4th Annual Comedy Writing Contest

Contest Info

Winner Announced! Scroll down for results.

The Stage 32 Comedy Writing Contest has resulted in numerous success stories for our winners!

  • Our 2018 winner Diana Wright (Roswell, Adjacent) signed with The Cartel and Abrams Artists Agency
  • Our 2017 Anthony Guidubaldi & Keith Strausbaugh (Shorebreak) just finished filming their feature film Marathon and are in post! They are also going into development on a spec pilot with Panay Films!
  • We set up our 2016 Comedy Contest winner, Kelly Anelons (Life's a Beaut) for meetings with two of the most respected comedy writer, director, producers in town: Jerry Zucker (Airplane, Naked Gun, My Best Friends Wedding) and Scot Armstrong (Old School, The Hangover II, Road Trip) 
  • Our finalists scripts have been requested by: WME, Cross Creek, Mandalay, Echo Lake, Madhouse Entertainment, Amasia Entertainment, Good Fear Film + Management and more!

 

How's that for access!?

 
This year's winner will be flown to LA and meet with executives from NBC Universal, A&E Networks, Zero Gravity Management and more, as well as have their logline exposed to hundreds of executives that work with Stage 32!
 
 
We have officially opened up our call for entries for our 4th Annual Comedy Writing Contest.  Our contests have a stellar reputation to give the best writers industry access and to provide opportunities that can help move the needle on their career. Whether you’re writing feature comedy screenplays or 30-60 minute teleplays, we want you to bring the funny!

 

WHAT KIND OF SCRIPTS CAN I ENTER?

We’re looking for any and all comedy based screenplays and teleplays.

Feature Length Screenplays:

Everything from broad comedy to rom coms to parodies to dramedies to horror comedy to indie comedies and beyond will be accepted!

Teleplays:

30 or 60 minute Original Comedy Pilots Not Based on an Existing TV Show

- This is your original pilot in 30 or 60 minute form

30 or 60 Minute Comedy Spec

- This is your take on an existing comedy or dramedy show (Big Bang Theory, Veep, Silicon Valley, The Orville, etc.)

 

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.

"Stage 32 contest coverage is even better than some of the industry coverage I received. Thank you for these invaluable notes!" - E. Robinson

"The insight from my coverage from the Stage 32 contest helped me improve my script's dimension exponentially. I had looked at the script so much that I can't believe I missed a major plot point. Thank you!!" - S. Persons

Grand Prize:

TITLEWRITER
"MANIA" GREG MANIA

Second Place:

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WARRIOR WARRIOR BRIAN MICHAELS

Finalists

TITLEWRITER
"MANIA" GREG MANIA
[REDACTED] NICK WILLIAMS AND MARTY ABBE-SCHNEIDER
HOW TO BE A FREEDOM FIGHTER NATASSIA HALABI
LITTLE F*CKING MONSTERS GABRIEL MARTINEZ
MUSTACHE LAURA MURPHY , EILEEN MATHEWS
THE MONSTER OF PERFECT, CALIFORNIA PAUL SHERIDAN
THE OTHER SPOOKY STORIES TIMOTHY DUNN & SARAH SHOCKEY
THE SHADES MICHAEL BARNETT
TOTALLY SICK ADAM NADLER
WARRIOR WARRIOR BRIAN MICHAELS

