Submission Process

4 Shows – 3 Venues– 2 Rounds – 1 Winner

--Where The Audience Decides Who Wins!--

NOV 12TH, NOV 16TH, NOV 20TH& DEC 14TH 2021

What is the WOCC? The Western Oregon Comedy Competition is a series of four comedy shows that take place in three different cities in November and December of 2021. What’s special about the WOCC? Well, the winner isn’t decided by a bunch of comedy good ol’ boys- at the conclusion of each show, the audience votes for who they think had the evening’s best performance and YOU, the people, ultimately decide who is crowned the 2021 Western Oregon Comedy Competition Champion! And the best part? The winner gets $400 cash and a future headliner or feature booking at PNW Comedy event(s)! 


Any level of comedian FROM ANYWHERE may submit to compete– From the novice comic that has only done a few open mics all the way up to the touring headliner that has been on stage for years and years.  (The show isn’t designed for traveling features/headliners, but we’ll gladly consider them if they’re interested in participating). The comics chosen to participate will be notified no later than November 6th, 2021. 

Submissions Start: 10/15/2021
Submissions End: 10/30/2021 at 11:59 PM
Where To Send Submissions: 


Comedians wanting to compete must be able to get to the venue the night they are scheduled to perform. (Either on November 12th in Salem/Keizer, ORNovember 16th in Sherwood (PDX Metro), OR or November 20th in McMinnville, OR and if you make it to The Finals, December 14th, 2021 in Sherwood (PDX Metro), OR. No exceptions.) If you are selected to move on to the next round but cannot attend the next show date, you will be disqualified. 


  • Salem/Keizer
    • Willamette Valley Comedy Club @ Keizer Homegrown Theatre – 980 Chemawa Rd NE, Keizer, OR 97303 (Second Level Theater)
  • McMinnville
    • The Zodiac Lounge – 405 NE 3rd St Suite 8 & 9, McMinnville, OR 97128 (Second Level)
  • PDX Metro/Sherwood
    • Langer’s Entertainment Center – The Tack Room – 21650 SW Langer Farms Pkwy, Sherwood, OR 97140 (Second Floor)


 To be considered to participate in the competition, please email the following to 

– Your name and/or stage name

– Where you are from/your home base

– How long you’ve been doing comedy

– A picture and/or a headshot

– Any comedy-related credits (shows, tours, TV appearances, bars mics, etc.)*

– A comedy bio*

– A good quality video of you performing, which is ideally five minutes. (No longer than 10 minutes.)* 

– Which two (2) First Round heats work best for you to compete?  Nov 12th in Keizer, OR, Nov 16th in Sherwood, OR or Nov 20th in McMinnville, OR – LIST ONLY TWO

*= Not required, but highly encouraged 



You’ve Got Questions, We Have Answers! 

Q: Does it cost to submit to the Western Oregon Comedy Competition? 

A: Not at all! The competition is sponsored by PNW Comedy. They are covering all production and entertainment costs involving the competition. 


Q: Will I be paid for my time? 

A: Yes you will! Whether you’re in the first round or the finals, you’ll be compensated for your time! 


Q: Do I have to wear a mask?

A: Yes. Anytime you are not actively eating, drinking, or performing we ask you to adhere to the current local masking regulations. No exceptions. 

Q: What is the compensation? 

A: Straight to the point- each First Round comic will get a comped ticket to the show they are scheduled to perform on (for a friend/loved one), a food/drink comp, and a small cash payment (very small). 


Q: What’s the point of doing this no-name competition? 

A: Well, if you make it to The Finals (the second show) and are voted the night’s best comic by the audience, you’ll receive $400 the night of the finals and you’ll be booked again as a headliner or feature at one of PNW Comedy regular shows. You’ll also be invited back for the next year’s WOCC to participate as the Host, MC or Feature.  


Q: Are musical comedy acts eligible to participate? 

A: Yes! If you consider yourself more of a comedy/stand-up act than a musical act, then you’re more than encouraged to submit the requested materials to the competition. 


Q: I competed in another PNW Comedy competition in previous years. Any chance I could compete again? 

A: Yes! All previous participants are eligible (and encouraged!) to compete again. The only people that cannot compete are currently booked headliners and PNW Comedy staff/volunteers. 

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