13th Annual U.S. 2017 Sketch Comedy Competition:

As a writer/producer with credits on several feature films including the multimillion dollar “Cruel World” and the director of a sketch comedy group, event founder, Paul Lawrence saw that while there were plenty of sketch comedy events around the country there seemed to be a real shortage of events that offered sketch comedy artists the opportunity to get exposure to the industry who could offer them career opportunities. So, the International Sketch Comedy Championships were born in 2005 with the goal of having world class sketch comedy groups compete in front of a live audience filled with not only the general public but entertainment industry executives who were searching for the next big stars.

After a wildly successful first year of selling out the historic Los Angeles Theater Centre in downtown LA, the event moved to world famous Laugh Factory for the next couple of years to make it easier for industry executives to attend and offer the finalist groups a chance to perform on a stage that countless thousands if not millions dream of, but very few actually do.

After a couple of very successful years the event was moved to one of the other landmark world famous comedy clubs in Hollywood, the World Famous Improv where another successful show was held to a sold out crowd.
Significant opportunities have developed for several of the finalist groups including the group Competitive Awesome who were seen at the competition by a manager at the prestigious management firm Shapiro/West & Associates and immediately signed as well as having worked with SONY on the animated series 'Liberty Meadows’ among their many career achievements.

Another two time winning group, Projekt Newspeak won the opportunity to have a comedy video produced by the Comedy Time Network, a market leader in the production and distribution of short-form comedy programming with over 50 Million views on Youtube alone. Their video was so successful that over the course of the next year they produced 5 different videos for the network.

And another winning group, were the winners of the CBS Diversity Showcase and have had their talented cast members featured on acclaimed television programming like “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors who were the winners of the CBS Diversity Showcase