Youth ages 9 to 18


A youth stand-up comedy competition hosted by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

The prize for the top three performers is a scholarship and transportation to Parks & Rec’s Young Performers Theatre Camp. The camp runs from July 1-August 9, 2019 at the University of Pennsylvania campus in West Philadelphia. Prize winners can select whether to be a musical theater or dance major.

One grand prize winner will also be selected to open for an international musical performer at the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park.

Where and When

All comedy auditions are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If necessary, a final will be held on Tuesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. (location to be determined).


Contestants must be registered by their parent/guardian at their audition. Please arrive before 7 p.m.

  • Competitors should prepare a three-minute stand-up audition.
  • All comedy must be G-rated.
  • Only solo acts and props are permitted.
  • Professional comedians will judge performances and select the finalists. The decision of the judges is final.
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