‘Because They’re Funny’ American Black Film Festival

October 6, 2023 all-day
The Wharf

The American Black Film Festival will be bringing a NEW comedy festival to DC this October. ‘Because They’re Funny,’ a three-day event will showcase comedic talent within the BIPOC communities, propelling a new generation of stand-up comedians to stardom.

The festival, programmed for comedy fans and industry professionals alike, will take place October 6-8, 2023, at The Wharf on the Southwest Waterfront in Washington, DC. Events DC, the premier host of conventions, sports, entertainment and cultural events in the nation’s capital, is the festival’s presenting partner.

The centerpiece of ‘Because They’re Funny’ is the “Next Up Comedian of the Year” competition, a contest to discover emerging comedians from around the world and guide them to successful careers in Hollywood. Up to 20 contestants will be chosen to perform at the festival to compete for a $25,000 grand prize and talent holding deal with a major studio or network. Comedians interested in the competition are invited to visit www.becausetheyrefunny.com for details. The festival lineup will also feature headline shows, new comic spotlights, celebrity conversations, screenings and exclusive parties.


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