Thursday, February 19, 2009

SketchfestNYC 2009 Accepting Applications

This is from Alexander Zalben, longtime friend to

SketchFest NYC is pleased to announce that applications for New York City’s fifth annual international sketch comedy festival are now available online at The Festival will run June 11-13, 2009; at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre; 307 West 26th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

The line-up of performances celebrating the Festival’s fifth anniversary will be announced in the upcoming months.

The last four years of the Festival have been a huge success, featuring over seventy-five different sketch comedy groups from across North America, sold-out shows, standing ovations, and industry attendance from ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, HBO, MTV, VH1, Fuse, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land/Nick at Nite, Discovery Channel, Just For Laughs, Miramax, Tribeca Films, William Morris, ICM and many more.

Since 1999, SketchFests have been popping up all over the country. Along with the original festival in Seattle, annual SketchFests are held in Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles, Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto.

As with other SketchFests, SketchFest NYC is dedicated to promoting the art of sketch comedy. Sketch comedy, which is different from improv and stand-up, consists of short written scenes, rehearsed beforehand, usually presented by a group of people that can range in size from one to twenty. In recent years, the definition has expanded to include the explosion of comedy groups creating short films, and distributing them online. SketchFest NYC is once again proud to welcome applications from video-only sketch comedy groups.

The early application deadline is March 15th. The deadline for late applications is March 27th. For the second year in a row, we will also be holding Live Applications, February 21st, 2009 to allow younger groups without a demo tape based in New York the opportunity to audition for the Festival. Applications and info are available online at

Sponsorship Opportunities are also now available for the 2009 Festival. If interested, please contact us at, with “Sponsor” in the subject line. Past sponsors include: Lifetime, American Airlines, 23/6, Crackle, The Sound of Young America, The Onion, Very Short List, Red Bull, New York Press, Animal Planet, and many more.

SketchFest NYC is produced by Alexander Zalben, with Shayna Ferm, Kimmy Gatewood, Alex Goldberg, Jason Kalter, Chris O’Connor, Jon Pack, Nate Sloan, and Marni Zalben. For more information, please visit the festival website at

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