Stand Up & Pitch

stand up & pitch

WRITERS! CREATORS! COMICS!

SUBMIT NOW for the chance to present your TV comedy pitches to a panel of top industry experts live on stage at Just For Laughs ComedyPRO 2023!

Selected projects will have 5 minutes to pitch live on stage to a panel of seasoned comedy executives and receive unprecedented access as well as invaluable professional feedback.

Our esteemed panel will award the creator of one top project the unique opportunity to receive one-on-one development guidance post-festival to help bring the project to the next level. The top project will also receive 2 (Two) Industry Passes to return to ComedyPRO in 2024 (an approximate $1500 USD value)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2023 BY 11:59PM EST

For more information and submissions guidelines, click below.

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Stand-up and Pitch accepts all comedy genres:

  • Scripted
  • Sketch
  • Animation
  • Variety
  • Innovative unscripted formats
  • Comedic game shows
  • Proof of concept short form series

Past pitch panel industry participants include development, production and creative executives from ABC, Amazon, Bell Media, BET+, CBC, CBS, Color Creative, Comedy Central, The CW, FOX, Funny or Die, FX Networks, HBO, Hulu, LOL, NBC Universal, Netflix, Paramount Television Studios, Roku, Showtime and WarnerMedia.

Recent Stand Up & Pitch alumni have found success with their projects and careers, crediting their participation in ComedyPRO as a driving factor:

I can honestly say that pitching our Bhalla project there was a life-changing event. First, the fact that we even got a chance to present our project brought so much confidence and legitimacy to our project. The networking aspect was so key in building proper relationships with broadcasting partners.
- Anish Bhalla, Bhalla (2022 Stand Up & Pitch Finalist)

Please read our submission guidelines carefully and submit now to Stand Up & Pitch 2023!

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2023 BY 11:59PM EST

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SUBMISSION MATERIALS

  • Series bible that provides an overview of your show concept as well as an outline of the pilot episode, series progression and professional bios of the creative and production team.
  • Complete pilot script OR pilot episode.
    • NOTE Where completed pilot video is included in the pitch, it cannot have been produced prior to 2022.
  • OPTIONAL: Supplemental video illustrating and/or supporting your series treatment. Examples of supplemental video submissions can include, but are not limited to, an excerpt of stand-up act, taped sketch that highlights character(s), produced scenes. Additional video should not exceed fifteen (15) minutes in length.
  • Non-refundable fee of $50.00 USD
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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Stand Up & Pitch is open to applicants worldwide, but all submissions must be in English.
  • Submitted materials will not be returned.
  • Deadline for ALL materials is Tuesday, May 16, 2023 by 11:59pm EST.
  • Please send your submission materials, combined into a single PDF File, via WeTransfer.com to [email protected]. (Please ensure that the download time permitted from WeTransfer is not less than one month.)
  • Video Links must be embedded within the PDF file and NOT included in the body of your email.
  • Projects that do not follow these instructions may not be reviewed in a timely manner.
  • You MUST include the project title in the subject line as well as in the body of the email. Please use the following format to name your file:
    CPRO23_LASTNAME_PROJECTNAME
  • All applicants will be contacted via email so please ensure that you provide a working email address.
  • You may submit more than one project.
  • You may submit as a team. Performers that work and/or produce in partnership with writers/directors/producers are welcome to submit a collaborative piece.
  • All submissions are reviewed by the Just For Laughs Stand Up & Pitch program committee, and final selections are at the complete discretion of this committee.
  • A non-refundable fee of $50.00 USD must be included with each submission (credit card payment only). If your project is not selected the fee may be applied to the purchase of a Just For Laughs Industry Pass.
  • Selected projects will receive 2 INDUSTRY passes to 2023 Just For Laughs ComedyPRO.
  • All finalists and the winners retain the rights to their projects throughout the process.

Please read the Terms and Conditions before paying your fee and submitting your project.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at [email protected]
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2023 BY 11:59PM EST

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CONTACT INFO

Questions? E-mail us at [email protected]