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Submit before 5/10/2019!

Late applications will not be accepted!

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Limited space is available. We'll be reviewing all submissions and contacting those selected for the festival after 6/5/2019!


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This year’s Bentwood Festival takes place from Wed, Aug 7th to Sun, Aug 11, 2019, at Chicago’s famous iO Theater! The application fee is $35. This submission form will be open until May 10th, and applicants will be informed shortly afterward if they’ve been accepted.

For more information on the festival, please visit

iO’s Bentwood Comedy Festival is a space for all comedy and all comedians in the birthplace of long-form and the home of some of the best live comedy the country has to offer: Chicago, IL. We are looking for long form, short form, musical improv, sketch, stand-up, and specialty shows to create a powerhouse festival with a little bit of everything for every type of audience.

Bentwood Performers get a chance to meet performers from all around the country and you’ll be the first to hear about our daily workshops with festival headliners and some amazing iO teachers.

We can’t wait to see you.

**iO is an ADA accessible space.

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