Semi Finalists

TITLEWRITER
"MANIA" GREG MANIA
[REDACTED] NICK WILLIAMS AND MARTY ABBE-SCHNEIDER
AGENT M.O.M. JANET SILVERMAN
AY, CHIHUAHUA! DEVI SNIVELY
BECAUSE HADES WON'T TAKE MOBILE PAYMENTS JEFF RACHO
BENEFICIARIES "PILOT" CHRIS TODD
BOOK OF MORGAN DARLA LARSON PHILLIPS
BREAKING POINTS DAVID MACLAREN
CLOVER COUNTY PARANORMAL JUSTIN MORAN
CROHNIE DEREK MARI
CRYSTALS AND RAINBOWS TO YOU STEVE CLEARY
DAUGHTER OF G.O.D. EMILY ASPLAND
DICK 2.0 HENRY SARWER-FONER, NOEL BAKER
EASY AS PIE JOHN WOOD
FAMILY GUY "FOREIGN EX-CHANG" CHRISTOPHER GOOLEY
FERAL BRYAN KETT
FUCK NEW ROME ERIK STERNBERGER
GONER MAX KRONICK
HAPPY MILLIE DAVE PLILER
HAUNTED LA ADRIENNE ARNO
HIGH BELIEFS MICHAEL HEFFERNANN
HOME TEAM MATT TORONTO
HOW TO BE A FREEDOM FIGHTER NATASSIA HALABI
IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY SPEC "THE GANG BREAKS EVEN" DARREN BROWN
JIMMY STEWART AND THE YETI'S HAND BRUCE SCIVALLY
KIDNAPPING BECKY GABE FONTENOT
LET THE DEVIL TAKE ME JESSICA DIGIACINTO
LITTLE F*CKING MONSTERS GABRIEL MARTINEZ
LOADED & ROLLING JAMES DALESSANDRO
MILLENNIAL MESSIAH KENDALL MILTON
MONIQUE KELLY INVESTIGATES CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL ARONSTEN
MUSTACHE LAURA MURPHY , EILEEN MATHEWS
NOMADS BRENT HARTINGER
ON THE LAM AM ARNO
ONE TWENTY AND CHANGE MARK RASHID
PIECE OF SHIT TIME TRAVELERS KARIN WELLS AND JANE MAY
PLEDGE DRIVE ERIC RUDNICK
POKER PRINCESSES MARK MEINHARDT
SILICON VALLEY: "THE ENEMIES WITHIN" JOHN ROSANS
SPACE CAPTAIN SMITH! JOHN PALFERY-SMITH
SPECIAL NEEDS 101 FRANCESCO BLASONATO
TANDOORI APOCALYPSE BARRY DUFFIELD
THE CHEMISTRY OF JOY MONIQUE PATTERSON
THE CHOSEN ONE KEVIN LOUGHNANE
THE DAD CAVE NELSON DOWNEND
THE DIET CATHERINE K. HURD
THE FIRST LADY JAMES DYLAN
THE MONSTER OF PERFECT, CALIFORNIA PAUL SHERIDAN
THE NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME FAMILY RICHARD WILLETT
THE OTHER SPOOKY STORIES TIMOTHY DUNN & SARAH SHOCKEY
THE PORNOVSKY BROTHERS DAVID W. BERTONI, RICK HALPERN
THE SHADES MICHAEL BARNETT
TO MILES ISLAND AIONA BYUWEK
TOTALLY SICK ADAM NADLER
WARRIOR WARRIOR BRIAN MICHAELS
WE'LL MAKE GREAT PETS JOSH POLEY
WELCOME TO VALHALLA KARL MATHER
WHAT IF I'M NOT? RYAN MILLIS

