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Audition for the 2nd annual Loons on the Lake Comedy Competition where one comedian will walk home with




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June 5th - June 8th 2024
Between 5PM & 10PM



40 applicants will be selected to compete in a three round, single-elimination tournament hosted by Randy Lubas and judged by a panel of Entertainment Industry professionals. Comics will be evaluated on a scale of 1-10 for material, stage presence, and audience reaction with maximum score of 30. 


Round 1

June 5th - June 6th


Forty comics will be selected from the pool of applicants to perform 8 minutes of material in one of five heats.

Round 2

June 7th


Ten semi-finalists will perform an additional 8 minutes of new material on Friday, June 7th.

Round 3

June 8th


Five finalists will perform a final 15 minutes, any material of their choice (can repeat), on Saturday, June 8th.

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$100 lodging stipend for each night of participation with the option of preferred rates for local accommodations.

$25 voucher towards dinner and/or drinks courtesy of Crooners Supper Club for each night of participation.

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invaluable exposure in the comedy world—competing in front of top industry professionals—agents, bookers, management, and cruise line representatives.

Opportunities to network with fellow comedians and industry professionals.

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Submit a 5 - 10 minute audition video(s) showcasing your comedic style.

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Pay the $40 competition entry fee (goes toward professional review of your video submission)

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Apply for a showcase to gain invaluable experience and exposure in Minneapolis & with national talent bookers! 

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Ben Frank is a New York-based stand-up comedian, who began his comedy career in Shanghai, China. Ben's comedy has been featured on SiriusXM and has won him numerous competitions, including the World Series of Comedy in New Orleans and the Laugh After Dark Clean Comedy Award. He has also been named Best of Fest at Burbank Comedy Festival, Laugh Out Loveland, and Four Corners Comedy Festival. Ben released his debut comedy album “Goodbye Shanghai” in 2022, and during his time in China, he became the first comedian to headline a stand-up show in Wuhan following the city’s infamous 76-day lockdown from COVID-19.

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Born in the arctic wasteland of Boston, Colin started performing stand-up in sunny Portland, Oregon in 2018. Colin has a credit score in the triple digits, and lives in San Francisco with his dog and mental illnesses.

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Danny Johnson’s hilarious, clean stand-up has entertained audiences in comedy clubs, corporate events, and churches nationwide for over 15 years. Danny has been humbly compared to Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin James, and Jackie Gleason, blending his original material with his now renowned facial expressions. Danny’s show is relatable, entertaining, and always evolving. He has starred in numerous TV commercials, Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots, Florida’s Funniest Comedian Top 10 Finalist, Winner-Carnival Cruise line Comedy Challenge, Finalist in Search for the One Christian Comedy contest, recently filmed his wildly popular Dry Bar Comedy Special.

What do you get when you cross an inventive corporate executive with a retired kick boxer? A stand-up comedian, of course! Prior to taking the stage, Dougie gauges his audience, reaches into his vault and prepares his onslaught of humor. Once on stage, he delivers blow after blow of hilarity, hitting the audience with punch line after punch line. His wit and stage presence is second to none. One thing is always certain – Dougie Almeida will KNOCK YOU OUT! 

Drew Davis is a former youth pastor turned standup comedian based out of Nashville, TN. He performs all over the US in a variety of venues and prides himself on making any and all people laugh. Drew has two comedy specials out online (Revolutionizing Failure & 11 Dollar Jokes) and has been featured on The Comedy Buzz, Standup and Laugh, and Pure Comedy Laughs. In addition to being a performer, Drew is also a producer and founder of the Clean Comedy Collective, a group based out of Nashville that produces amazing clean comedy shows!

You can hear E.L. Smith on XM satellite radio or see him on Hulu, MTV, Netflix, Drybar, and Amazon Prime. E.L Smith approaches the mic with a fearless, fun attitude that will leave audiences wanting more! He was the Laugh Factory’s 2018 fresh face winner, and a top ten nation-wide finalist on NBC's clean comedy search. His confidence onstage helps him ease his way through a number of diverse topics. Recently, E.L. was invited to perform alongside Viki Lawrence for The Great American Comedy Festival in Norfolk, Nebraska.

