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2017 Utica Comedy Cup PLAYOFFS

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Tom Cavallo's Restaurant

40 Genesee St

New Hartford, NY 13413

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It's the 3rd Annual Utica Comedy Cup and the PLAYOFFS are scheduled to be held at Tom Cavallo's Restaurant in New Hartford on the following dates:

  • Saturday, September 23, 2017

  • Saturday, October 7, 2017

  • Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Utica Comedy Cup is Comedy CNY's flagship local stand-up comedy competition and this year we will be accepting entrants from throughout CNY including Syracuse, Rochester, Albany, Buffalo, and Binghamton. A total of 24 comedians will enter and at each event the top 3 will be advanced to the Championship on Saturday, November 25 at Hart's Hill Inn in Whitesboro.

The best comedians are choosen by a combination of judges vote and audience vote with real time voting from your mobile device set up and provided by Disruption Networks. These shows are completely interactive and you will get to cast your vote for your favorite comedians you'd like to see advance to the finals.

The doors for this event will open at 7PM and showtime is scheduled for 8PM. We recommend arriving early for best seating as seating is limited and these shows have regularly sold out in the past.


In order to register please ensure you are selecting the date of the show you'd like to perform on and then purchase a registration for that date. There are 8 spots available on each show and they are first come first serve until all 24 spots are full. Registration cost is $10 and this money will be used to hold your spot and put towards the prize pool.

The 8 comedians will take the stage in a randomized order. That order will be announced at least 24 hours before the show, so you'll know when you're going on.

Each comedian will get 5-7 minutes on stage with a 1 minute buffer if they go over that time. Each comedian must perform a minimum of 5 minutes, but must not exceed 8 minutes. If a performer runs over 8 minutes they will be docked 10% of their votes, over 9 minutes will be docked 20% of their votes, and at 10 minutes the performer will be interrupted and disqualified.

Prior to registering for this competition please ensure that if you are to advance you will be able and available to perform in the finals on Saturday, November 25 at Harts Hill Inn in Whitesboro.


Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of each of the playoff rounds as follows:

•3rd Place: $50
•2nd Place: $100
•1st Place: $150


This is the first year that the Comedy Cup has opened registration to comedians outside the greater Utica area. If you are traveling and require hotel accommodations we have a very limited number of hotel rooms available for a special discounted rate of $50 per night at the Hampton Inn & Suites in New Hartford. If you're interested in using one of these reserved rooms please contact event organizer Phil Farda directly via Facebook. These rooms are available on a first come first serve basis.

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Tom Cavallo's Restaurant

40 Genesee St

New Hartford, NY 13413

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