2nd Annual Stage 32 Happy Writers Comedy Contest

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Contest Info

Winners announced! Click the "Winners" tab above!

 

 Grand Prize Winner meets with Paradigm Agency, Vertigo Entertainment, Kevin Hart's LOL Network, and more!

2nd Place Winners meet with industry executives!

All finalists will have their loglines presented to 500 working industry executives!

 

Stage 32’s Happy Writers 2nd Annual Comedy Contest is back and we’re searching for original comedy features and original comedy TV pilots and comedy TV specs.

Got Funny?

 

WHAT YOU’LL WIN

  • The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to Los Angeles to attend one-on-one meetings with Paradigm Agency, Vertigo Entrainment, Kevin Hart's LOL Network and Big Beach Films! 
  • 2nd Place Winners will receive 3 Skype meetings with a top TV or Feature executive, producer, manager, or agent and three Stage 32 Happy Writers online pitch sessions, and a logline review from the “The Logline Whisperer”, Emmy-Award winner Lane Shefter Bishop
  • All finalists will receive a Free On-Demand Stage 32 Next Level Webinar and loglines exposed to over 500 executives on Stage 32

 

OUR TRACK RECORD

Our contest winners have either been signed, projects put into development and/or optioned!

  • Benji Smith - signed with Meridian Artists.
  • Brittni Brown and Jenna Palermo - signed with Infinity Management International.
  • Trish MacEnulty - attached producer Gavin Dorman to her script.
  • Scott Waldvogel and Matt DeMartini - signed with Gotham Group and APA.
  • Frank Ponce - signed with 3 Arts Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment.
  • Glenn Forbes - signed with Infinity Management International and optioned by Glider Films.
  • Richard Hobley - signed with Paradigm and Goldcrest Films International.
  • Michael Madden - signed with BenderSpink (Good Fear Film + Management) and ICM and writing on ABC series BLACKBOX.

This years round of judges are no joke! Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network, Paradigm Agency, Big Beach Films, Vertigo Entertainment, MXN Entertainment, and New Wave Entertainment.


 

FEEDBACK OPTION

For an additional fee of only $49 (50% savings!) you can receive full coverage from our industry readers on your screenplay or teleplay. Just check "coverage" upon checkout. Coverage will be sent out after the winners are announced.  


 

WHAT KIND OF TELEPLAYS CAN I ENTER?

Stage 32 Happy Writers are looking for scripts that encompass both 30-minute and 1-hour TV shows. We will be searching for up and coming TV comedy writers in these 4 categories:

30-minute Original Comedy Pilot

Teleplays in this category are 30-minute original comedy pilots, and are not based off of an existing TV show.

30-minute Comedy Spec

Teleplays in this category must be based off of a currently airing 30-minute TV comedy show, such as: Veep, Silicon Valley, Black-ish, Transparent, Master of None, etc.

1-hour Original Comedy Pilot

Teleplays in this category are 1-hour original comedy pilots, and are not based off of an existing TV show.

1-hour Comedy Spec

Teleplays in this category must be based off of a currently airing 1-hour TV Comedy show, such as: Orange is The New Black, Better Call Saul, Veep, Silicon Valley, etc.

 

WHAT KIND OF SCREENPLAY CAN I ENTER?

We’re searching for fresh comedy feature scripts!

All writers submitting a script between 120-150 pages must pay an additional $15. No scripts over 150 pages will be accepted.


Contest Prizes

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Plane ticket to Los Angeles

Meetings with Paradigm Agency, Vertigo Entrainment, LOL Network, Big Beach Films, and MXN Entertainment

A logline review from the “The Logline Whisperer”, Emmy-Award winner Lane Shefter Bishop

Logline posted on Stage 32 and sent to over 500 industry executives

Free On-Demand Stage 32 Next Level Webinar

 

2nd PLACE WINNERS

(Feature & TV)

Three Skype meetings with a top TV or Feature executive, producer, manager, or agent

Three Stage 32 Happy Writers online pitch sessions

A logline review from the “The Logline Whisperer”, Emmy-Award winner Lane Shefter Bishop

Logline posted on Stage 32 and sent to over 500 industry executives

Free On-Demand Stage 32 Next Level Webinar

 

ALL FINALISTS

All finalists loglines will be posted in a special section of Stage 32 where any of the 500 industry executives we work with will be able to view them. If there is interest beyond the logline, we will facilitate the communication between the exec and the writer. Finalists will also receive a special Free On-Demand Stage 32 Next Level Webinar.


