Hot crowds, hot comics, hot fest!
— Mark Normand | 2015 + 2018 Headliner

Rogue Island Comedy Festival is now accepting submissions from comics!

The 2019 RICF takes place Thursday October 10-Monday October 14 in Newport, Rhode Island.


What we're looking for: As we enter the 5th year of our festival, we'd like to welcome some new talent to Newport! We're looking to create another diverse lineup of seasoned, original comics. Submission videos should be uncut, and at least five minutes long to be considered.

Rogue Island believes artists should be paid for their work. We pay each and every one of our comics. Payment amounts vary between hosting spots, regular showcase spots, and featured performers. Additionally, lodging is provided if you reside more than three hours away. We also feed you, beer you, and give you lots of fun goodies. Submission dollars are used to narrow the entries, ensure a high level of talent and commitment for all performers, assist with lodging costs, and support a diligent screening process by ensuring all videos are reviewed by members of the Rogue submission board. 

Rogue Island Comedy Festival is absolutely, 100% a non-competitive event. Every show is in a showcase format and produced to set you up for success before you’ve even grabbed the mic. The festival is designed not only to showcase your talent in front of open-minded audiences in intimate settings, but we also work to create spaces to network with your peers and guests. We want you to have the opportunity to perform, relax, network, and enjoy Newport, RI!

Please note that submission to this festival does not guarantee entry. Submission deadline is June 23, 2019, and selected performers will be notified by the end of June.