Grand prize is $1000, with nightly cash prizes through the duration of the competition
The Toronto Comedy Brawl is open to all new and developing comedians, and is designed to be a warm & fun developmental showcase series for new performers and comics working towards building their careers.
First timers are welcome and encouraged
To sign up for the Comedy Brawl, simply fill out the form below with your name and an email address where we can contact you
No videos are required, & more Frequently Asked Questions are included below the sign up form
2018 will be our 10th year of the Toronto Comedy Brawl!
The 2017 Toronto Comedy Brawl featured more than 400 comedians, with 130 performers who identify as women (both are new records!)
Once entries are closed on March 8th, we’ll compile all the names, build the schedule, and announce the lineups.
If there are any questions or problems, contact ComedyBrawl@Gmail.Com
We’re excited to say that 3 former Comedy Brawl champions have gone on to win the Just For Laughs Homegrown Comic Competition including K Trevor Wilson (2010 & 2011), DJ Demers (2013), & Nigel Grinstead (2014)
Past Champions: Ian Lynch, Bobby Knauff, Adrian Cronk, Foad HP, & 2017’s champion Kate Barron
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the prizes?
There is a $1000 Grand Prize on the final night, and nightly cash prizes of $30 (Gauntlet Qualifying Round) & $50 (all other shows)
How are winners chosen?
The winners on each show are selected by written audience ballots.
Each paying audience member uses their written ballot to choose their 3 favorite performers. (1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place)
They must choose 3 different performers or their ballot is disqualified
How long are sets?
5 minutes each in the opening Gauntlet round, 6 minutes on all subsequent shows
Can comedians repeat material?
Yes. Brawlers are not required to perform new material on every show
How many comics per show?
Between 7-9 per show plus a host and a closing act
Where are the shows happening?
We’re finalizing our negotiations, but most likely at The Fox and Fiddle at Wellesley & Yonge
The quarter finals & semi finals will be at Comedy Bar, with the finals taking place at 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture & Media
How much are tickets?
Tickets are $5 in the preliminary rounds
Is there an entrance fee?
Nope. The Comedy Brawl is free to enter
When does it start?
The schedule for Comedy Brawl is as follows
Gauntlet Round – Late March through the end of May
Round 2 – June through the end of July
with the Quarterfinals, Semi Finals, and Finals to follow