Contest Deadlines

72-hr Super Early Bird Deadline

Saturday, Nov 12 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $39.00

Early Bird Deadline

Wednesday, Nov 30 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $45.00

Regular Deadline

Wednesday, Jan 4 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $55.00

Final Deadline

Wednesday, Jan 25 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $65.00


Contest Judges

David Boxerbaum (Comedy Contest Judge)

David Boxerbaum (Comedy Contest Judge) - Agent, Paradigm

David Boxerbaum is a talent and literary agent at Paradigm agency. He previously was a "prolific seller of scripts" at APA before joining Paradigm. 

Heather Johns (Comedy Contest Judge)

Heather Johns (Comedy Contest Judge) - Laugh Out Loud Network

Comedian and actor Kevin Hart partnered with Lionsgate to form Laugh Out Loud Network, an online streaming service for comedy content. 

Colin Lawrence (Comedy Contest Judge)

Colin Lawrence (Comedy Contest Judge) - Producer, New Wave Entertainment

Colin Lawrence is an American Film Director, Writer and Producer. He is the third of four boys born and raised in Southern California. Colin's first exposure to the arts came through his father, James, an ex-marine and actor. Since he was old enough to push a VHS tape into a VCR he has been in love with cinema. He created his first films at the age of 11, most of which were of the horror genre, emulating Troma films, set to the music of the Misfits. After five years in development at various industry shingles, and four years as a staff producer at New Wave Entertainment, Colin is now an independent producer/director with several features, dozens of shorts, sketches and commercials under his belt, and is looking for his next great project. He believes in the power of the mind and spirit, the value of hard work, good food and good films.

Gabriel Chu

Gabriel Chu - Creative Executive, Vertigo Entertainment

Gabriel Chu is the creative executive of Vertigo Entertainment and has been with the company for just over a year. Vertigo is a very active production company with credits including The Departed, How to Train Your Dragon, The Strangers, Oldboy, The Roomate, Abduction, Quarantine and The Grudge.They currently have over 40 projects in various stages of development and production including Poltergeist, Run All Night w/ Liam Neeson, The Double Hour w/ Michelle Williams and Death Note directed by Gus Van Sant. In just 10 years Vertigo has produced almost 30 films.

Joshua Cohen (Comedy Contest Judge)

Joshua Cohen (Comedy Contest Judge) - Production & Development Coordinator, Big Beach Films

Big Beach is an independent film financing and production company based in New York. Big Beach was founded by producers Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf (Adaptation, Little Miss Sunshine). Big Beach has produced films like Away We Go, The Kings of Summer, Sunshine Cleaning, Safety Not Guaranteed, and Our Idiot Brother.

Joshua Cohen is a Production and Development Coordinator at Big Beach.

He's an MFA graduate of the creative producing program at Columbia University, and has written and produced dozens of short films, and was nominated for a Student Academy Award for his work producing the short film Day 39. At Big Beach, his credits include work on Me Him Her, Three Generations, and Loving.

Michelle Knudsen (Comedy Contest Judge)

Michelle Knudsen (Comedy Contest Judge) - Literary Manager/Producer, MXN Entertainment

Michelle Knudsen is a manager and producer at MXN Entertainment. After graduating from Columbia University she got her start working for agent Sarah Self at Gersh NY before moving with Sarah to LA. She then went to work for manager/producer Mason Novick, jumping immediately into production on 500 DAYS OF SUMMER. Since then she has established herself as a manager of feature and TV writers. Along with producer Mason Novick, Michelle currently has a slate of feature and TV projects at various stages of development.

Lauren Patterson (Comedy Contest Judge)

Lauren Patterson (Comedy Contest Judge) - Development Coordinator, Romark Entertainment


Contest Rules

ENTRANT RULES

Void where prohibited by law.

The Stage 32 2nd Annual Happy Writers Comedy Writing Contest is an international contest. Must be 18 years or older to submit.

