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Description
Kids and teens need every opportunity to be themselves and have fun in a safe environment. They also need a creative place to build confidence, sharpen their minds, and learn to work as a team. Sacramento Comedy Foundation's The Improv Kids youth improv program has it all.

This program launched in January 2018 as monthly improv classes. As of January 2019, we have changed those classes to weekly drop-in improv sessions for kids (ages 9-13) and teens (ages 13-17) at the Comedy Spot Training Center. Having a weekly drop-in class allows kids and teens to participate at a lower cost, and on their own schedule.

We are currently partnering with The Center to develop after-school improv programs for middle and high schools. We would like to bring our improv classes to students instead of having students come to us. Offering these programs in schools will allow participation by students for whom transportation and money is a barrier.
Budget
$5,000
Program Successes
This program was launched January 2018 and hundreds of children have already participated in our classes. Our hope for 2019 is to expand this program to even more kids and teens.
Description
We believe that a more diverse community is a stronger community. Sacramento Comedy Foundation is committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion, at all levels of our organization. We want all of our patrons to see themselves represented on our stage.

To further that cause, Sacramento Comedy Foundation provides scholarships for comedy classes through Sacramento Comedy Spot to those who have been historically underrepresented and for whom money is a barrier.

Scholarships are awarded on a case-by-case, and class-by-class, basis for all levels of our improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy classes. You do not have to audition for this scholarship, but you must begin at the 101 level for each type of class. The scholarship is for the opportunity to participate in a class. The recipient does not receive a cash award.
Budget
$6,000
Program Successes
This program was launched in December 2017. In the first year, we award 15 scholarships. In 2019, our goal is to award 36 scholarships per year.
Description
People of Color (POC) Improv Space offers a unique opportunity for students who identify as POC to explore the comedic arts in a safe and nurturing environment. The Comedy Spot believes that a more diverse community is a stronger community. We are committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion, at all levels of our organization. We want all of our patrons to see themselves represented on our stage.

This monthly workshop is FREE to participants. No prior experience necessary! Each month will focus on a new theme with relevant exercises, co-lead by local improv instructors Justine Lopez and Betsaida LeBron.
Budget
$1,000
Program Successes
This program started Fall 2018 is is already one of our most successful programs.
Description
Sacramento Comedy Foundation is pretty darn good at producing comedy shows and events. We have decided to partner with other local, charitable organizations to help them achieve their goals. We want to help make a difference in Sacramento by supporting amazing charities.

The Foundation books and produces a comedy show at the Comedy Spot. The partnering charity retains the net income from ticket sales. The partnering nonprofit promotes the show and encourages their community to buy tickets. Sacramento Comedy Foundation, in conjunction with the Comedy Spot, promotes the show using all available resources, including the Foundation and Comedy Spot websites, weekly newsletter, and social media.

This program not only allows us to support outstanding local charities, it also allows us to support local comedians by giving them a paid gig and exposure to new fans.

To ensure each organization is successful and earns their full potential, the Foundation will pre-qualify each charity to make sure the following criteria is met:

The organization is a nonprofit
The organization conducts business in and around Sacramento and has a significant impact on our community
The organization has enough of a fan base, mailing list, social media presence, etc. to reach a large audience and ensure the greatest amount of success
Budget
$5,000
Program Successes
This program was launched January 2018 and earned over $6000 for local charities. We have partnered with some great organizations:

Rainbow Festival
Heroic Girls
Women's Empowerment
Sacramento Area Animal Coalition
Partnership to End Domestic Violence
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Reading Partners
Description
New for 2019! Fem Fest, March 29 and 30, 2019, is a weekend of women in improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy. This year's lineup will feature local comedians and comedy groups as well as participants from Los Angeles and the Bay area. More details to follow!
Budget
$5,000
Program Successes
We hope this event will turn into another Sacramento Comedy Foundation annual event!
Description
The ninth annual Sacramento Comedy Festival will be held Thursday, October 3 - Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Sacramento Comedy Spot. This event features improv groups, stand-up comedians, and sketch comedy groups from all over the country. It's also an opportunity for comedians to network with each other and perform in one of the best comedy cities in the United States.

History:
Sacramento Comedy Festival was created in 2011 by Brian Crall, comedian and President of Sacramento Comedy Foundation, which operates Sacramento Comedy Spot.

2011 - Sacramento Comedy Festival began as a four-day event, featuring comedians from mostly Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

2012 - Sacramento Comedy Festival expanded to seven days and featured comedians from all over the West Coast, including Portland and Denver.

2013 - Sacramento Comedy Festival expanded to nine days, adding the Stand-Up Comedy Competition, with a $1,000 first-place prize. Comedians participated from all over the country, from San Francisco to New York.

2014 - Sacramento Comedy Festival expanded the Stand-Up Competition to include a wildcard round, featured the famed Cambridge Footlights from England, and broke attendance levels.

2015 - Steven Bloom was appointed Executive Director of Sacramento Comedy Festival. Steven expanded the festival by including all Sacramento full-time, and many part-time, comedy venues.

2016 - In 2016, the Stand-Up Comedy Competition separated from the Sacramento Comedy Festival to become its own event. Sacramento Comedy Festival was a jam-packed, three-day event, featuring our favorite improv, stand-ups, and sketch comedy groups, held exclusively at Sacramento Comedy Spot. The festival is a showcase of national and local talent.

2017 - OUR BIGGEST FESTIVAL YET! Great shows. Great audiences. Time to expand in 2018.

2018 - Expanded back to 4 days with sold out shows all festival long!
Budget
$5,000
Program Successes
Sacramento Comedy Festival has attracted hundreds of comedians from around to world to participate in this celebration of all types of comedy.
Description
The seventh annual Sacramento Stand-Up Competition will be held July 26-27, 2019 at Sacramento Comedy Spot. This event features comedians from all over the country competing for a $1,000 Grand Prize and over $2000 in total prize money. It is not only a competition, but an opportunity to for comedians to network with each other, meet industry professionals, and perform in one of the best comedy cities in the United States.

History:
The Sacramento Stand-Up Competition was founded in 2013 by Brian Crall as part of the Sacramento Comedy Festival. In 2016, the competition split from the festival and became its own annual event with a focus on giving both participants and attendees a fun and unique comedy experience. The competition has featured hundreds of comedians from across the country, from New York to Sacramento.
Budget
$5,000
Program Successes
The seventh annual Sacramento Stand-Up Competition will be held July 26-27, 2019 at Sacramento Comedy Spot. This event has attracted comedians to Sacramento from all over the country and paid thousands to up-and-coming talent.
Description
New for 2019! Starting in the spring of 2019, Sacramento Comedy Foundation will be sponsoring comedians and comedy groups to attend festivals in cities around the United States. Comedians who attend festivals are able to network, increase their fan base, and improve their performances by seeing other comedians and comedy groups in different cities.

Some comedians are not able to participate in festivals because of expenses, including application fees, hotel, air travel, and ground transportation. Sacramento Comedy Foundation would like to help with those costs. By sponsoring local comedians to attend festivals, they are able to improve upon their performances and, at the same time, we show comedians, clubs, bookers, and fans that Sacramento has a thriving comedy scene.
Budget
$1,000
Program Successes
In 2019, Sacramento Comedy Foundation will award a limited number of sponsorships to test and refine the program. We are looking forward to expanding the program in the future.