Apply to the Countdown Improv Festival: Sept. 8-12, 2021

Thanks for your interest in the 2021 Countdown Improv Festival, the world’s only improv comedy festival exclusively for trio, duo, and solo performers.

This year’s festival will run from September 8-12, 2021, in Tampa, Florida. As of this writing, we expect that the festival will take place live and in person, though we will be hosting an evening’s worth of online-only performances on either Wednesday, September 8 or Sunday, September 12.

We will be accepting submissions from March 31 through May 31, and will inform all teams of our decisions by June 14. Submission prices are as follows: $30 from April 2-30, $35 from May 1-20, and $40 from May 21-31. All submission fees are used to offset festival production costs.

We will not begin reviewing submissions until the entire submission window is closed after May 31; still, we encourage you to save yourself a few bucks and submit early. Please note: All submission fees are non-refundable.

COVID-19 and the Countdown Improv Festival

After much thought, we have provisionally decided to hold the 2021 edition of the Countdown Improv Festival live and in person in Tampa, Florida. That said, we are prepared to pivot to an online festival on short notice if it becomes clear that it wouldn’t make sense to host an in-person festival. Our primary concern is the health and safety of all participants, and if we can’t safely host an in-person festival this year, then we just won’t do it.

For more on our thoughts and plans regarding COVID-19 and the 2021 festival, please read our extensive COVID-19 FAQ. Thank you for bearing with us as we navigate these waters, and stay safe.

Before completing this application form, please take a few minutes to review our submission guidelines, even if you have performed with us before. (A lot has changed since last we were able to gather in person! There is a lot of good information in these guidelines!) Thank you for your interest in the 2021 Countdown Improv Festival, and we look forward to reviewing your submission!

Please provide a full list of every cast member who will attend the Countdown Improv Festival, **including the contact person,** separating each name with a comma.
Please provide an e-mail address for every cast member who will attend the Countdown Improv Festival, **including the contact person,** separating each address with a comma.
This description is for internal use in evaluating submissions, and will not be circulated to the public.
Provide a link to a video of a full-length performance — no clips or highlight reels, please — that accurately reflects your current show format and troupe roster. If you don’t have a video, just write “None” in the above field. ***Note: Troupes with which we are unfamiliar that apply to the festival without a video will be disadvantaged in the evaluation process.***
PLEASE NOTE: We’ll be looking to program a suite of creative, original online shows that take full advantage of the Zoom medium.
Either answer is fine! We won’t judge you if you’d rather not perform on the second stage.
The guidelines are here: