Now in its second year, The Laughing Devil Comedy Festival seeks to honor and reward the artists that most personify The Art of Comedy.
The brainchild of Marshall Chiles and Steve Hofstetter, the Laughing Devil Comedy Festival features a star-studded kick off, and a 60-comedian first round followed by four semi-final, quarter-final, and finals shows. Comedy industry from all over the US and Canada will participate to help find, expose, and give work to some of today's top emerging comedians.
In the first round, 60 compete (30 per show, performing 2 minutes each) and just 8 move on (4 from each show) to join the 40 already selected for the quarter-finals.
48 comedians compete in the quarter-finals. 4 shows of 12 comedians per show, each performing 5 minutes. 4 from each show move on.
8 comedians compete in the semi-finals, and 8 compete in the wild card. Each comedian performs 8 minutes. 4 move on from the semi-finals and 3 move on from the wild card.
The finals pits the final 7 comedians against each other performing 10 minutes each.
Winners receive cash, prizes, and work from comedy clubs, agents, and partner festivals. The festival also has great events like our annual Poker Tournament, post parties, and our very unique roof party.
A portion of all proceeds go to the Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation to help build a drug recovery facility called Lenny's House: a place to get healthy mentally, physically and emotionally while learning life skills to be better prepared for reentry into a sober world. You can see the official Lenny Bruce website at lennybruceofficial.com. If you would like to donate to Lenny's House, we encourage it.
We look forward to seeing you in Long Island City!