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Note: Links open in new window. "*" indicates that festival has included queer comedians in the past. Omissions simply indicate not knowing that for certain.
When we hear of a new date for a fest, it is updated here. Fests that have a past date may not have a new date scheduled yet, but check their website to be certain.
For a list of gay pride festivals, visit InterPride.org

The Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals has links to Fests in Canada and other parts of North America.

January SF Sketchfest, San Francisco Sketch Comedy Festival, January 24-February 10, 2013 *
Chicago SketchFest, January 3-13, 2013 *
International Improvisation Theatre Festival, Amsterdam, NL, January 22-26, 2013
February Leicester Comedy Festival, Leicester, England, February 6-15, 2009 *
North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, February 13-22, 2009
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras has included a queer comedy show.
HBO Comedy Arts Festival, Aspen, Colorado, February 28-March 4, 2007 (The festival is no longer in Aspen or run by HBO - it is now in Las Vegas in November, sponsored by TBS and called The Comedy Festival.
South Beach Comedy Festival, Miami, FL, February 29-MArch 3, 2012 *
March OutLaugh Gay and Lesbian Comedy Festival, New York, LA, Lake Tahoe, Salt Lake City, March 4-7, 2009 *
Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival, Glasgow, Scotland, March 12-29, 2009 *
Big Laugh Comedy Festival, Sydney, Australia, March 22-April 1, 2007
Melbourne International Comedy Festival, March 24- April 18, 2010*
April Winnipeg Comedy Festival, April 15-19, 2009
Chicago Improv Festival, April 13-19, 2009 *
Bay Area Black Comedy Competition and Festival, Oakland, CA, April 4, 2009
Russian River Comedy Festival and Comepetion, Guerneville, California. April 24-25, 2009 *
Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest, Austin, Texas. April 25-28, 2012 *
Calgary Canada Comedy Festival (Funny Fest), April 29-May 9, 2010 *
May New Zealand International Comedy Festival, May 1-24 2009, Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand *
Funny Women comptition and awards, various locations in the UK, May 2009
We're Funny That Way, Toronto, Canada, International Gay and Lesbian Comedy and Music Festival May 7-9, 2009 *
New Hampshire GLBT Comedy Festival, May 10, 2009 *
New York Arab American Comedy Festival, May 11-May 14, 2009
Queer Up North, Manchester, England, May 12-25, 2009 *
Camp Comedy, gay comedy festival, Singapore, May 18-21, 2006 *
The Cat Laughs, Kilkenny, Ireland, 28 May-1 June, 2009
June California's Funniest Female Contest, Huntington Beach, California, June-August 2009
Aspen RooftopComedy Festival, June 11-14, 2009
SketchFest NYC, New York, NY, June 11-13, 2009
Austin Latino Comedy Fiesta, Austin, TX, June 11-13, 2009
Just For Laughs Chicago, Chicago, IL, June 17-21, 2009 *
Snubfest, Chicago, IL, June 25-28, 2009
San Francisco Improv Festival, June 2009
July Fresh Fruit Festival, LGBT performance festival, New York, NY, July 13-27, 2009 *
Just For Laughs, Montreal, Canada, July 16-26, 2009 *
Laugh Your Asheville Off!, Asheville, NC, July 16-18, 2009
August Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. August 7-31, 2009 *
See also Gay:Ed:Fest, formerly known as the Gay Guide to the Edinburgh Festvial
Harlem Comedy Festival, New York, NY. August 13-18, 9007
FringeNYC -- The New York International Fringe Festvial, August 14-30, 2009 *
Miami Improv Festival, Miami, FL, August 22-24, 2008
Boston Comedy Festival, Aug 30-September 5, 2009 *
September San Francisco International Comedy Competition, September & October, 2008 *
Columbus National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival, Columbus, Ohio (2008 festival cancelled) *
Bulmers International Comedy Festival, Dublin, Ireland, September, 2009 *
San Francisco Fringe Festival Sept 3-14, 2008 *
Vancouver Fringe Festival, Sept 3-21, 2008 *
Magners Big Tickle Comedy Festival, Derry/Londonderry, Ireland. September 5-14, 2008
Sacramento Comedy Festival, September 12-20, 2014
Vancouver International Comedy Festival, September 17-27, 2009 *
Comedy Day in the Park, San Francisco, Sunday 20, 2009 *
Long Beach Comedy Festival in Long Beach, CA, September 25-28, 2008
October Canadian Comedy Awards & Festival, St. John, NB. October 1 - 4, 2009*
Birmingham Comedy Festival, Birmingham, UK, October 3-12, 2008 *
New York Underground Comedy Festival, October 2-11, 2009
Paramount Brighton Comedy Festival, Brighton, England, October 4-25, 2008 *
San Francisco Comedy & Burrito Festival, San Francisco, CA, October 11-13, 2012 *
OUT On The Edge, Annual Festival of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Theater, Boston, Oct 18-Nov 8, 2008 *
Köln Comedy Festival, Köln, Germany, October 15-31, 2009
November New York Comedy Festival, November 5-9, 2008
The Comedy Festival (TBS), Las Vegas, NV, November 20-22, 2008 *
December Granite State Comedy Fest, Portsmouth, NH, Dec 7-9 2012 *

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