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 February/March. To sign up, email with the following information:
  • Subject Line: 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

2023 Prelim Dates: March 29, April 5, April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, or May 17
Semi Dates will be: May 24, 31 & June 7th
Finals: June 14, 2023

• 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 be from the San Francisco/San Jose/Bay Area (2.5-hour radius of Sunnyvale please) to qualify.
• If you can't make it to at least one of the Prelims dates, one of the Semis dates and the Finals - PLEASE DON'T SIGN UP.
• Please note - we get a BUNCH of signups fast so all I will do is sign you up for your date. I will send an email out in a couple weeks with a schedule of EVERYONE so far. It's not useful to send them individually at this point. Thanks for understanding. IF you don't hear back from me with a confirmation by February 28th - email me again.

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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