FDCW 2018 Pitches Now Open!

ATTENTION! Five Dollar Comedy Week is accepting pitches NOW through Wednesday, January 31st at 11:59 PM.

Philadelphia’s biggest independent comedy festival will be returning April 1st – 7th, 2018 at Good Good Comedy Theatre (215 N. 11th St. in Chinatown) – 2017 Best of Philly winner for Best Comedy Club and 2017 Philly.com Reader’s Choice Award winner for Best Live Theater Venue.

Five Dollar Comedy Week is a semi-annual, 7-day festival featuring 30 brand new, never-before-seen comedy shows. And as always, pitches are open to EVERYONE. We’re looking for ideas that are experimental and fun. No idea is too simple or too complicated.

The only rule: no pitches that are strictly stand-up, improv or sketch. These can be incorporated as elements, but even that isn’t required. It should be an original show that has never been performed before. Follow your brain to weird places!


  • FULL SHOW – 45 to 60 minutes in length
  • WORKSHOP – Typically interactive faux-workshops and seminars that take place during the day (past examples: Donut Tasting, Cold Yoga, Anger Encouragement).
  • SECRET SHOW – unannounced, extra-experimental shows (20 to 45 minutes in length)

Pitches should be 2-3 sentences (please no longer than 4 sentences) and include a description and tentative title. You can send as many pitches as you want, individually or grouped together. Send all pitches to hello@goodgoodcomedy.com with the subject line “FDCW Pitch“.

The deadline is Wednesday, January 31st at 11:59 PM. PITCH AS MUCH AS YOU WANT UNTIL THEN. Spread the word!

We will be selecting our lineup and notifying showrunners via email in early February.

P.S.Feel free to consult this comprehensive list of all the shows and workshops accepted into previous Five Dollar Comedy Weeks. This should give you an idea of the types of concepts that have been accepted in the past, and also help to avoid repeat concepts.