Hannibal Callens has done stand up comedy for almost a decade all across the country! His high energy, up beat, and creative perspective on life and love creates an experience that brings laughter out of every audience. He brings years of acting, improv, and performance expertise every time he comes to the stage, and now he is bringing it to you! He has performed at colleges in Orlando Florida, headlined the Orlando Improv's "Fat Fish Blue" and was a World Series of Comedy quarter finalist. Get ready for an unforgettable night of joy, fun, and laughter!

Jamal Coleman is a tour-de-force comedian, actor, producer, freestyle rapper, and improviser. He is also a radio show producer and founder of the "Silly Ass Podcast." An idea on a napkin that he landed on the legendary Kevin Smith's "Toad Hop Network." He's worked with prominent outlets such as Mother Jones, LA Talk Radio, Jeff Garcia’s podcast, and Da Breaks Podcast. On top of his impressive comedy resume, Jamal has won comedy freestyle rap battles and performed on ABC, CBS, and VH1. Now with a residency in Vegas, Jamal is delivering the funny weekly at LA Comedy Club.

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James Hancock III is a globetrotting veteran who helps bring laughter to people all around the world. From entertaining fellow troops in Korea, to finishing second in both the prestigious San Francisco and Seattle international comedy competitions, audiences of all backgrounds are drawn to his hilarious and diverse comedic style.

Janelle Draper is a bi-coastal comedian, actress, writer, and producer. She’s been described as unapologetic, uncensored and unladylike. She started doing stand-up in LA when she was an NBC page working on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” She was named Winner of the Burbank Comedy Festival and runner-up in the Boston Comedy Festival. She has opened for a plethora of national headliners including Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall, Tiffany Haddish, and Jeffrey Ross. Lastly, she's the first and only comedian to sign an overall licensing deal with Bumble, where she wrote, created, performed, and filmed several image spots, which launched across their social media platforms to viral success.

Kayla McCaffrey is a lot of fun and very cool. Not only is Kayla a comedian, but she’s also a daughter, a lover, and a vegan. She’s performed at the Laugh Factory, the iO Theater, graced The Second City’s stage. She has even performed at the Guthrie Theater and graduated from the University of Minnesota’s BFA Actor Training Program, but will be making her first appearance at the Loons on the Lake Comedy Festival!

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Linda recently won the Funniest Person in Minnesota Contest and was first runner-up in Acme Comedy Company's Funniest Person in the Twin Cities Contest. She also performed in The Boston Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, and has opened for Louie Anderson.

Meet your new best friend, Maggie Faris. She is noted for her ceaselessly cheerful personality and seemingly endless series of quirky, intelligent jokes dissecting our fears and social barriers. Maggie is a comedy competition assassin, having won the Minnesota Laugh off. Another competition win made Maggie the Public Address Announcer for the St. Paul Saints professional baseball team! She beat out Tig Notaro to win both the Funniest Clip of the Year and the Silver Nail award at the Aspen Comedy Festival. Curve magazine named Maggie Faris one of the Funniest Lesbians in America, and she has opened for such greats as Jeff Ross, Dave Attel, Jay Pharoah, and Michael Che.

Manny Petty (he/him) is a Chicago-based stand-up comedian and musician somewhere between Tom Petty and a Mani-Pedi. He is a first-generation Sicilian-American, happily gay-married househusband, and former punk rocker turned clown. Manny is the writer and performer of Thirst Trap Salon at the Newport Theater and has headlined shows at The Laugh Factory, Laugh It Uptown, Laughs at Atmosphere, and The Comedy Clubhouse. You can catch Manny’s unique form of physical comedy and storytelling in his new stand-up comedy special “Pasta Spice” on YouTube.

Randall Reid is a comic on the rise! His playful, nonchalant, and thoughtful style of comedy has taken shape after years in the comedy game. He has a unique perspective to find the balance between the lightest and darkest of topics. From battling his young daughter to retrieving his friend from tight situations, Reid will take you on a fun journey.

