The Golden Spike Comedy Festival is a four-day celebration of jokes, the comedians who tell them, and the audiences who laugh at them. On March 8-11, we’ll proudly present Salt Lake City and the surrounding area with a packed schedule of amazing stand-up shows featuring national-touring headliners and exciting emerging comedians from across the country, as well as live tapings of some of their favorite podcasts.

If you have a question about the festival that you don’t find answered below, fill out the contact form, and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.

I’m a very funny person. How do I submit?

Any comedian that would like to be considered to be chosen for the 2017 Golden Spike Comedy Festival can submit a 5-10 minute video at this link. The video should be an unedited performance with clear audio and video, showing you at your best as a comedian. You must also send  a $35 non-refundable submission fee. From the submission page, click “add to cart” under the submission fee and follow the directions to enter your payment info. You must submit both a video and a submission fee by the deadline in order to be considered. Submissions will be accepted until Feb. 1, 2017. Those chosen for the festival will be notified by Feb. 8.

I’m a very funny podcast who learned how to talk. How do I submit?

We’re also accepting submissions for podcasts for this year’s festival. To submit, follow the same process as above, but do so for your podcast. Make sure to include a link to your podcast for the submission panel to review. If you would like to submit as both a comedian and podcaster, no need to create two separate submissions. Simply include the link for your podcast in the submission form and pay the submission fee. That’s two submissions for the price of one!

The submission form asks for additional links and info. That’s pretty vague. What info should I provide?

Feel free to provide us with any information that makes your case for inclusion into the festival. You could include your bio, links to social media accounts, links to electronic press kits, or recommendations from great comics or people we trust, but those are just examples. Feel free to include anything else that might help make our difficult booking decisions easier.

What does it mean when I’m accepted? What’s in it for me?

First of all, it means you’ll be invited to perform in at least two shows during the festival and you’ll be given an all-access pass to attend all festival events (space permitting). In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and network with some of the best emerging comedians in the country, nationally touring headliners, and industry representatives. Finally, you’ll also be invited to join us for after-parties, pop-up shows, and other exclusive events and opportunities for comics in the festival. Our goal is to make the festival both incredibly fun and seriously meaningful for your career.

Who decides if I make the cut? If I don’t, I’ll be very sad.

Festival selections will be made by combined input from a panel made up of festival organizers, show bookers, and other carefully-chosen reviewers. We anticipate receiving many more applications from talented comedians who deserve to make the festival than we have space to accommodate. For that reason, please remember that comedy is ultimately subjective and not being chosen is in no way a negative judgment on your skill or potential as a comedian. Those who are not chosen will still have the opportunity to purchase a discounted festival pass to attend the programmed shows.

Where can I stay while I’m in town? Tell me where I can lay my weary head.

In the interest of including  as many comedians as possible, we are regretfully unable to provide accommodations to all who attend. However, you will be be able to book rooms for a heavily discounted rate at our partner hotel, located within easy walking distance of Wiseguys Comedy Club and other festival venues in Downtown SLC. Our partner hotel also provides shuttling services to and from the SLC airport. Details on booking will be sent to comics who are accepted to the festival.

At what venues will the shows be held? Nice places I hope. 

Festival headquarters will be at Wiseguys Comedy Club in Downtown SLC, Salt Lake City’s premier comedy club. Shows will be held there, throughout the festival, as well as at the other Wiseguys location on historic 25th St. in Downtown Ogden, UT. Other venues will be secured for additional shows as needed. We also might have some surprises in store, so stay tuned.