Thanks for your interest in performing at the 2016 Limestone Comedy Festival. Please, read this entire page before submitting and/or emailing us questions that might be answered below.

Those selected will perform twice during the festival, will be listed in the program, on the poster and website, and will receive an Artist badge allowing them access to all festival shows, official after parties, an artist/industry luncheon and an artist/VVIIPP Badge Holder brunch. You will not receive monetary compensation for performing at the festival, but you will get to do shows with cool headliners, network with your peers and industry, and have a good time.

Both shows that the comics selected perform will be shows opening up for the festival headliners. 2016 headliners to be announced via our Leak of the Week program beginning the first full week of January. If you're reading this after January 1st pop over to the Performers page to see who we've announced so far. Previous headliners have included people like Janeane Garofalo, Kyle Kinane, Michael Che, Patton Oswalt, Jimmy Pardo, The Legendary Emo Philips, Tig Notaro, Maria Bamford, Pete Holmes and Doug Benson among others.

Attending industry will include representatives from Funny Business Agency, The Comedy Attic, The Knitting Factory, Morty's Comedy Joint, The Laughing Derby, Wiley's Comedy Joint, Nat Bookings & Promotions, Sweet Wine Productions, Arch City Comedy Festival, On Tour Records and more. Here's what some of our visiting industry have to say about the festival.

"Everyone who is selected for and performs at the festival is officially passed to work at the Comedy Attic." - Jared Thompson, The Comedy Attic.

"Limestone is a festival I look forward to attending every year. The talent is always great and it’s evident that the organizers put a lot of time and energy into taking care of the comics, industry and everyone who attends a show and supports the festival. The venues, the town, and all the events outside of the actual shows make this one of my all-around favorite fests." - Jamison Yoder, Funny Business.

"You know when you go to The Limestone Comedy Festival that its going to be loaded with nothing but hilarious comedians that have an original voice. The selection committee obviously has a high threshold for originality and it shows. That's why I think its one of the best events in the country for coming to see new and upcoming talent." - Todd McComas, Morty's/Wiley's/Laughing Derby

"I was thrilled to be a part of Limestone Fest last year. Jared and Mat have a built a great vibe in Bloomington with this Festival and The Comedy Attic. The lineups, venues and audiences were all so much fun and a great reflection of what we all love about comedy." - Becky Astphan, Sweet Wine Productions

"It's not only a fun weekend for our team, but an opportunity to scout out new talent as the line up is diverse and brings comedians in from around the country. As a production and booking company, we value a well crafted and organized festival where venues are in close proximity, which allows us to see the majority of performances. Submission clips to our company are certainly encouraged and reviewed, however seeing a comedian in action really gives us a better idea on whether they would be ideal for a produced or booked show we manage." - Natalie Heflin, NAT Productions - Bookings & Promotions

Submissions open January 1st and will be $25 until 11:59pm EST February 14th. After that the fee is $40 until submissions close at 11:59pm EST March 13th. Everyone who submits will be notified as to whether or not they were selected on April 1st.