Entrant agrees to Stage32.com terms and conditions.

The Stage 32 2nd Annual Happy Writers Comedy Writing Contest is not a game of chance. All material is read and reviewed by industry professionals.

All quarterfinalists, semi-finalists, finalists and winners are subjectively determined by our judges.

There is no limit to the number of teleplays and/or screenplay an Entrant can enter. The same teleplay and/or screenplay cannot be submitted multiple times under different names. If so, you will be disqualified.

Entrant must not be an immediate family member or friend of any of the judges or their respective companies.

Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

No waivers are available for this contest.

Entrants must submit screenplays/teleplays and payment online.

  

SCREENPLAY/TELEPLAY RULES

Screenplays/teleplays should be written in English and in standard industry format.

Teleplays must be 30-minute original pilots, 30-minute teleplay based off of a currently airing TV comedy show, and 1-hour original pilots or 1-hour teleplay based off of a currently airing TV comedy show

Screenplays/teleplays must be the original work of the Entrant and may not be based whole or in part on any fictional or non-fictional material, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced for which the Entrant does not have rights.

The rights to the Entrant’s screenplay/teleplay should not have been previously optioned or sold.

Entrant’s screenplay/teleplay must not have been produced or have won any contests.

After a screenplay/teleplay is entered, no new drafts or corrected pages can be made by the Entrant. No exceptions.

Screenplay/Teleplay must be submitted as a PDF document.

Only teleplays or feature length screenplays are accepted. No short scripts.


Contest Winners

 

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Comedy Writing Contest!

 

Grand Prize Winner

SHORE BREAK (Feature)

written by Anthony Guidubaldi & Keith Strausbaugh

2nd Place Winner - Feature

RED VELVET

written by Tom Radovich

2nd Place Winner - TV (tie)

HAPPY TRAILS: WHEN IN BUMBLEF*CK

written by Kayla Baken

CLAN/DESTINE

written by Matt Shafeek

 

Congratulations to the Finalists of the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Comedy Writing Contest!

Comedy Feature Screenplay Finalists 

Title Writer
GAME OF STRIKES Caroline Hopkins
MAKE LIKE RABBITS Aaron W. Sala
MOURNING WOOD Patrick Bradley-Moore
ONE LAST BATCH Joshua Poley & Philip Cappell
RED VELVET Tom Radovich
SAVING GRACE Thuy Hugens
SHORE BREAK Anthony Guidubaldi & Keith Strausbaugh
SOUL MATE Paul Rothbart
SQUAD GOALS Jack Savige
TWO SINGLE GUYS IN PARIS Brian Levy & Chris Livingston
WAIT AND HOPE Matt de Casanove

 

Comedy TV Script Finalists 

Title Writer
CLAN/DESTINE Matt Shafeek
FAMILY GUY - "FOREIGN EX-CHANG" Christopher Gooley
HAILEY DANE Danielle Evenson & Heather Huntington
HAPPY TRAILS - "WHEN IN BUMBLEF*CK* Kayla Baken
MODERN FAMILY - "HAPPILY RETIRED" Mario Garza
MORALE GALS Natasha Backlin
MY GENERATION Pippa Hinchley
THE UGLY FRIEND Dana Alyss
THIS IS MY LIFE Nicole Gomez Fisher
TURF Jack Gorman
WALKER Sam Pasternack

 


 

Congratulations to the Semi-finalists of the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Comedy Writing Contest!

