At the core of LIT's mission statement, we provide comedy in an inclusive and positive environment while supporting students and performers in their development as artists. LIT Comedy, Inc. believes that everyone, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation should experience the gift of comedy and the many life skills it helps develop in a safe, supportive way and is actively working to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of our institution and associated programming. Our goal is to open doors, create a bridge, and make this work accessible and inclusive. We firmly believe that unique experiences and points of view are at the core of the art form our artists create and reflective of the audiences, students, and clients we serve.
When Are LIT Auditions?
LIT Holds Auditions Every Summer & By Appointment Throughout The Season If Needed
AUDITION SIGN-UP DEADLINE
Saturday, July 11th 11:59 PM (Early)
Tuesday, August 11th 11:59 PM (Final)
E-MAIL CONFIRMATION WITH AUDITION TIME
Sunday, July 12th 11:59 PM (For those who sign-up by 7/11)
Three business days after form received (For those who sign-up after 7/11)
Online. Links will be sent in confirmation e-mail.
ROUND I AUDITIONS
Individual auditions are held in 20-minute increments during the below days & times:
SUNDAYS, JULY 19TH, 26TH, AUGUST 2ND & 9TH 5 PM - 10 PM
SATURDAYS, AUGUST 8TH & 15TH 1 PM - 5 PM
All callback auditions for specific house teams will be conducted during the team's rehearsal, and this information will be sent to you after your Round I audition if necessary. Not all teams, projects or programs require a callback audition. If you're invited to a callback, you'd only need to attend one of the following days/time:
SUNDAY, AUGUST 2ND, 9TH OR 16TH 2 PM - 3 PM
SUNDAY, AUGUST 30TH AT 1 PM (For all 2020-21 Laugh Index Players)
Start the week of Sunday, August 30th. Times & days vary by team.
Am I LIT?
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSS
What are LIT's annual open-call auditions?
LIT holds its annual open-call auditions every July for all of its programs and teams for the upcoming season. The auditions happen every year at the same time and are open to anyone at any level. They are for all programs, advanced classes, teams and special projects at LIT. It is the best way to get involved with LIT. The deadline to sign-up is July 11th.
What if I miss the July 11th sign-up deadline or can't make the audition dates & times listed?
You should still sign-up to audition. We will place those who sign-up late in any open rounds that we have, and we often add rounds to accommodate the number of people auditioning so additional dates and times can pop up. If you can't make the original dates, we will work you into the added rounds.
I don't have any training or performance experience. Should I still audition?
Of course! What do you have to lose? We pride ourselves in having the most fun audition process ever. We also are very skilled at assessing your potential and evaluating which team or program would be best for you. There have been circumstances where individuals with no formal training or performance experience have made house teams and have gone on to be very successful at LIT and beyond.
What do I need to prepare for the auditions?
This information will be provided to you in your e-mail with your audition time on July 12th. So, don't stress.
How do the auditions work?
Everyone who is new to LIT goes through our Round I audition process. Some teams may require a callback audition.
Do I have to audition if I want to enroll in a class?
If you want to be considered for any of our advanced classes, yes. If you're interested in any of our 101 classes, then no.
What are the differences between house teams, performance classes and the other programs?
House Teams run for the life of the theatre and consist of players who are ready to create content and shows -- improvised or scripted. If you feel that you are ready to create content or perform in advanced formats like the Harold, longer stand-up routines or hour-long scripted shows, then you should select the house team option on your form. Performance Classes are for six months and are for advanced students who want more coaching and individual feedback while receiving regular performances.
The Conservatory is a year-long program devoted to teaching students multiple forms of comedy and showcasing them in their own shows. The Conservatory functions as a stand-up, improv, sketch class all in one!
Writers' Rooms -- These rooms are for those who want to write content in any format: sketch, plays, poems, satire, screen, etc. You must submit a writing sample for consideration. LIT's Writers' Rooms focus on workshopping your individual, written material.
Do professional writers, comics, actors and theatre/comedy teachers audition?
Yes, they do. Even professionals value having a home base where they can work and perform with other creatives. LIT provides a regular, consistent schedule so players have a way to ensure they're constantly on stage, training or getting material seen.
What are dues?
For classes, students pay tuition. For house teams, performers pay dues. The dues cover the cost of the team's rehearsal (space & director). Dues are necessary because there's no source of revenue that can cover the team's costs. This is a standard practice nationwide with house teams at major comedy theatres. LIT's house team dues range anywhere from $650 - $750 a season depending on the type of team and number of players. Dues are paid annually.
What's the benefit of paying dues?
Because LIT's auditions are an open-call process with no prerequisites and assuming you have a successful audition, you avoid having to spend money on required classes first. If you're ready to perform, you're ready. The benefits to being on a team are similar to having a personal trainer: you have a regular schedule where you can exercise your funny bones. Dues average to less than a monthly cost for a gym, and at LIT you're a part of a vibrant community of creatives and get constant comedy exercise. Many players find that the cost of LIT house team dues are less than what they would spend if they were financing their own independent projects or teams. And with LIT, you get the benefit of stage time, community and affiliation with a theatre. You're not paying to play; you're paying to train.
Do all performers and writers pay dues?
All Laugh Index Players who are committed to a team that rehearses and performs regularly pay dues.
Are there any opportunities for paid work for actors and writers?
For certain one-off projects throughout the season, there will be opportunities for paid work for actors and writers. There will also be opportunities for unpaid work. Neither would require dues payments; however, both would require an audition. After the audition process, successful candidates will be contacted about the upcoming projects and the time frame.
What makes LIT "lit"?
Here's what our players say:
Variety LIT promotes a variety of comedy that you can see and perform at shows.
Diversity There are relatively more people of color and ethnicity, and players from very diverse age-groups. I think this is one of LIT's greatest strengths - to bring people of different perspectives and life-histories together.
Stage-time LIT understands the need of giving its players a lot of stage time. This, personally, has been really helpful for me and my growth as a performer.
Community LIT has given me a space to explore, develop, and utilize my creative talents and performance training. Before joining LIT, I really had nowhere to share and develop my creative energy. I have also made some of my best friends through this program, and I am very grateful for that.