Comedy Basel announces stand-up contest

BASEL, SWITZERLAND – November 11, 2019 – Comedy Basel today announced the details of the 2019 Comedy Basel Championship. The contest, the first of its kind in Switzerland, will take place at KLARA on December 14, 2019 at 20:00. Eight comedians will compete for cash prizes and the title of 2019 Comedy Basel Champion. 

The evening will begin with two qualifying heats. In each heat, four comedians will perform 4 minutes of stand-up comedy. From each of the two heats, two comedians will advance to the final. After the break each of the four finalists will do another 4-minute set. The finalists and winners will be selected based on an audience vote. 

“This contest is a way to raise the profile of English-language stand-up comedy in Basel,” said Markus Seppälä, the founder of Comedy Basel. “The one-night competition format will be high-energy and compact, which I think both the audience and the comedians will enjoy.”

Like all Comedy Basel events, the show will be entirely in English. Entrance is free, with voluntary donations during the show. More information can be found at and


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For more information, please contact Markus Seppälä, +41 78 404 74 85 or

About Comedy Basel

Comedy Basel is the biggest comedy club in Basel, Switzerland, hosting multiple shows every month in premier venues across town. All shows are in English, and performers include international headliners and top local comedians. Through its numerous open mic nights, Comedy Basel welcomes seasoned veterans working on new material as well as new acts trying comedy for the first time. More information can be found at and

About Markus Seppälä

Markus Seppälä is a stand-up comedian and lawyer originally from Sweden, based in Basel, Switzerland. He is a roller coaster enthusiast passionate about Excel and failing. On stage he shares self-deprecating travel stories and reflects on split identities. Performing in English, German, Swedish and Finnish, he has made the audience laugh in the US, UK, Japan, China and all across Europe. Markus runs Comedy Basel, the biggest  comedy club in town.