Submissions: Now until May 3rd

Line Up: May 6th

Festival (Watch on Xerb.tv): May 8th to May 22nd

Fireball Friday (Live Pro Show): May 8th @ 9 pm

Sunday Funnies (Live Pro Show): May 10th @ 8 pm

Festival 2nd Chance Show: May 14th @ 7 pm

Comedy Post Covid Seminar: May 17th @ 3 pm

Sunday Funnies (Live Pro Show): May 17th @ 8 pm

Comedy Theater Reading: May 21st @ 8 pm
Laffs and Pays – Get Tickets Here

Tales & Short Stores (Live on StageIt): June 5 @ 8:30 pm

Awards: May 25th

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Festival Information


Comics from around the world share their talents for a celebration of laughter, hope, and community during this global crisis.

NYUCF delivers two weeks of non-stop videos, industry workshops, and livestream events. We’re here to raise your spirits, raise money for essential causes, lower your stress levels, and probably your standards.


We Are Seeking – All Things Comedy!!

Stand-Up Comics
Improv Groups
Sketch Comics
Short Comedy Films (Up to 15 minutes)
Original Music/Comedy Artists.
Funny Story Tellers.
Comedy Burlesque Performers.


7 Award Catagories

Best of the Fest
Best New Comic (Under 3 years experience)
The Watch List (5 artists we think you need to see again)
Best Improv Group
Best Sketch Comedy
Best Comedy Short.
Best “Made in Quarantine”


Plain and Simple

Check out the Events and Seminars!


Send a tape of no longer than 15 minutes submissions@nyundergroundcomedy.com

You should own all rights to the film (Don’t send in a TV spot.) Please note: This is the set that will be put on line for the festival!!!

For the “Made in Quarantine” section, please make it something you made during the crisis, but it observes proper social distancing rules.

Submit right now, until May 3rd.

And check back to this site May 6th for the show line up and show website!

Events & Line-Up

Fireball Friday - Live Event May 8th 9pm

Lori Sommer

Deena Baikowitz

Ray Ellin

Anita Wise

Jim Mendrinos

Leighann Lord

Sunday Funnies - Live Event May 10th 8pm

MC Jim Mendrinos

Marjani Jones

Dave Jenkins

Meghan Patenaude

Alli Fowler

Frank Vignola

Festival 2nd Chance Show - Live Event May 14th 7pm

MC John G

15 Great Comics

Sunday Funnies - Live Event May 17th 3pm

Jim Mendrinos – Moderator

Deena Baikowitz – Strategic Branding & Networking

Drew Tarvin – Emerging Possibilities W/New Tech

Leighann Lord – Expanding Your Brand

Carole Montgomery – The Future of Touring & TV

Al Martin – The State of Clubs & Live Events

Sunday Funnies - Live Event May 17th 8pm

MC John G

Jim Mendrinos

Lara Birrell

Joey Novic

Alli Fowler

Lori Sommer

Laffs & Plays Reading - Live Event May 22nd 8:30 pm

Benny Benowitz 
Jim Mendrinos
Robert T Cunniff
Lara Starr Rigores
Amanda Nicholas
Leighann Lord
Genia Starcev
Diana Cherkas
Joe Esbenshade
Dave Jenkins
Jordan Paige
Fariaz Rabbani

NY Underground Comedy Festival - Event 1

Tracie Janye – Tracie Jayne Stand-Up Comedy
Ethan Feldman – Ethan Feldman at Broadway Comedy Club
Amanda Van Nostrand – Moms on the Go: Pandemic
Emily Duke – Garbage People Dance
Adam Gabel – Adam Gabel at The Casino Queen
Reuben Wolf – Reuben Wolf NY Underground Comedy Festival
David Bergman – Dave Bergman Live from the Comedy Cellar!
Denny Daniel – Scrappy animation early 1900’s Railroad Fun
New Media Comedy – Gay Drive In
Brian Scolaro – TALK
New Media Comedy – Living in Exile EP1
Judy Ortiz & Melissa Surach – How Will This End?
Swathi.A.K – Comedy Debut
Mike Provenzano – Quarantine Island
Fran Capo – A World Record Mindset
Janette Barber – Daily Woodie

NY Underground Comedy Festival - Event 2

Ariel Evans – The Stand – NYC
Alyssa Briddes – Work Sweater
Patrick Reidy – An Actor Prepares
Avi Naiman – Relationships
Alia Janine – The Quarantine Hero
Rebecca Kaplan – Tik Tok Parody
John Franklin – John Franklin’s Quarantine Six Minute Stand-up
John Franklin – MasterClass Ad Gone Wrong
John Franklin – Quarantine Thoughts with John Franklin
Lara Starr Rigores – Lara in NYC bloopers
Robert Cunniff – A Quiet Space
New Media Comedy – Manhattan Love Story
JohnG – JohnG Livin Large
Dick Colligan – Dick Colligan NYUCF 2020
Brett Singer – Brett Singer at the Comic strip

