what it is
How It Works
The Great American Comedy Festival is held in Johnny Carson's hometown of Norfolk, NE as a tribute to Norfolk's son, Johnny Carson.
20 of the hottest comedians across the nation are invited to perform at the Great American Comedy Festival by our Creative Director, Eddie Brill.
The first 10 comedians will perform their set on Thursday Night's Show at Johnny Carson Theatre. Four finalists from that show will be selected to return for the Saturday Night Gala performance.
The second 10 will perform their set on Friday Night's Show at Johnny Carson Theatre. Four finalists from that show will also be selected to perform at the Saturday Night Gala performance.
Saturday the eight finalists selected on Thursday & Friday will perform once again with one being named the Winner of the Great American Comedy Festival. Browse through our past comedians and winners.
Thursday and Friday Night Late shows will be held at Divot's Conference Center. These shows will consist of 10 comedians per night. Those not performing at Johnny Carson Theatre at 7pm will perform at Divot's on that night. Click Here for schedule information when available.