will decide which of the accepted video submission is the best.

The winning prizes include $100; your video will be featured on iOWest Youtube page.

Video Short Competition – Over 5 Min/Under 30 Min (NEW CATEGORY):

Send in your over 5 min and under 30 min comedy short and put it to the test. Videos must be submitted as a mov or mp4 file. Audience votes plus special guest judges will decide which of the accepted video submitted is the funniest of the funny.
The winning prizes include $100; your video will be featured on iOWest Youtube page.

Video Pilot Competition:

Have a filmed pilot? Send it in! We’ll spend a night screening the accepted 25-minute or less pilots. Videos must be submitted on a DVD. Audience votes plus special guest judges will decide the winner.

The winning produced pilot will be reviewed by literary and comedy agents from one of the leading talent agencies in Los Angeles and New York.

All applicants and winners acknowledge and agree as follows:

*Review of the winning materials by the talent agency does not guarantee a meeting or signing with the agency.

*By submitting your pilot and/or pilot script for consideration, winners acknowledge and agree to sign a Materials Submission Agreement prior to the agency reviewing any materials. iO Theatre and the talent agency shall have no obligation to the winner regarding the prize unless the agreement is signed.

Written Pilot Competition:

Have a written pilot? Send it in! We will review your 20-25 page scripts and pick the winners to be read aloud live on stage by special guest celebrities. Email your script as a PDF to lafestival@ioimprov.com

The winning pilot script will be read and reviewed by literary and comedy agents from one of the leading talent agencies in Los Angeles and New York.

All applicants and winners acknowledge and agree as follows:

*Review of the winning materials by the talent agency does not guarantee a meeting or signing with the agency.

*By submitting your pilot and/or pilot script for consideration, winners acknowledge and agree to sign a Materials Submission Agreement prior to the agency reviewing any materials. iO Theatre and the talent agency shall have no obligation to the winner regarding the prize unless the agreement is signed.