Quarter Finalists

TITLEWRITER
"MANIA" GREG MANIA
"NO ROOM FOR TROUBLE" DEBBIE CLARK/PATRICIA KEATING
[REDACTED] NICK WILLIAMS AND MARTY ABBE-SCHNEIDER
A.B. IS AND E.T. AARON YARBER
AGENT M.O.M. JANET SILVERMAN
ALICE THE IMPOSSIBLE J JABBOUR
ALLIE SUMMONS A VAMPIRE JOSH MONTOYA
ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE MARK WILLIAMS
ATLANTA SEASON 3 SPEC SCRIPT - "LEVEL UP" AARON DANTLEY
AY, CHIHUAHUA! DEVI SNIVELY
BECAUSE HADES WON'T TAKE MOBILE PAYMENTS JEFF RACHO
BENEFICIARIES "PILOT" CHRIS TODD
BEYOND SUFFERN MARK GALLINI
BIGFOOT MEETS THE MARTIANS! MIKE SHERLOCK
BILLIONAIRE BATTLE ALEX BEATTIE
BLOODLANDIA AMANDA NOLAN
BLOWOUT JACQUELINE MROZ
BOARD TO DEATH JODI TETI
BOOK OF MORGAN DARLA LARSON PHILLIPS
BREAKING POINTS DAVID MACLAREN
CARTWRIGHT CONNOR FINNERTY
CLICHE HOLIDAY RANDY CRUTS
CLOVER COUNTY PARANORMAL JUSTIN MORAN
COMFORT ZONE CHRISSY LESSEY
CONFESSION NIKKI PALUMBO
CRAZY CAT LADY CARRIE MCCRAY
CROHNIE DEREK MARI
CRYSTALS AND RAINBOWS TO YOU STEVE CLEARY
CYBORN MARK RENSHAW
DANCING WITH MYSELF CARL HIPPENSTEEL
DAUGHTER OF G.O.D. EMILY ASPLAND
DICK 2.0 HENRY SARWER-FONER, NOEL BAKER
EARTH-LIKE SARAH K. MOSS
EASY AS PIE JOHN WOOD
EXORCISED JEREMY I. PADOW
FAMILY GUY "FOREIGN EX-CHANG" CHRISTOPHER GOOLEY
FERAL BRYAN KETT
FUCK NEW ROME ERIK STERNBERGER
GONER MAX KRONICK
HAPPY CAMPERS MICHI BROMAN
HAPPY MILLIE DAVE PLILER
HAUNTED LA ADRIENNE ARNO
HIGH BELIEFS MICHAEL HEFFERNANN
HOME TEAM MATT TORONTO
HOW TO BE A FREEDOM FIGHTER NATASSIA HALABI
I'LL BE DEAD FOR CHRISTMAS GEORGE GRAHAM
INSTANT KARMA ERIC CHRISTOPHERSON
IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY SPEC "THE GANG BREAKS EVEN" DARREN BROWN
JIMMY STEWART AND THE YETI'S HAND BRUCE SCIVALLY
JUST THE TWO OF US BARBARA GALLEN
KIDNAPPING BECKY GABE FONTENOT
KNICKERS PILOT ELISABETH DALE
KNOCKING ON LIFE'S DOOR JAMES STEVEN FELICIANO
LET THE DEVIL TAKE ME JESSICA DIGIACINTO
LITTLE F*CKING MONSTERS GABRIEL MARTINEZ
LOADED & ROLLING JAMES DALESSANDRO
LOVE NOT LIKES KENDALL MILTON
MCBRIDES ERNA MUELLER
MILLENNIAL MESSIAH KENDALL MILTON
MONIQUE KELLY INVESTIGATES CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL ARONSTEN
MUSTACHE LAURA MURPHY , EILEEN MATHEWS
MY LIFE WITH CATS BEAR KOSIK
NOAH CHRISTIAN PAPAGIANNIS
NOMADS BRENT HARTINGER
NUTCRACKERS CHRISSY LESSEY
ON THE LAM AM ARNO
ONE TWENTY AND CHANGE MARK RASHID
PENETRATE SCRIPT JACLYN PARKER
PIECE OF SHIT TIME TRAVELERS KARIN WELLS AND JANE MAY
PITCHING TENTS CODY PETERSON
PLAYING THE PALACE ALEX WILLIAMS
PLEDGE DRIVE ERIC RUDNICK
POKER PRINCESSES MARK MEINHARDT
PROS & CONS SARAH J. EAGEN
PUNCH IT OUT MARK POTTS
SHOOTING PALMER ANGIE LOUISE AND SUE CORCORAN
SILICON VALLEY: "THE ENEMIES WITHIN" JOHN ROSANS
SPACE CAPTAIN SMITH! JOHN PALFERY-SMITH
SPECIAL NEEDS 101 FRANCESCO BLASONATO
TANDOORI APOCALYPSE BARRY DUFFIELD
THE CHEMISTRY OF JOY MONIQUE PATTERSON
THE CHOSEN ONE KEVIN LOUGHNANE
THE DAD CAVE NELSON DOWNEND
THE DIET CATHERINE K. HURD
THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF L. LOVELACE ANDREW MESCHER
THE FEED GUSTAVE CADET & JACOB CHATTMAN
THE FIRST LADY JAMES DYLAN
THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR JAMES BOGGAN
THE GALWAY HOOKERS EAMONN SHAUGHNESSY
THE GOLDBERGS - APPLE TABLE PENNY REBECCA L WILLIAMS SPINDLER
THE MEENAHAN SISTERS CAROL FARRAND
THE MONSTER OF PERFECT, CALIFORNIA PAUL SHERIDAN
THE NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME FAMILY RICHARD WILLETT
THE OTHER SPOOKY STORIES TIMOTHY DUNN & SARAH SHOCKEY
THE PORNOVSKY BROTHERS DAVID W. BERTONI, RICK HALPERN
THE PYSANKY CONNECTION PHINEAS R FISKE
THE SCUMBAGS OF '83 JOHN SARTORI
THE SHADES MICHAEL BARNETT
THE WEDDING BAND REID JOHNS
THE YOUNG FRESHMEN MEGAN IRENE
TO DIE ALONE DAVIN INTSIFUL
TO MILES ISLAND AIONA BYUWEK
TOTALLY SICK ADAM NADLER
VIRTUALLY PRESIDENT DAN HART
WARRIOR WARRIOR BRIAN MICHAELS
WE'LL MAKE GREAT PETS JOSH POLEY
WELCOME TO VALHALLA KARL MATHER
WHAT IF I'M NOT? RYAN MILLIS
WILL AND GRACE SCMINIMALISM ANNE ROBINSON

