SFIT is an annual five-day festival of improvisational theater and comedy in Seattle. Groups from all over North America (and, one time, Paris!) descend upon the city to perform at two great venues.

Each SFIT includes:

A tremendous variety of improv shows at two venues over 5 days

A variety of weekend improv workshops taught by instructors from around the continent

Improv masterclasses

Parties, parties, parties

The Dust-Up (our answer to the typical festival “improv jam”)




The Seattle International Comedy Competition is the REAL “Last Comic Standing.”

26 Days

22 Shows

18 Venues from Vancouver to Bellingham to Spokane

33 comedians from the U.S., Canada, UK, Europe, Australia, and Africa

Over $15,000 in cash prizes

Talent executives from CBS, NBC, and more: movie studios, managers, agents and producers

It’s America’s biggest touring comedy festival




SketchFest™ Seattle is the ORIGINAL sketch comedy festival. The non-profit has established a reputation for presenting the best and most original comedy from around the globe since 1999. Our mission is to promote sketch comedy as a performing art by providing a venue for groups to network and showcase their talent. On top of running a 2 week long festival every year we also run educational/community programming year round!




The Highlarious Comedy (THC) Festival, a Seattle-based humor festival that focuses primarily on stand-up comedy, will take place August 14th-16th.
HEMPFEST® Events, the world’s largest annual gathering that advocates decriminalization of marijuana, will occur on the same weekend. THC Fest aims to capitalize on such an important event and bring high quality entertainment to the approximate 334,000 people who attend every year. THC Fest will feature the best comedians from all over the country with original shows and a diverse selection of talent.

The Highlarious Comedy Festival, the world’s first cannabis comedy festival, will take place in Seattle Center. It is just a 10-minute walk from Myrtle Edwards Park, home of HEMPFEST® Events.



The Seattle Fringe Festival is a 5-day annual theater festival featuring an eclectic mix of artists, from raw and untested to perfectly executed, in a variety of genres and styles. Originally existing from 1991 to 2003, the new Seattle Fringe Festival was reborn and debuted September 19th-23rd, 2012.

The fest features a mix of local and visiting artists, representing a huge variety of genres, all performing on some of the most prominent fringe theater stages in Seattle's Capitol Hill Neighborhood.



Intersections: A Celebration of Seattle Performance is a comedy festival focused on equity, inclusion, and representation. The festival runs March 22-25, 2018 at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. The festival will showcase performers in improv, sketch, stand-up, burlesque, drag, storytelling, spoken word, music, theatre, and dance. We are focusing on inclusion in terms of race, gender, disability, and LGBTQIA+. We hope these performances will bring new voices to the forefront, and spark conversation and action for social justice and representation in our community.

We celebrate incredible performers who enrich our community through their unique identities. We actively fight white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, ageism, and ableism. We strive to cultivate an environment of critical analysis, holding our community and ourselves accountable for the inequities that currently exist. We work to create and sustain systems that forge a new path in the direction of true equity.