A TV Comedy Pitch Initiative for Comedy Performers

Presented by Just for Laughs and the New York Television Festival


Winner Announced

Congrats to this year's winner in the annual Just for Laughs-NYTVF "Set to Screen" Comedy Pitch Competition:

  • Alice Moran and Jon Blair for Old Man


Finalists Announced

Congrats to this year's finalists in the annual Just for Laughs-NYTVF "Set to Screen" Comedy Pitch Competition:

  • Ernie Bustamante for Banned in Tucson
  • Alice Moran and Jon Blair for Old Man
  • Brianna Baker and Blair Beeken for Open
  • Gary Rideout, Jr. and Mark Andrada for Catch 23
  • Jeremy Diamond and Jonas Diamond for The Street


Submission Info - Deadline has passed

Just for Laughs and the NYTVF are looking for hilarious new TV comedy ideas (and the masterminds behind them) to compete in the fourth-annual joint initiative slated for the Just for Laughs ComedyPRO Conference in Montreal, July 27-30. Five finalists will be selected to pitch live during the event before a panel of comedy experts with one winner selected for exclusive showcase opportunities and participation at the 2016 New York Television Festival in October.



What are we looking for?

Some of the world’s most beloved shows have stemmed from comedy performers with a strong story and point of view, from classic television like Roseanne and Seinfeld to new programming ranging from FX’s Louie, Netflix’s Master of None, and Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, to IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! and Amazon’s Transparent. The history of comedy has been built and sustained by comedy performers, and we’re looking for the next big thing – a show that can uniquely translate a comedic voice to the small screen, either in scripted or unscripted programming.


How do you submit?

Submission packets can be uploaded to Just For Laughs upload page and should include the following:

  • Series bible that provides an overview of your show concept as well as an outline of the pilot episode, series progression and professional bios of the creative and production team.
  • Complete pilot script OR pilot episode. NOTE: Where completed pilot video is included in the pitch, it cannot have been produced prior to 2014.
  • Episode Budget Top-Sheet
  • ADDITIONAL video illustrating and/or supporting your series treatment. Examples of video submissions can include, but are not limited to: excerpt of stand-up act, taped sketch that highlights character(s), produced scenes. Submitted video should not exceed fifteen (15) minutes in length.
  • Non-refundable fee of $50.00 USD
  • Full rules and submission requirements can be found at http://comedypro.hahaha.com/pitch-your-project/set-screen-tv-ott-svod/


Please note:





MAY 9, 2016

MAY 16, 2016: Deadline Extended!


Are teams or groups allowed to submit?

Absolutely! Performers that work and/or produce in partnership with writers/directors/producers are welcome to submit a collaborative piece. If you're a performer without a producing partner, this is still an opportunity for you, as long as you have a great idea and can complete the submission requirements outlined above.


What does it mean if I'm selected as a finalist?

Five (5) projects will be selected as finalists and invited to present their pitches during a live event at the Just for Laughs Comedy Conference in Montreal, July 27 - 30. Each finalist will receive a pass to attend the conference, courtesy of Just for Laughs. One winner will selected during the event and invited to participate as an Official Artist in the New York Television Festival, October 24 – 29. All finalists and the winner will retain the rights to their projects throughout the process.


What does “Official Artist” designation at the 2016 NYTVF provide?

The winning pitch and its creator(s) will be invited to the 2016 New York Television Festival to participate as an Official Artist and will enjoy exclusive benefits of NYTVF Connect that are only extended to selected artists. Throughout the week of the Festival there are hundreds of meetings and events – available ONLY to Official Artists – coordinated by the Festival to facilitate meetings, deal making and connections.


To learn more, visit the NYTVF Connect Page.



The NYTVF is a pioneer of the independent television movement, connecting its community of artists with leading networks, studios, agencies, production companies, and brands.



Click here for information about the NYTVF Artist Experience.