Contest Prizes

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

  • Flight to Los Angeles to meet with executives from Zero Gravity Management, Schemers Entertainment, Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment, and Whitewater Films as well as calls with NBCUniversal and A+E Networks.
  • Logline sent to over 500 industry executives, managers, agents and producers
  • Script title and logline listed on Stage 32

 

2ND PLACE / RUNNER UP

  • Two Skype meetings with an industry executive
  • Logline sent to over 500 industry executives, managers, agents and producers
  • Script development notes from a Stage 32 executive
  • 2 Stage 32 Happy Writers online pitch sessions
  • Free Stage 32 Next Level Webinar
  • Script title and logline listed on Stage 32

 

ALL FINALISTS

  • Will have their loglines shared with over 500 industry executives, managers, agents and producers

Our Track Record

The Stage 32 Comedy contest has resulted in numerous success stories for our winners and finalists. Last year’s winner Diana Wright was signed to The Cartel and Abrams Artists Agency! Check out her video here: 

 

 

Our 2017 winners, Anthony Guidubaldi & Keith Strausbaugh (Shorebreak), were flown to LA and sent on a whirlwind of meetings with executives and production companies resulting in:

  • Amasia Entertainment requested their horror comedy script and a mockumentary they produced.
  • Lionsgate's LOL Network requested their animation pilot and asked for a sketch packet.
  • Big Beach Films requested their short film Baby Grand.
  • Panay Films is going into development on a spec pilot written by Keith & Anthony!

 

Our 2017 Winners, Anthony Guidubadi & Keith Strausbaugh, Talk About their Industry Meetings All Over Hollywood!

 

And our 2016 Comedy Contest winner, Kelly Anelons (Life's a Beaut), was also set up on a whirlwind tour around town meeting with numerous executives. We finished the week by setting Kelly up for meetings with two of the most respected comedy writer, director, producers in town: Jerry Zucker (Airplane, Naked Gun, My Best Friends Wedding) and Scot Armstrong (Old School, The Hangover II, Road Trip)! How's that for access!?

 

Contest Judges

Molly Hurwitz (Judge)

Molly Hurwitz (Judge) - Lit/Talent Manager, Zero Gravity Management

Molly Hurwitz is a Manager and Producer at Zero Gravity Management, a management and production company with over 500 clients and over 20 productions under their belt. They've recently begun producing TV projects with Netflix's "Ozark" and have worked on features including THE ACCOUNTANT, A FAMILY MAN, and RUNNING SCARED.

Molly represents both literary and talent clients, with her primary focus on comedy. She started her career at ICM Partners agency where she worked with great comedians such as Orny Adams, before she moved to Zero Gravity Management, where she has clients involved with projects such at Netflix's Dear White People, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return, Silicon Valley, Entourage, The Colbert Report and more.   

Her favorite show is "Frasier", and her favorite movie is BEST IN SHOW.

Fiorela Canaj (Judge)

Fiorela Canaj (Judge) - Business Development & Strategy, NBCUniversal

A native of Connecticut, Fiorela began her career as an Office PA on the Showtime series “The Big C”. From there she received her MFA from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television and went on to work in scripted at Electus, a production company run by Ben Silverman ("The Office", "Ugly Betty").

Fiorela left Electus to join the Current Department at the NBCUniversal Cable Scripted Networks (Syfy, USA, E!, Bravo) where she helped manage over 26 scripted series across the four brands. For USA, she worked on series including Anonymous Content's "Mr. Robot" starring Rami Malek and Carly Chaikin, Legendary Television's "Colony" starring Josh Holloway and Sarah Wayne Callies, and Hypnotic's "Suits" starring Gabriel Macht and Meghan Markle. On Syfy, she worked on series including DC Entertainment's "Krypton" and Original Film's "Happy" starring Christopher Meloni and Patton Oswalt. She also worked on series including "Imposters" for Bravo and "The Arrangement" for E!.

