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UW Stands Up|Student Activities Council
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Official Rules

Content and Performance

  1. Content can be on any subject in any style.
  2. Each comedian must perform work that he or she has created. Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.
  3. UW Stands Up is open to participation from UW students, faculty, staff, and community members as space allows.
  4. In order to be eligible for any prize offered, the participant must be a currently enrolled UW student in good standing with the University.
  5. All props to be approved by SAC staff prior to set.

The Five-Minute Rule

No performance should last longer than five (5) minutes. The time begins when the performance begins, which may well be before the first utterance is made. If the comedian wishes to start over due to a mistake at the beginning of their set, the clock will not restart. A comedian is allowed several full seconds to adjust the microphone and get settled and ready, but as soon as she or he makes a connection with the audience, the timekeeper can start the clock. The comedian does not have an unlimited amount of “mime time.” Starting at 5:10.01, a penalty is automatically deducted from each comedian’s overall score according to the following schedule:

  • 5:10 and under = no penalty
  • 5:10.01-5:20 = -0.5
  • 5:20.01-5:30 = -1.0
  • 5:30.01-5:40 = -1.5
  • 5:40.01-5:50 = -2.0
  • And so on [-0.5 for every 10 seconds over 5:10]

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