homeImage1logosponsor1The Southwest Laughfest is LaughterHours Comedy’s first attempt at a full-scale, especially for the El Paso area. Promoting Laughfest comes with the hope of attracting the top comedic entertainment in the Southwest to this wonderful city, while also drawing the attention of up to 10,000+ tourists, local and national  performers, and all comedy fans across the Southwest. There will be around 500,000+ digital audience also in attendance from across the country, set to look at Southwest Laughfest making El Paso the spot for comedy festivals not just in the Southwest but nationwide! It is the perfect event to showcase El Paso’s and the Southwest’s thriving entertainment community, active redevelopment and new infrastructures.


Currently there are no comedy festivals exclusive to the Southwest. With  a cash prize of $5000, this 11-day festival event will have a stand-up comedy competition large enough to attract some of today’s top comedy performers in the country. The event, held in the summer, will offer offbeat comedy events such as lip sync battles, air guitar competition, customized versions of our ever-popular Trivia Challenge & Karaoke Superstar shows, and new exciting events like our Comedy Chatterbox Theater featuring “Back From Hell” and it’s star Shawn Scarbrough, The Southwest Laughfest offers comedy that everyone can enjoy!


Winner of the comedy competition will receive a $5000 cash prize. Second Place receives $500 (prizes subject to change based on sponsorship). A video competition will award $1000 to the best original comedy short film featuring the city of El Paso, as well as other non-monetary awards to the best shorts of other categories. Prize packages, including sponsor-provided marketing materials, will be awarded to audience members in attendance at every event. Satellite city qualifying rounds for the standup competition will be held in Albuquerque, NM, Corpus Christi, TX, Paris TX, San Antonio, TX, & Tucson, AZ. These satellite rounds will award five comedians (one from each city) a trip to El Paso to compete for the $5000 cash prize! Advertisement space will be provided to all of our featured sponsors to display or feature their service or product directly to our established fanbase. To showcase the variety of venues and talented people El Paso has to offer, all of the aforementioned events will be held at different venues throughout our fine city (satellite competitions withstanding). We have several already familiar venues currently confirmed and have even more new venues with an increase in capacity.

El Paso, Texas is the birthplace of the Southwest, and now it will be known for it’s involvement with comedy entertainment, in all of its forms. The Southwest Laughfest will be promoted to over 750,000+ potential clients/tourists through billboard, print and radio advertising, as well as expecting 1.5 million+ visits/impressions/page views to online digital media through social marketing and promotion. We are expecting 4000+ in attendance total at all El Paso venues, not including the hundreds of comedians from all over the Southwest. Add to those numbers an online interaction of 50,000+ for the digital short film competition and an attendance of 3000+ at all satellite events, Southwest Laughtfest will leave an impression of El Paso comedy on many people throughout the Southwest. The satellites will not only help promote the event to the estimated 5000+ comedians currently operating in the southwest. Not bad for a place once placed 9th in a list of the least funny cities in the country.