Sketchfest, circa 2011.
Sketchfest, circa 2011.

A: Loopkin, a visual artist from Montreal worked on our festival art this year. Isn’t it rad?

Q: What is the Montreal Sketch Comedy Festival?
A: The Montreal Sketch Comedy Festival is an annual celebration of sketch comedy assembled by Le Nouveau International, a not-for-profit arts company that resides at Theatre Ste Catherine. Since its inception in 2006, the festival has welcomed over 160 troupes from all over the world.

Q: When and where will the festival be held?
A: The 13th edition of the festival will take place from May 3th to 12th, 2018 at venues around Montreal including Theatre Sainte-Catherine Café Bar.

Q: What kinds of groups/shows are you looking for?

A: All kinds! From veteran sketch troupes to absolute beginners, we’d love to see what you’ve got to offer. Whether you’re local, from the other side of the world, performing in French, English, or without language, we’re into it.

Q: If I submit my troupe, are we guaranteed entry to the festival?
A: Each submission will be considered, but only the most convincing will be granted entry into the festival. We try to take as many groups as we can, and we add shows every year, however we cannot guarantee that all troupes will be granted entry to the festival.

Q: Why do you have a $20 submission fee?
A: This helps offset the cost of the festival. We have done our best to keep it as low as possible – and to cover the cost of artists getting into all the shows for FREE (unless the show is sold out). And remember, if you get chosen to perform, you become eligible for all of our various prizes, which means you could take home piles and piles of cold hard ca$h.

Q: What is the submission deadline?
A: The submission deadline for our 2018 fest is March 15th 2018

Q: Who is Le Nouveau International? WHO ARE YOU?
A: Le Nouveau International is a non-profit arts organization focused on performance, officially founded in 2009, though its productions were performed as early as 2001. Check out everything about us here.

Q: How do I get involved?
A: We need volunteers so very badly! Email us at montrealsketchfest@gmail.com – we promise you fun and good timez. As a patron? Buy a pass! Individual tickets to our 2018 shows will be available the first week of April or just show up on any day of the festival and come see something hilarious.

Q: When will your 2018 lineup be announced?
A: Our 2018 lineup will be announced by the end of March 2018!

Q: Still have more questions?
A: Great – Send them to montrealsketchfest@gmail.com.