The Turnpike Comedy Festival

The Details

September 23 – 24, 2020 at Central Park Lounge in Roselle, NJ and Tierney’s Tavern in Monclair, NJ.

The festival will present 2 nights of comedy, 2 shows, Featuring top talent and rising stars.

20 spots are open for performers. All 20 performers will be recorded to be broadcast via a festival special on streaming platforms. 90 days after the release of the special the performers will receive a copy of their performance.
All performers selected must make themselves available for an in-studio interview – Tuesday, September 21st in Colonia, NJ.

All performers will get 2 complimentary guest tickets to the show (drink minimum still applies). In addition all selected performers will receive a friends and family ticket code to reduce the ticket prives for their guests on an “as available” basis.

The show is open to stand up comics, Impravisors, and sketch comedy performers.

One performer will be named “Best of the fest” and will receive the opportunity to have a 30-minute broadcast special recorded in September at the same venue.

Additional prizes will be announced, check back often.

The contest is open to anyone who has not filmed a special for Netflix, HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, or the BBC.



Submissions Extended and Currently Open Now through August 31st

Early Submission: Through June 30th                              $20
(Use Coupon Code – EARLY)
Standard Submission: Through July 31st                          $30
Procrastination Submission: Through August 31st         $50
The 20 selected comics will be announced on September 7th

A Turnpike Comedy Festival Account must be created to submit. Selections are at the sole discretion of the festival; all submissions are final and non-refundable. If you are selected and your status changes between selection and the contest, the festival producers reserve the right to remove you from the spot. All decisions of the producers are final. If selected all housing and transportation will be the sole responsibility of the artist.

During Checkout Process make sure you add a link to your video in the “Order Notes” box under the “Additional Information” section. Video should be 8 to 15 minutes long on YouTube or Vimeo only.

The Audience

What would a Great Festival be without a Great Audience!! Get you tickets and join the Fun!!