NY Underground Comedy Festival - Event 3

Shaun Eli – Stand-up comedian Shaun Eli at the Emelin Theatre
Liz Days – Letters from Janet – Covid-19 Birthday
Carlos Gasperi – Live at The Stand
Joe Zito – True Stories by Joe
Joe Zito – The Escape Room
David Jenkins – Guns, Parents, & Diva Cups
Maia Akiva – Confessions of a Butch Woman
Robert Cunniff – Clowning Around
Benny Benowitz – The Pain, The Park and Other Things
Meghan O’Malley – The Water Challenge
Nick Carter – Nick Carter @ Broadway Comedy Club
Lonni Delane – Is This What You Like
Lonni Delane – Bum of  Year
Jay Frank – I hate Lines

NY Underground Comedy Festival - Event 4

Wesley Williams – Wesley Williams
Jenna Ghidaleson – Tribute to Coronavirus
Frankie Becerra – Frankie Becerra Live
Lana Siebel – Lana Siebel Comedian
Meg Patenaude – Meg Patenaude NY Underground Comedy Festival
Luz Michelle – Luz Michelle, Stand-Up
JohnG – COMEDY COMFESSIONS with Revered John Jameson
JohnG – Snow Blind
Andrew Nielson – 36 Questions
Andrew Nielson – From The Heart
Andrew Nielson – Happy Birthday, Matilda
Andrew Nielson – Help, I Hate My Family!
Leighann Lord – Leighann Lord @Broadway Comedy Club

NY Underground Comedy Festival - Event 5

Zarna Garg – Zarna Garg at Gotham Comedy Club
Dave Sheehan – Stand-up from Dave Sheehan
Carly Montag – Carly Montag Stand Up
Justin Shaw – Justin Shaw Made In Quarantine Comedy Segment
Zilla Vodnas – Zilla Vodnas Bluebird Brooklyn
Josh Hyman – Alexa, Is He Cheating?
Josh Hyman – Beard Court
Josh Hyman – Cheetos, Baby!
Josh Hyman – Joey Boxa Thong
Carole Montgomery – Carole Montgomery at the Friars Club
Andreas Loizou – Andreas Loizou Turnpike Comedy Festival
Trevor Glassman – Trevor Glassman Stand-Up Comedy
Crenshaw – Crenshaw at Broadway Comedy Club

NY Underground Comedy Festival - Event 6

Rachel Green – Rachel Green at Broadway Comedy Club
Taylor Bernstein – Comedy Songs
James Mac – James Mac New York Comedy Club
Nick Carter – Nick Carter @ Broadway Comedy Club
Michelle Slonim & Ben Rosenfeld – Love In The Time of Corona
Lindsey Barnes – Lindsey Barnes
Jim Mendrinos– Jim Mendrinos Not Dead Yet clip
Mike Langan – Mike Langan Turnpike Comedy Festival
Ralph Anthony – Ralph Anthony – I’m an Only Child
John Brecko – #Quarantine Life
Adam Muller – Adam Muller at Laugh Boston
Ann Van Epps – Standup Set at Branded Saloon
Fran Capo – Jack and the Beanstalk
Gina Nicole Brown – Gina Nicole Brown at the NY Comedy Club

NY Underground Comedy Festival - Event 7

Elizabeth Cheviot – Tupperware
Elizabeth Cheviot – @localstargazer360
Elizabeth Cheviot – Gemini Twins?
Elizabeth Cheviot – Paper Straws
Elizabeth Cheviot – Karma w/ CARMA
Elizabeth Cheviot – Crystals w/ @mrbarneybeans
Megan Patenaude – Megan Patenaude Turnpike Comedy Festival
Shamira Clark – …And Zammy
Kevin Brady – NY Underground Comedy Festival 2020
Kevin Brady – I’ll Bemoan for Christmas
Kevin Brady – Wednesday Earlier Shows are the Best
Elle Garcia – Rona Checks
Kevin Bartini – Me and Me

NY Underground Comedy Festival - Event 8

Tania Lewis – Tania Lewis Live @Caroline’s on Broadway
Nicholas Garofolo  – Raw Sewage
Nicholas Garofolo  – Big Tony: A Mafia Story
Anthony Villiotti – Anthony Villiotti Standup Set
Julianna Maher – Julianna Maher @ The Knitting Factory
Sean Reidy – Greatest Fear
Sean Reidy – Classic Jen
Sean Reidy – Now Hiring: Angus Winter
Sean Reidy – Meet Buck Abernathy
Brian Scolaro – HITMAN
New Media Comedy – Profiles Please EP1
Valerie Paschall – Valerie Paschall @ Drafthouse Comedy
Jula Branda – Jula Branda Performs at the PIT

NY Underground Comedy Festival - Event 9

New Media Comedy – Gail’s New Boyfriend

The Festival Begins!