Classical Music/Comedy Contest (WQXR, NY)

WQXR Classical Comedy Contest

Are you a classical musician with a funny side? Are you a comedian with a classical music side? WQXR and Carolines On Broadway have joined forces to create a one-of-a-kind talent contest. You have a chance to play Broadway as part of the New York Comedy Festival!

To enter, visit

WQXR Classical Comedy Contest banner with logos

The event will be taped and broadcast on WQXR, WNYC and public television stations THIRTEEN, WLIW21 and NJTV.

There is a long and grand tradition of mixing classical music and comedy. Did you know SNL’s Ana Gasteyer is a trained violinist? That Jamie Foxx is a classical pianist? From Victor Borge’s musical punctuation; Peter Schickele’s ‘discovery’ of the music of PDQ Bach; Danny Kaye conducting orchestras; Jack Benny and his violin to Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd singing opera, classical music and comedy have often been intertwined.

Musicians and comedians of all shapes and sizes who combine classical music and humor in any way are invited to enter the WQXR Classical Comedy Contest before Monday, October 10th at 11:59pm. Enter by providing a five-minute video of your act, your name, and a few other personal details below. WQXR will announce the semi-finalists at noon on Monday, October 17th and post their submission videos on for comment by the general public. Finalists will perform at Carolines on Broadway on November 8th as part of the New York Comedy Festival. Celebrity judges slated to participate include Peter Schickele of PDQ Bach fame, comedian Robert Klein, IMG’s Charles Hamlen and opera star Deborah Voigt.


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