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Jukebox Comedy Club, Peoria, IL

September 3, 2022 8:00 pm Jukebox Comedy Club, Peoria, IL

21st Annual Jukebox Comedy Club Tournament Details and Sign Up!

We are READY to bring you one of the best amateur comedy tournaments in the country!  Here are the
rules and how to enter our 21st annual tourney! 
 Who can enter: Amateurs Only!  If you get semi-regular or consistent paid gigs, this tournament isn’t for YOU.

 Preliminary Rounds:

  • Each entrant will perform in ONE preliminary round
  • Preliminary rounds will be the SIX Thursdays between July 28th and September 1st of 2022
  • Showtime will be 8 p.m.  Doors will open at 7 p.m.  Arrive as EARLY as possible after 7 p.m.
  • The top scores from each preliminary round will advance to one of the 2 semi-final rounds on Friday, Sept. 2nd
  • Preliminary round contestants must perform a set that is between 4 and 6 minutes
  • Audience tickets will be $5 and available on our website.

Semi-Final Rounds:

  • Will be held on Friday, Sept. 2nd at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.
  • The top 5 scores from each semi-final round will advance to the finals on Saturday, Sept. 3rd
  • Semi-final contestants must perform a set that is between 6 and 8 minutes. 
  • Audience tickets will be $10 and available on our website.

 The Final Round:

  • Will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3rd at 8 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m.
  • Finals contestants must perform a set that is between 8 and 10 minutes.  
  • Audience tickets will be $15 and available on our website.
 ENTRY FEE:     $20 and must be pre-paid.
*If you are unable to pre-pay online, please choose the pay with cash option and make arrangements immediately with Dan for in-person payment.
Judges will be past tourney champions and finalists and various “super fans.”   They will score each round of the tournament
based on audience response, stage presence, originality, and overall comedy-writing abilities. 
  • In the preliminary rounds, audience response will make up 50% of the score.
  • In the semi-finals and finals, audience response will make up 25% of the score
  • 95% of the entry fees will be paid back to the finalists. Final amount will be based on the number of entrants.
  • The top 5 in the finals will also receive a 10-minute guest set on a mutually-agreed-upon show before year’s end
There will be a maximum of 60 entries. Be sure to secure your spot ASAP!   Once entries have been completed, preliminary
round line-ups will begin being posted in the Central Illinois Comics page on Facebook and on our website under the date of
performance. If the field is not full, we will continue taking entries even after the tournament starts.
For additional questions, please contact Dan at
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If this show is not sold out, tickets can be purchased online up to one hour before the start of the event. Please call (309) 673-5853 to verify availability and purchase tickets within one hour of the start of the show.

All sales are final, tickets are non-refundable.
If your plans change and you are unable to attend the show your reserved for, please let us know. When possible, we will provide a 30-day ticket credit for an upcoming non-special event show for cancellations made 3 or more hours in advance of your showtime by emailing us at If you would like to transfer your tickets to a different name, let us know by calling (309) 673-5853.