• Late Comedy Showdown

    Since its inception in 2007, Late Comedy Showdown has grown into one of our most popular late night events.

What is Late Comedy Showdown?

After making it through the tryouts, finalists compete in three rounds to determine the winner in a battle of comedic wits!

See Schedule (when available)

How it Works:

  1. The contestants will be divided into two groups.
  2. One person will be chosen from each group to be in the finals determined by audience reaction.
  3. Each finalists will be given a topic and will do a stand-up routine on the subject with limited prep time.
  4. The winner will be selected by audience reaction.

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Prize: The Late Comedy Showdown Winner will receive the LCS 2018 “I’m Funnier Than You” Trophy, an AX 2019 Badge, and a special invitation to be an LCS 2019 Judge!”

Registration Details 

Those looking to compete will be split into two categories “Pre-Reg” and “walk-in”. Only those who have signed up using our online signup sheet will be considered pre-reg.All competitors must register at our registration desk during the event before auditioning. At the time of Registration you will be given a number. All entries will be called up in numerical order starting with the pre-registered entries. Pre-Reg sign ups will end once we receive 15 entries which are determined on a first come first serve basis. All entries signs up taken after the initial 15 will not be registered. If you miss this window and you wish to audition then you must register during the event.”

How to Participate

  • Sign-up and try-out on site (Be early!)

    Sign up for the Late Comedy Showdown tryouts is on a first-come, first-serve in basis. Please check out the schedule (when available) for information.

    Sign-Ups TBA

    Note: Get an 18+ wristband beforehand.

    Entry to any and all 18+ rated content requires an 18+ Wristband. 18+ Wristbands can be obtained from an Info Services booth or Event Ops (room 508). You must present a valid form of ID (i.e. driver's license, passport, state/military ID) to obtain a wristband.

  • Listen to Game Show Staff Volunteers

    Help things run smoothly and on time by following the procedures and directions provided by the Late Comedy Showdown production team.

  • Have fun!

    Game Shows are all about the attendees. So come on down and have fun!

  • Total audition time is 2 minutes and 30 seconds.With a grace period granted for the competitor to finish their last joke.
  • For the sake of time and maximizing audition counts, LCS Judges reserve the right to cut any audition short if they feel the need arises.
  • All entries must be present by the time they are called. Failure to respond will result in your entry being forfeit.
  • Exchanging your number with another competitor is not allowed. Doing so will result in the disqualification of both parties.
  • The use of external media such as background music or musical performances is prohibited during both the LCS auditions and the main show
  • Final results on who was selected to perform at the Late Comedy Showdown will be announced at the end of the auditions. All finalists must be present in order to confirm their entry. No one else can accept these slots on their behalf.
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