GRAND Festival of Laughter, organized by the Eastern Bohemian Theatre since 2001, is a competitive showcase of comedic creations of theatres from the Czech Republic. The theatres allowed to enter the competitive showcase must meet one main criterion: they are repertory theatres with their own set of actors. Agency theatres and purpose-built groups of actors are not allowed to enter the competition.
The comedy shows are judged by a professional jury that awards the Professional Jury Prize. An alternative to the professional jury is the student duty, which awards the Student Jury Prize. The audience votes on who will receive the Audience Comedy Prize. The sum of all votes decides the best comedy act and who receives the Comedy of the Year Award. There are also awards for the best female and male actor.
Pardubice = the capital of laughter!