Because They’re Funny Comedy Festival

October 6, 2023 all-day
The Wharf in DC's Southwest Waterfront

Because They’re Funny (BTF) a new comedy festival from the producers of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF), and in partnership with Events DC, is focused on highlighting comedic talent within BIPOC communities. Taking place in DC for the first time this October, BTF is seeking submissions from aspiring comics who will have the opportunity
to showcase their talent on stages in the District.

The “Breakout Comic of the Year” is an annual competition to discover emerging BIPOC comedians and guide them to career opportunities in film and television. The top ten will be invited to perform at the festival and compete for $25K in cash prizes, the opportunity to open for a major headline act, and signing by a Hollywood talent agency.

WHO: ABFF has a long legacy of supporting diverse comedians dating back to its inception in 1997. BTF’s mission is to elevate the image of stand-up comedy as an art form, propel a new generation of diverse comedians to stardom, and promote content in the comedy genre created by people of color. BTF producers, Jeff and Nicole Friday have a long legacy of supporting diverse comics. Many of today’s top names have been invited to perform at their film festival including: Cedric the Entertainer, Kevin Hart, Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, J.B.
Smoove, Chris Spencer, D.L, Hughley, Sam Jay, and Yvonne Orji, among others.
This year’s BTF lineup will feature headliner acts, new comic showcases, industry workshops,
panels, film screenings, networking events and parties.

● Date: October 6-8, 2023
● Location: The Wharf in DC’s Southwest Waterfront
● Ticketing information:
HOW: Tickets are on sale now, including the 2-Day Comedy Village Pass, 3-Day Laugh Pass,
and 3-Day Premier Pass.


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