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Rob Edwards is an up-and-coming stand up comic from Memphis, TN by way of Hayward, CA. He has been doing stand-up for 6 years. He has been seen at Tommy T's, Punchline SF, San Jose Improv, and more. He placed 6th in the 2022 San Francisco International Comedy Competition, and recently got second place in the World Series of Comedy.

Roo Nafasat is a comedian/improvisor based in Orlando, FL. She is known for her whimsical, goofy, and light-hearted nature on stage. She trained at SAK Comedy Lab and was a finalist at the 2023 Nitro Theater Grand Prix. She also performed at the 2023 Orlando Fringe Festival and Don't Tell Comedy. Roo also hosts the popular monthly Silly Geese Comedy Showcase at Breakthrough Theatre in Orlando FL. Her whimsical presence is felt all over central Florida!

Sam Rossi has been performing stand-up since he was 15. He has performed at The Comedy Studio and Flappers Comedy Club, and has emceed music showcases at the Hard Rock Cafe. Sam was a finalist in the 2020 Boston Comedy Festival!

Straight out of Arkansas, 2023's "Just for Laughs New Face" Wellington Ojukwu will make you laugh even if he has to tickle you himself! He made his television debut on Fox's "Laughs", and was on "Standup Nashville: Live from Zanies" on the Circle Network. Wellington was a performer in the 2022 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, and the MO 2019 Fly Over Comedy Festival in St. Louis. He also headlined Atlanta's 2024 West End Comedy Fest and the Florida Standup Comedy Fest. Wellington now resides in Atlanta, GA where he works as an actor, writer, and content creator with over 85,000 followers on Instagram and over 246,000 on Facebook.

William Krolowitz was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in New Orleans. The Brooklyn accent melded with New Orleans, giving Will a crazy way of talking! He is a 10 year veteran with overseas tours in Greece and Germany, and is the father of 2 grown sons. William has performed all over the country, working with major talents including Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Hannibal Burress, Gilbert Gottfried, and many others.

Yoni Heisler is a Chicago-based stand-up who enjoys blending sharp one-liners with quirky observational humor. Currently a paid regular at Zanies Comedy Club in Chicago, Yoni has opened for several nationally touring headliners including Tim Dillon, Ali Macofsky, and others. Yoni has performed at clubs across the US, including Carolines on Broadway, Skyline Comedy Club, and New York Comedy Club. He was recently featured as a performer at the Asheville Comedy Festival.


*Applicants must submit a 5-10 minute audition video, valid email address, and $40.00 USD audition fee to be eligible for consideration. Submission does not guarantee participation in the Loons on the Lake 10K Comedy Competition. All selected must be willing and able to report, in person, to Crooners Supper Club (6161 Hwy 65 NE, Minneapolis, MN 55432) between the hours of 4:00PM and 12:00AM on the days of 6/5/24 to 6/8/24. Failure to comply with any of the above stipulations may result in disqualification from the Loons on the Lake 10K Comedy Competition.

**Selected contestants will compete in a three-round, single-elimination tournament hosted by Randy Lubas and judged by a panel selected at his discretion. 40 contestants will be selected to perform for eight (8) minutes each during the preliminary round of competition. Each selected participant will be assigned a time slot between the hours of 7:00PM and 10:00PM on either 6/5/23, 6/6/23, or 6/7/23. Of these initial 40 contestants, 10 will be selected to perform for an additional eight (8) minutes during the semi-final round taking place on 6/7/23. Of the semi-finalists, five (5) will then be selected for the final round of competition on 6/8/23. One of these 5 finalists will then be awarded a $10,000 grand prize at the discretion of Randy Lubas (host). For more information please contact Not all services described in this Agreement are available to all persons or at all locations. We reserve the right to limit, in our sole discretion, the provision of any such services to any person or in any location. Any offer of a service in this Agreement shall be deemed void where prohibited.

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