Comic Submissions

The 9th annual Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival is now accepting standup comic submissions! The festival is August 12th-15th, 2015 in beautiful Asheville, NC. Having grown along with the vibrant local arts scene, Laugh Your Asheville Off draws some of the top comedy club owners & bookers, T.V. executives, casting directors and award winning producers in search of new talent.

Laugh Your Asheville Off is the premiere comedy event in the southeastern region. We believe strongly that first and foremost, the festival is about you as performers. This is one of the main reasons we choose to keep this a non-competitive event, and it is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the country. Over the course of 4 nights of sold out shows, you will have the opportunity not only to showcase your talent for industry professionals, but also for a diverse, open-minded audience. We want you to have the opportunity to network and further your career, but also to have a lot of fun in Asheville while you’re doing it! 

Submission Deadlines


Month/DayThru toSubmission Fee
January 29th April 7th $35
April 8th May 12th $45

Your video clip submission should be an unedited 7-10 minutes.

Comics who are invited will be notified by the end of May. Thank you in advance and good luck. See you in Asheville!!


"Laugh Your Asheville Off was by far the best comedy festival I have ever been to. It is well booked, run, and the venues are packed sold out - not to mention Asheville is beautiful and the food and beer are incredible. From a club booking perspective, it was great! Not only was I able to see comics that I was familiar with work in a different setting, but was introduced to comics that were perfect for my club and I may not have otherwise booked. I believe this is the best festival to give comics practical exposure to increase their club bookings."

     -Dee Burdett | Personal Appearance Agent and Comedy Development for Elev8 Talent Agency

"I definitely love attending to find fresh comedians for TV talent.   Asheville, NC is the perfect backdrop for this eclectic mix of comedians; the town is hippie-chic-artsy with great southern food!  I would strongly recommend comics to submit."

     -Felicia Davis | Casting Coordinator for ABC

“Out of the many festivals I work with, attend, support and experience – Laugh Your Asheville Off is definitely one of my favorites.  It’s one of the most comic-friendly, well produced and “career growth oriented” festivals going on right now. In a sea of “over-hyped, under-attended” DIY festivals plaguing the country right now, LYAO has taken the DIY grassroots beginning’s and nurtured it into a well-oiled comedy machine that runs like a giant Whole Food’s, but still manages to feel like a local farmer’s market.”

     -Eric Yoder | Funny Business Booking Agency

"Truly one of the most organized festivals I have ever been to! Amazing scene. Great new faces. I had a lot of fun in Asheville and met tons of great comics & industry folk. Super cool eclectic spot to throw a comedy festival."

     -Leanne Elias | NBC Universal | Talent Executive

"The best thing about The Asheville Comedy Festival is seeing talented comics do fresh comedy about topics other than the pop culture redux you get in the big cities.  The town of Asheville also has a really charming allure--but maybe that's just the great selection of beers talking."

     -Krysia Plonka | Executive Producer of "The Jeselnik Offensive" on Comedy Central

"A great festival with even better talent.  Want to see who's going to be on TV tomorrow, then go to Laugh Your Asheville Off today."

     -J. Holland Moore | Comedy Writer and Executive Producer of Spike TV's Joe Schmo



2015 LYAO Comic Submission Form

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