Nice Crowd Presents BECAUSE THEY'RE FUNNY COMEDY FESTIVAL - Showcasing Comedians of Color - September 27-29, 2024, Washington D.C.

About the Festival

Because They’re Funny (BTF), is a comedy festival from the producers of the American Black Film Festival showcasing BIPOC comedic talent. Now in its second year, the festival is dedicated to promoting entertainment content in the comedy genre that features people of color, as well as propelling a new generation of diverse comedians to stardom. Created for anyone who likes to laugh, BTF’s lineup includes headline shows, the “Breakout Comedian of the Year Competition”, panels, comedy classes, networking events, and the “BTF Cares” Charity Fundraiser.

After being recognized as one of USA Today’s top 10 new events and attracting over 5,200 attendees in its inaugural year, BTF will return to Washington, DC, from September 27-29. Festival events will be held at The Anthem along the Wharf and other city venues.

BTF is produced by NICE CROWD and presented in partnership with Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia.

Pass and tickets on sale now!

outside The Anthem theatre
How to Fest?

Festival Passes + Tickets

Purchase a festival pass to enjoy discounts and the convenience of paying one price for all festival events! Looking for a premium experience? Our VIP Industry Pass is the perfect choice, offering priority entry to festival events at the Anthem and access to the BTF Comedy Cares Charity gala at the DC Improv.

Tickets for headline show at the Anthem are on sale now! Tickets to additional events will be released throughout the summer. To get announcements and updates, sign up here.

Headline Comedy Shows

Leslie Jones

September 29 | 8:00 pm | The Anthem

A Snapshot of BTF 2023

Browse through our photos and videos to see what you may have missed at last year’s Festival.

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