Thank you for your interest in performing at the 2023 Latina Comedy Festival in Chicago! Thank you to all comedians who applied.

Submissions are now closed. All performers will be notified by end of day Monday, September 11th, 2023


What is the Latina Comedy Festival (LCF)?

The first Latina Comedy Festival was held last year in August 2022 in Chicago and was a one-event festival. (You have to start somewhere!). We sold out our marathon-style showcase that featured 25 Latina/x/e stand up comedians. This year, we’re expanding to 5 showcases, over three days at various venues across Chicago.

The mission of the Latina Comedy Festival is to celebrate and promote Latina stand up comedians from across the country and give them a platform to perform in multiple showcases and network with other Latina comedians.

What are the dates of the 2nd Annual Latina Comedy Festival 2023?

The Latina Comedy Festival will run Thursday, October 5th, 2023 through Saturday, October 7th, 2023.

When can I submit to LCF 2023?

Applications will be open on Monday, August 7th, 2023. 

Is there a fee to apply?

Yes, there is a nominal application fee of $15 (many other festivals charge up to $50!). The application fee goes directly to covering costs to review submissions and does not result in any profit. The submission fee is not refundable. Incomplete applications and those without payment will not be processed.

Please complete your application then click the “PAY SUBMISSION FEE” button above to pay the application fee here.

How are comedian submissions reviewed?

Submissions are reviewed by a panel including the producers of the festival and select area comedy professionals. Applications are judged on quality, originality, audience reaction and most importantly – how funny you are!

When will I know if I have been accepted into the festival?

We will contact all applicants with a decision by Sunday, September 10th, 2023.

Who is eligible to submit to the Latina Comedy Festival?

Selection priority will be given to comedians who identify as female, femme, non-binary, woman/womyn and Latina, Latinx, Latine, Afro-Latina/x/e and/or Hispanic. You also must be a stand up comedian or stand up musical comedian only. We are not accepting submissions for improv, storytelling, or other types of comedy performances at this time.

If I am selected to LCF 2023, what am I responsible for?

As an LCF 2023 performer, you are responsible for your own transportation to and from Chicago, transportation while in Chicago, lodging and food during the festival in Chicago. We are working with some local comedians to see if they are able to house any comedians from out of town. You’ll be able to express interest in this when you apply.

Please note just like most weekends in Chicago, there is a major event happening – the Chicago Marathon. Therefore, lodging may be limited during that time period.

Is there compensation for performing at the festival?

Currently, we are unable to offer monetary compensation for performers. We will provide limited snacks/food and drinks which will vary per showcase and festival schwag.

What do I get as a performer if I am selected to perform at LCF 2023?

If you are selected you will perform at least twice in two separate showcases and possibly more depending on your and show availability. You will also have networking opportunities. complimentary snacks and drinks at most showcases, free admission to all showcases, and festival schwag.

I’m still pretty new to comedy. May I submit to perform?

The festival is open to comedians of all stages in their comedy career. As long as you have at least a 5 minute performance clip to submit and complete the other requirements, you can apply and will be considered.

When do tickets for the shows go on sale?

Tickets for LCF 2023 showcases will go on sale in early September. Please follow Latina Comedy Festival @latinacomedyfestival on Instagram and Facebook for the most updated information.

I’m interested in sponsoring and/or the company I work for is interested in being a sponsor. How do we get involved?

Please review the sponsorship packages on the website. You can also contact [email protected] directly to discuss a customized package.

What do I do if I have more questions?

What a princess. Just kidding! Please send us a detailed email to [email protected] and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.