San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Competition

Week two of the 44th annual San Francisco Stand-Up Comedy Competition brings 15 comedians to Foothills Event Center on Friday the 13th of September.  Now in its 44th year, the month-long elimination style comedy competition remains one of the premiere comedy festivals for emerging talent. 

No other festival or TV show can claim to have discovered as many future comedy superstars as the annual San Francisco Comedy Competition. The list begins with the likes of Dana Carvey, Ellen DeGeneres and Robin Williams.

This is a judged contest. Each contestant will perform for a unique group of judges for every show they do. Judges score each contestant in seven categories.

Contestants perform 3-7 minute long sets in one of two preliminary weeks. The top five from each preliminary week will meet in the semi-finals week, which requires them to perform 8-12 minute long sets for another six shows. The top five from the semi-finals move on to the finals. In the finals, they will perform 12-15 minute long sets in five more shows…and, a winner is crowned.

Steph Garcia is one of the comedians who will be competing at the show.

On Friday, September 13th, 15 comics compete for just five chances to advance to the Semifinals.  See them compete live at Foothills Event Center in Grass Valley. General admission and premium box seats are available online at and at The Center for the Arts box office located at 998 Plaza Drive in Grass Valley. This year’s competitors will be announced on September 5th.    

Content and photos submitted by Melissa Clark, Center for the Arts.