Comedy Showcase

est. 2010

The Road to NYC was introduced in 2010 by Actor/Comedian Kenan Thompson and Executive Producer Cherie Chiles-Buchanan. They want to help comedians get to the next level by providing the ultimate comedy experience to the some comedians, in hopes of discovering the next big star! 

The Showcase

 

Laughter is good for the soul. The best stand-up comedians in country will audition for the title “Funniest Comic in America”

This innovative comedy showcase for emerging comedians is designed to provide up and coming comics with a platform to present their talents. These comics will showcase their talent at various comedy clubs across the country for an opportunity of a lifetime – to hang out with NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kenan Thompson, attend a live taping of “SNL,” a booked performance at a premier comedy club in New York City, airfare, hotel and other great prizes.

Come out to a show in a city near you and support the most talented stand-up comedians as they go after the opportunity of a lifetime. These showcases are a MUST SEE!

Audition Showcase

 

FIRST AUDITION | City Showcase

  • Each of the 45+ major cities will have one or more showcases.
  • The comedians will perform their best 3 min set to prove who‘s ready to take it to the top!
  • Our scouts will watch the showcases and choose some comedians to represent their home city in the state-wide audition showcase.

SECOND AUDITION | State Showcase

  • Each of the US states will have a second round of an audition to find the “Funniest Comic of (STATE)”
  • The scouts will watch those showcases and some comedian(s) will receive a spot at the finale in NYC to represent their home state in the national showcase.

FINALE | New York City Showcase

  • The chosen comedians from the state level audition will perform with the other top comedians to chosen by Kenan Thompson as the “Funniest Comic in America” and other amazing opportunities.

The Prizes

 

First Audition | City Audition:

  • 2-4 Comedians will receive a spot in the state level audition.

Second Audition | State Audition:

  • Our favorite:
    • Receive the title “Funniest Comic in (STATE)”
    • Spot in the Finale showcase on Broadway in NYC
    • Show your skills in front of network executives in NYC.
    • Paid comedy tour opportunities
    • Round trip tickets to NYC
    • Hotel stay in NYC
    • Video Audition for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”
    • Cash and other prizes
  • Our Second Favorite:
    • Stand-by spot in the Finale Showcase
    • Video Audition for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live”
    • Cash and other prizes

Finale In NYC | National Finale Showcase:

  • Our Favorite
    • Receive the title “Funniest Comic in America”
    • Tickets to see NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and meet the cast
    • Meet with the network executives and talent scouts
    • National TV show and movie role opportunities
    • National comedy tour opportunities
    • Cash and other amazing prizes
  • Our Second Favorite
    • Receive the title “Funniest Comic in America Runner-Up”
    • Tickets to see NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and meet the cast
    • Meet with the network executives and talent scouts
    • National comedy tour opportunities
    • Cash and other amazing prizes
  • The Other Finalist
    • Receive the title “Funniest Comic in America Finalist”
    • Perform in front of network executives and talent scouts

For a good Cause

 

A portion of the proceeds from the Ultimate Comedy Experience will go to the Cristian Rivera Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to find a cure for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a rare pediatric brain tumor that claims the lives of 200-300 children a year. Come out and support rising comedians while helping a great cause!

Showcase Details

Must be over 18 years old be in this showcase

Free for comedians

Comics have 3 minutes of stage time to win over the audience.

About the LIVE SHOWS

Our showcase will go to over 45 cities all across globe

We have chosen the best comedy clubs in the country to host these LIVE events

All of these events will have have tickets for sale and full house of audience members

How to win

Impress the Celebrities, Scouts, and Agents in the LIVE audience

Be the funniest comedian on the show, because the LIVE audience will be voting at the end of each show

Another chance to go to NYC is have a comedy routine that the online voters choose as the funniest comic

Videos and Clips

PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS

12th Season

Adult Comedy Showcase
Finalist 2020-2021

 

Frankie Trixx

Frankie Trixx

"Funniest Comic in America"

Vegas, NV
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CJ STARR

CJ Starr

Dallas, TX
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Lace Larrabee

Lace Larrabee

Atlanta, GA
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Josiah B Jones

Josiah B Jones

Detroit, MI
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Funnyass Tiera

Tiera O'leary (FunnyAss Tiera)

Chicago, IL
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Christian Johnson

Christian Johnson

Charlotte, NC
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Buda The Comedian

Buda The Comedian

Atlantic City, NJ
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Jan Madden

Somewhere, USA

Bryan Torresdey

Bryan Torresdey

New York, NY
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Fudge

F.U.D.G.E. Da Comedian

Long Island, NY
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Fenelon Guillaume

Fenelon Guillaume

New York, NY
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11th Season

Adult Comedy Showcase
Finalist 2020-2021

 

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World Wide

10th Season

Adult Comedy Showcase
Finalist 2019-2020

 

Finalist

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Finalist

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9th Season

Adult Comedy Showcase
Finalist 2019-2019

 

Finalist

Unknown City

Finalist

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8th Season

Adult Comedy Showcase
Finalist 2017-2018

 

Finalist

Unknown City

Finalist

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