Comedy Competition

Each spring Rooster T. Feathers is proud to host an Annual New Talent Comedy Competition.  It starts with a total pool of 144 amateur comedians. The audience votes for their favorites at each show, advancing them to the semifinals and finals, and ultimately picks the funniest local comedian. The top finalists compete for cash prizes and a week of paid emcee work at Roosters. All competition shows feature a professional emcee and headliner.

Sign ups start towards the end of each year, with the competition beginning in April. To sign up, email with the following information:
  • Subject Line: 2024 RTF Comedy Competition Submission
  • Full name
  • Stage name (if different)
  • Cell number
  • City where you live
  • First and second date choices for the preliminary round

2024 Prelim Dates: April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1, 8, 15, 22
Semi Dates will be: TBD
Finals: TBD


• This is an amateur comedy competition - if you make your living doing stand up or you're on the road working in clubs then you do not qualify.
• Participants must live within a 1-hour driving distance radius from Roosters. (Within: Golden Gate Bridge, to Concord, to Gilroy, to Santa Cruz area)

Past Winners


1st place

2nd place

3rd place

18th Annual (2023)

Benton Harshaw


Dara Kosberg / Kelsie Rae (Tied)

17th Annual (2019)

Brooke Heinichen

Arjun Banerjee / Marcus Mangham (Tied)

16th Annual (2018)

Hannah Evensen

Jeremy Talamantes

Geneva Rust-Orta / Ryan Goodcase (Tied)

15th Annual (2017)

Emily Catalano

Frankie Marcos

Caroline Doyle

14th Annual (2016)

Terrell "Big-T" Butler

Shannon Murphy

Marks Smalls

13th Annual (2015)

TJ Kelsall

Steve Poggi

Danny Allen / Joey Avery (Tied)

12th Annual (2014)

Kiry Shabazz

Mean Dave

Michael Montgomery

11th Annual (2013)

Matt Lieb

Torio VanGrol

Ori Zadok

10th Annual (2012)

Keon Polee

Susan Maletta

Raymond Santos

9th Annual (2011)

Shanti Charan

Nick Aragon

Duncan Riach

8th Annual (2010)

Red Scott

Joey Bragg / Dave Thomason (Tied)


7th Annual (2009)

Kabir Singh

Kevin Munroe

Rad Reyes

6th Annual (2008)

Sammy Obeid

Keil Kennedy

Mike Lemcke

5th Annual (2007)

Mari Esther Kaplan

Marty Grimes

Hasan Minhaj

4th Annual (2006)

David van Avermaete

Sam Bamm

Ali Mafi / Debbie Campo (Tied)

3rd Annual (2005)

Michael Slack

Jen Kober

Dave McRea

2nd Annual (2004)

Mike E. Winfield

Jimmy Gunn

Dan Anic

1st Annual (2003)

Reggie Steele

Tim Babb

George Corrigan







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