The definitive guide to comedy festivals for 2016

By Sean L. McCarthy, The Comic's Comic

n the past couple of years, the festival idea has spread so far and fast that multiple cities compete for the top talent. One spring weekend saw Austin, Grand Rapids and Toronto all hosting comedy fests; on another, Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando and Vienna. With another week left in 2015, already several cities and festivals have announced their lineups for 2016, while several others have a Jan. 1 deadline for comedians to submit application fees if you want to celebrate in Atlanta, Omaha or Denver.

Let's take a look at the current comedy festival and contest landscape and see what's shaking for 2016. They're arranged here by date. If your festival is missing from the list, please make a note of it in the comments so everyone else knows and I can amend the calendar accordingly.