2016 Clean Comedy Challenge

The 2016 Clean Comedy Challenge!

2016 Winner is Todd Justice!


Awesome Celebrity Judges

Check them out here.

When and Where is the 2016 Clean Comedy Challenge?

  • July 20-22 is the competiton. July 23 there is an added show for selected individuals and is not Mandatory.
  • The shows each night will be at The Legendary Ice House Comedy Club in Pasedena, California.
  • HOTEL INFORMATION: Saga Hotel Pasadena. Ask for Melody for Clean Comedy Rate of 79$+ tax Double occupancy.
  • Super Shuttle $40 each way from LAX or Burbank a bit cheaper

What Does the Winner Get?

The title of 2016 Clean Comedy Challenge Winner, $750 Cash, and a ComedyTime.tv taping! Also gets to open the July 23rd Celebrity Show! Other top 3 finalists receive $100 cash. 

Each night a "Nightly Audience Favorite" will be crowned. This will be voted on by the audience in attendance and not the judges. (This has no bearing on the final outcome, but it is a fun way to compete on individual nights if a previous night didn't go so well for you!)


Also, OPTIONAL activities include: (and are subject to change)

July 19th - TBD - Conan Taping in Burbank @ 3:00pm.
July 23rd - TBD - Professional Show by Celebrity Judges (Contestants get free tickets.)

What Does Everyone Get?

  • Awesome face to face time with working professionals in the comedy industry.
  • Seminars in comedy writing taught be amazingly talented comedy writers.
  • Other comedy industry relevant seminars taught by the Celebrity Judges.
  • Valuable stage-time three nights in a row with professional critiques given privately to each contestant by comedian veterans.
  • 2 private, professional critiques delivered by the celebrity judges the day after your first two sets.
  • Finalists will be given an additional six minute set the night of the finals. (Everyone gets 3 sets, finalists get 4)
  • Networking opportunities that would literally cost thousands of dollars if setup by a manager or agent.
  • An experience that will forge life-long friendships with other comedians.
  • And much more!

How Much Stage Time Does Everyone Really Get?

The competition will be awesome each night. Every night (3) you will each get a short set in front of a live paying audiences that will each be judged and critiqued for you. (Length of this set will be determined after all the registrations are in.) Every night an audience vote will be taken to see who the individual night winner is. Each individual night winner will receive recognition and a medal. Then the competition will be narrowed down to the finalists (exact number subject to change) who will each get a chance to come back on stage for a longer set (6-10) additional minutes after the last night has finished.

In addition to the competition, there are open-mic nights every night for each contestant to participate in. These will not be part of the competition but have proven to be some of the most fun things of the Challenge experience. ONLY comics who are registered for the competition (not the auditors), can perform at all the open-mics.

What Did Contestants Say About The Challenge Last Year?

Who are the Celebrity Judges?

  • Leslie Norris Townsend (Runner-Up on Star Search and Appeared on the Tonight Show!)

  • Jimmy Brogan - 3 Tonight Show appearances as well as the former Tonight Show Booker

  • Mike Palascek - Top Five 2015 Last Comic Standing!

  • Nazareth - One of the Top Christian Comedians in the Country! Appeared on Comedy Central, CBS, NBC

  • Gerry Bednob - 40 Year Old Virgin, Other Movies, Opened for Joan Rivers and many Vegas stars!

  • Dennis Regan - 7 Lettermans and 5 Tonight Shows and a Challenge Favorite (He's been a judge before and the contestants love him!)

  • Suzy Soro - Seinfeld and Curb your Enthusiasm - Many Stand up appearances including Comedy Central

  • Dobie Maxwell - Comedy Teaching Icon, Craig Ferguson Appearance, Jimmy Kimmell Appearance

  • Bill Gorgo - Fantastic teacher of comedy (a Challenge Favorite!) and one of the inventors of the Chicago Style of Group Stand-Up Comedy!

  • Joby Saad - Thou Shalt Laugh, Bananas, Comedy Central, Country Music Television. He's the Village Idiot!

  • Jan Smith and Bob Fisher - Owners and Bookers of the legendary Ice House Comedy Club and Comedy.tv Bookers!

  • Read the Celebrity Guest Judges' full bios here.