The TV Foundation is putting together two Comedy Showcases as part of the 49th Edinburgh TV Festival this August, and registered Fringe artists are invited to apply.

The showcases are open to stand-up comedians and solo comedy or comedy-drama writer-performers presenting at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The 12 successful applicants – six stand-ups and six writer-performers – will receive a full free pass to attend the TV Festival, with the opportunity to perform to an audience of senior TV industry professionals in the final week of the Fringe. It's a one-off chance to further develop your career and make connections, joining the ranks of the many beloved performers whose journeys to screen stardom started at the Fringe.

Who can apply?

  • Comedians at any venue performing a full-length stand-up show that’s registered as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2024.
  • Writer-performers at any venue presenting a new and original comedy or comedy-drama solo play that’s registered as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2024.

What are the dates?

Applications are open now and will close at 12:00 on Friday 07 June 2024.

The showcases will take place on:

  • Wednesday 21 August, 16:45 – 17:45 (stand-up showcase)
  • Thursday 22 August, 15:45 – 16:45 (scripted content creators)

What do I have to do?

Stand-up comics will be invited to perform five-to-seven minutes of material as part of a mixed-bill show on Wednesday 21 August at the EICC.

Writer-performers will be invited to perform an excerpt of their show or deliver a pitch presentation (up to five minutes) to TV industry on Thursday 22 August, with live feedback from a panel of TV commissioners and development execs.

I am a performer but not a writer – can I apply?

Only stand-ups or writer-performers who own and perform their own intellectual property are eligible to apply.

For further enquiries please email [email protected].

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Thumbnail photo credit: Valentina's Galaxy (2019), Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Photographer: David Monteith-Hodge.