Big Pine Comedy Festival

SEPTEMBER 16th – 19th, 2020 • FLAGSTAFF, AZ

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A little bit about what we do

Big Pine Comedy Festival, Inc. is an educational non-profit 501 c(3) organization, committed to enriching the arts community through the celebration of live art and art education. Big Pine Comedy Festival is dedicated to:

  • Stimulating a lifelong understanding and appreciation of the arts.
  • Increasing an interest in live art and comedy by featuring established entertainers and industry professionals, attracting larger audiences, encouraging up-and-coming young comedians, and providing one-of-a-kind networking opportunities.
  • Offering educational seminars, workshops and performance opportunities to the public, novice entertainers and students. Big Pine is also dedicated to providing internships to help Arizona students can gain valuable experience in creating, developing, and promoting artistic productions.

The involvement of generous, civic-minded businesses and individuals is vital to the success of this endeavor. Community participation and financial support enables Big Pine to reach wider audiences, equip new artists with tools and performance experience, and introduce the public to the beauty performance and live art. We invite you to get involved and make a considerable difference in the arts community. Big Pine offers opportunities in corporate sponsorships, business promotion and marketing opportunities, tax deductible donations, and volunteering. For any questions regarding Big Pine community involvement please contact us here.

In 2017, Big Pine Comedy Festival began providing intern opportunities to Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University students. Through the hard work of the Big Pine family, production team, volunteers, and interns Big Pine plans to come back bigger and better than ever each year.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the magic that is Big Pine Comedy Festival, please contact us here.

​We look forward to laughing with you!

What do others think?

Thoughts from festival performers at big pine 2018

I've been very fortunate to be a participant in some of the best comedy competitions and festivals in my comedy career and I can say without a doubt, The Big Pine Comedy Festival is one of the best festivals I've done. From the staff, to the talent, to the industry that is brought in, it is an amazing opportunity for any comedian, whether you're first starting out or a veteran, the connections made are invaluable. I can't recommend it enough.

"Big Irish" Jay Hollingsworth

To be honest, this festival and this weekend was one of the better times I’ve had just kickin’ it with super funny people on and off the stage. Every person on the Big Pine staff, THANK YOU so much for allowing me to be a part of this festival. You have something special with this festival and I just want to say thanks again for letting me experience it.

Frankie "Trixx" Agyemang

Last week at Big Pine was so dope! It was my first official out of state comedy festival I was selected to perform in, and I got to network with industry folks and funny ass comedians. There are many moments I wonder if all my hard work is even worth it, but then achievements like these happen and it pushes me to be better, to be funnier, and to be humble. Thank you Big Pine!

Shari Díaz

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On COVID-19...

Our team has been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and have been making every effort to design a safe and organized plan that will allow us to continue with our 2020 event. We have been working to implement social distancing guidelines into our 2020 fest, and plan to adhere to strict CDC guidelines. Some of these changes may include reduced occupancies and new seating arrangements where necessary. In addition, the use of face masks will be implemented by our festival and venue staff. We are fortunate that Big Pine is held in the state of Arizona, which appears to be headed towards a restricted version of normalcy. In addition to new guidlines, many of our Big Pine events and showcases are already held in historic, century old venues, which lend to smaller more intimate audience sizes.  Many of our attending industry has already reached out, and they are as anxious as you are to get back to festival life. As we approach September, our team will continue to re-evaluate festival guidelines and procedures based on the current COVID-19 standings at the time. The health and safety of our visiting performers, industry, and audiences are our highest concern. In the event that our 2020 fest needs to be postponed, all submitting performers will be automatically eligible and submitted for our 2021 event. We hope to laugh with you all again shortly.