Comedy Feature Screenplay Semi-Finalists

Title Writer
A FLORIDA MAN Jamie Bearse
ATHELSTANE, THE VERY BRAVE Bryan Howell
BANG IT OUT Gregg Diller
GAME OF STRIKES Caroline Hopkins
GASMAN Chris C.T. Rosser
HOPE RUNS DEEP Tiyan Newman
JAMESTOWN Robbie Robertson
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Ian Patrick Williams
KPOP Brendan Vogel And Matt Clingempeel
LETHAL HOSTAGE Soni Jorgensen
LOVERRATED Cullen Severance
LUCKY BASTARDS Ed Gardiner
MAKE LIKE RABBITS Aaron W. Sala
MILE HIGH Sansan Fibri, Mark Farrell, Ron Brawer
MOM SQUAD Taylor Bennett
MOURNING WOOD Patrick Bradley-Moore
MYSTERY MAN Erik Howard
ONE LAST BATCH Joshua Poley & Philip Cappell
ONE NIGHT STAN Tony Boland
RED VELVET Tom Radovich
SAVING GRACE Thuy Hugens
SHAKE Annette B. Holland
SHORE BREAK Anthony Guidubaldi & Keith Strausbaugh
SOUL MATE Paul Rothbart
SQUAD GOALS Jack Savige
TAKING CHRISTMAS Kyle Wilson
THE BREAKER-UPPER Jonathan Westbrook
THE FIRST LADY James Dylan
THE INVESTMENT CLUB Jerrad Burford
TWO SINGLE GUYS IN PARIS Brian Levy & Chris Livingston
UNHOOKING Scott A. Aiman
WAIT AND HOPE Matt de Casanove

 

Comedy TV Script Semi-Finalists

Title Writer
ALL MY BOYFRIENDS Matthew Floyd Miller, Douglas Herman, and Gary B. Hanish
AQUADORA - "THE DEVIL'S BREAD" Polly Baker and Kathrine Piper
CLAN/DESTINE Matt Shafeek
CLEARWATER & POWER - "EPISODE ONE: THE MISSING RING" Ben List
ED CONNERS: LIFE COACH Matt McHugh
ERROR 404 L.A. Abbott
FAMILY GUY - "FOREIGN EX-CHANG" Christopher Gooley
HAILEY DANE Danielle Evenson & Heather Huntington
HAPPY TRAILS - "WHEN IN BUMBLEF*CK* Kayla Baken
IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILIDELPHIA - "THE GANG SWAPS GENDERS" Richard Harrington
MODERN FAMILY - "HAPPILY RETIRED" Mario Garza
MORALE GALS Natasha Backlin
MY GENERATION Pippa Hinchley
MY WIFE NEXT DOOR Carlo Nicdao
OVERDUE - "JANUARY - TOO COLD FOR SNOW" Karin Partin Wells
PINK LAVA - THE ULTIMATE FREEDOM Sharon Powers
RED VELVET Tom Radovich
SLACK CITY Brent Godfrey
SOCIETY CONS Melynda Bissmeyer
SUPER USELESS Lawrence Davidson
THE JOHNSON MASH Sid Grey
THE UGLY FRIEND Dana Alyss
THE WINESTEEN'S Tom Van Horn and Josh Ravitz
THIS IS MY LIFE Nicole Gomez Fisher
TURF Jack Gorman
WALKER Sam Pasternack
YOUNG & HUNGRY - "YOUNG AND EXERCISE?" Amanda Scott and Veronica Slattery

 


 

Congratulations to the Quarter-finalists of the 2nd Annual Stage 32 Comedy Writing Contest!  

