Montclair State Students Invited to Compete in New Jersey Comedy Festival

Are you always making your friends laugh? Do you have what it takes to be crowned the NJ “King of Campus Comedy”? See just how funny you are when The New Jersey Comedy Festival comes to Montclair State.

Students from Montclair State are invited to perform in the second annual New Jersey Comedy Festival alongside students from Bloomfield College, Passaic County Community College, Bergen Community College and Essex County College. If performing isn’t for you, all students are welcome to attend and cheer their classmates on.

Montclair State is one of the college campuses hosting the competition. Students from New Jersey colleges will be competing throughout the fall for the title of NJ “King of Comedy.” Three winners from each school will perform at the Championship finals held at Monmouth University on December 6 for the title.

Participants will have five minutes to perform original stand-up comedy. Celebrity judges including Master of Ceremonies TJ Del Reno from Comedy Central, comedian and Montclair alumna Maureen Langan, Craig Neier, the owner of Catch a Rising Star comedy club in Princeton and Steven Gorelick, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission, will rate the comics on originality, stage presence, material and audience reaction.

In addition to the crown, the winner will receive a $1,000 cash grand prize, a scholarship to the Manhattan Comedy School and the opportunity to perform at Catch a Rising Star in Princeton, the home to open and coming comedians for more than three decades.

Last year, 87 students from 12 New Jersey colleges performed their stand-up routines and 27 finalists were chosen to compete in the finals. Last year’s winner Adam Mamawala from the College of New Jersey, won a $1,000 cash grand prize and the opportunity to appear at Carolines on Broadway in New York City.

For more information, a complete schedule and list of colleges competing, visit  This event is sponsored by the SGA.