Fiorela currently works in Business Development and Strategy for NBCUniveral Digital Enterprises, but maintains a large network in scripted development.

Kerry Saxena (Judge)

Kerry Saxena (Judge) - Content Development, A+E Networks

Kerry Saxena is in Content Development for A+E Networks, the joint venture between Hearst Communications and Disney-ABC that includes A&E, History, Lifetime, Viceland, FYI, and Crime+Investigation.

A&E series include the scripted dramas "Bates Motel", "Longmire", "Damien", "Roots" and "The Returned", and the unscripted series "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath", "Wahlburgers", "Mountain Men", and "The Killing Season". The History channel airs competition shows like "Forged In Fire", and "Top Shot", scripted programs like "Six", "Project Blue Book", and "Vikings", and unscripted series including "Ax Men", "The Men Who Built America", and "Ice Road Truckers". Viceland is know for shows like the competition series "King of the Road", FYI is known for their biographical series like "I Survived...", and Crime+Investigation focuses on crime shows like "Casanova Killers".

Kerry got his start working at The Gersh Agency in the TV Literary Department before assisting the CFO/COO of the entire agency. He then moved to Content Development at FOX Digital, which produced acclaimed series including ABC's Boondoggle starring Ty Burrells of "Modern Family" fame, and Small Shots, Bad Samaritans, The Ropes, Suit Up, and Let's Big Happy.; and films including Netflix's Parallels, Mono, Floor 9.5 starring Georgina Campbell, How To Be a Man starring Liam Aiken, Normal Doors starring Emily Bett Rickards & Milana Vayntrub, Tenured starring Kate Flannery of "The Office" fame. Kerry focused on Comedies at FOX and continues to bring his eye for comedy and comedy connections to his work at A+E.

Daniel Seco (Judge)

Daniel Seco (Judge) - Manager, Schemers Entertainment

Daniel Seco is a Manager at Schemers Entertainment, a leading management and production company helmed by veteran Producer/Manager Gavin Dorman. In 2019, Schemers released the indie feature film, To the Stars with Malin Ackerman and Tony Hale, which was nominated for the Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Daniel represents writers and directors in film, television and digital streaming. Additionally, Schemers produces independent films including FAMILY BLOOD, ANGUISH, and RUN ALL NIGHT with companies including Netflix, Warner Bros., and Blumhouse.

Prior to Schemers, Daniel was at Resolution, and in the Motion Picture Literary Departments of CAA and Writ Large.

Molly Welsh (Judge)

Molly Welsh (Judge) - Assistant to Aaron Kaplan & Sean Perrone, Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment

Molly Welsh works with Jeff Tomsic, the feature film director behind the smash comedy, Tag with Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, and Isla Fisher.

Previously, Molly worked for industry leading management and production company, Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment for company founders Aaron Kaplan and Sean Perrone.

Prior to Kaplan/Perrone, Molly worked at DreamWorksTV, the Gersh Agency, Redbull Media, and with television director Phil Traill ("The Middle", "Fresh Off the Boat") and Dean Craig (Death at a Funeral) offering feedback on their projects during the development/ brainstorming process.

Sarah J. Cornelius (Judge)

Sarah J. Cornelius (Judge) - Creative & Production Executive, Whitewater Films

Sarah Cornelius is the Creative and Production Executive at Whitewater Films, an independent production company spearheaded by veteran producer Rick Rosenthal. Whitewater Films recently completed their feature Standing Up, Falling Down, starring Billy Crystal & Ben Schwartz with first-time director Matt Ratner.

Rick Rosenthal has more than 100 credits including, Bad Boys, "Transparent", "Beauty and the Beast", Halloween 2, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and"Smallville".

Whitewater has produced numerous notable films which have won Independent Spirit Awards, the Sundance Directing Award, a Primetime Emmy, as well as collecting nominations for an Oscar and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize.

Whitewater has produced projects for Paramount Classics, The Orchard, Showtime, CNN Films, Netflix, IFC, and Samuel Goodwyn Films.

 

Winner Announcements

May 24
Quarter-Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Jun 07
Semi-Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Jun 21
Finalists Announced
on Stage 32
Jul 12
Contest Winners Announced
on Stage 32
* Announcement dates subject to change.
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