Comedy Feature Screenplay Quarter-Finalists 

Title Writer
A FLORIDA MAN Jamie Bearse
AFFLUENZA RUN Mario Kyprianou and Becky Leigh
ATHELSTANE, THE VERY BRAVE Bryan Howell
BANG IT OUT Gregg Diller
CHRISTMAS BLUES Miles Kimball
GAME OF STRIKES Caroline Hopkins
GASMAN Chris C.T. Rosser
HARRY THE HYDRANT Phillip E. Hardy
HOPE RUNS DEEP Tiyan Newman
JAMESTOWN Robbie Robertson
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Ian Patrick Williams
KPOP Brendan Vogel And Matt Clingempeel
LETHAL HOSTAGE Soni Jorgensen
LOSERS-FOR-HIRE Jim Schmit
LOVERRATED Cullen Severance
LUCKY BASTARDS Ed Gardiner
MAKE LIKE RABBITS Aaron W. Sala
MILE HIGH Sansan Fibri, Mark Farrell, Ron Brawer
MOM SQUAD Taylor Bennett
MOURNING WOOD Patrick Bradley-Moore
MYSTERY MAN Erik Howard
NEW DELI Jeff McMahon
ONE LAST BATCH Joshua Poley & Philip Cappello
ONE NIGHT STAN Tony Boland
RED VELVET Tom Radovich
ROADTRIPPERS Rebecca de Fargues
SAVING GRACE Thuy Hugens
SHAKE Annette B. Holland
SHIT HAPPENS Dane McCauley
SHORE BREAK Anthony Guidubaldi & Keith Strausbaugh
SIGNIFICANT OTHERS Ned Dougherty
SIR GODFREY THE UNDAUNTED Kenneth Molloy, Jr.
SOUL MATE Paul Rothbart
SQUAD GOALS Jack Savige
STALKER FRIENDS Andrea Holz
STRUNG OUT Gigi Arnold
SWITCHED Miles Kimball
TAKING CHRISTMAS Kyle Wilson
TEST OF STRENGTH Danny Baram
THE BREAKER-UPPER Jonathan Westbrook
THE COMFORT ZONE Xaque Gruber
THE FIRST LADY James Dylan
THE INVESTMENT CLUB Jerrad Burford
TWO SINGLE GUYS IN PARIS Brian Levy & Chris Livingston
UNHOOKING Scott A. Aiman
WAIT AND HOPE Matt de Casanove
WHEN WYATT CAUGHT THE MIDGET Arnie Zelkovitz
ZOMBIES ON MY CAMPUS Lance Ness and Carisia Switala

 

Comedy TV Script Quarter-Finalists     

Title Writer
ALL MY BOYFRIENDS Matthew Floyd Miller, Douglas Herman, and Gary B. Hanish
AQUADORA - "THE DEVIL'S BREAD" Polly Baker and Kathrine Piper
BASIC NEEDS Michael Paul
CLAN/DESTINE Matt Shafeek
CLEARWATER & POWER - "EPISODE ONE: THE MISSING RING" Ben List
ED CONNERS: LIFE COACH Matt McHugh
ERROR 404 L.A. Abbott
FAMILY GUY - "FOREIGN EX-CHANG" Christopher Gooley
HAILEY DANE Danielle Evenson & Heather Huntington
HAPPY TRAILS - "WHEN IN BUMBLEF*CK* Kayla Baken
HELL, INC. Jeff Folschinsky
IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILIDELPHIA - "THE GANG SWAPS GENDERS" Richard Harrington
MODERN FAMILY - "HAPPILY RETIRED" Mario Garza
MODERN FAMILY - "LUKE'S SECRET JOB" Mario Garza
MORALE GALS Natasha Backlin
MY GENERATION Pippa Hinchley
MY WIFE NEXT DOOR Carlo Nicdao
NEW GIRL - "CHICAGO REUNION" Nicole Lonero
NEW GIRL - "ROAD TRIP" Joe Cameron
OUT THERE Ken Burgin
OVERDUE - "JANUARY - TOO COLD FOR SNOW" Karin Partin Wells
PINK LAVA - THE ULTIMATE FREEDOM Sharon Powers
PUBLIC SCHOOL - LEAKED Nicholas Strong, Yael Strong, Ted Lange IV
RED VELVET Tom Radovich
SLACK CITY Brent Godfrey
SOCIETY CONS Melynda Bissmeyer
SUPER USELESS Lawrence Davidson
THE BADGE Richard A. Los
THE DAIRY QUEEN Sid Grey
THE GIRLS AND RODNEY Lawrence Lee Wallace
THE JOHNSON MASH Sid Grey
THE LOUDMOUTH Michael Atkinson
THE UGLY FRIEND Dana Alyss
THE WINESTEEN'S Tom Van Horn and Josh Ravitz
THIS IS MY LIFE Nicole Gomez Fisher
TURF Jack Gorman
UNLEASHED Robert Axelrod
WALKER Sam Pasternack
WASTED PILOT David Anthony
WORKING IT OUT Sage Breslin and Ben Graziose
YOUNG & HUNGRY - "YOUNG AND EXERCISE?" Amanda Scott and Veronica Slattery

 

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS - 2017

April 1st: Quarter-finalists announced on Stage 32

April 12th: Semi-finalists announced on Stage 32

April 26th: Finalists announced on Stage 32

May 17th: Winners will be announced on Stage 32

Announcement dates subject to change.

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