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. Its mission is to promote the diverse artists that exist within the comedy arena and propel a new generation of artists to success in film, television, and touring.

Curated for industry insiders and casual fans alike, the BTF lineup features headline acts, new comic showcases, comedy workshops, and panels.

The 2nd annual BTF, presented in partnership with Events DC, will take place September 27-29 along The Wharf, a popular entertainment hub on Washington, D.C.’s southwest waterfront.

comedian on stage preforming stand-up act at BTF 2023
Who will be the next big name in the comedy game?

Breakout Comedian of the Year Competition

BTF’s flagship event, the “Breakout Comedian of the Year” competition, serves as a platform for uncovering fresh, new stand-up comedy talent. Attracting hundreds of entries from across the country, the competition culminates with the top six finalists competing at the festival for the grand prize of $10,000 and the chance to secure representation by a leading Hollywood talent agency.

What to Expect

How to Fest?

Tickets to individual shows will be released throughout the year. To get announcements and updates, sign up for our email database. Get updates.

Want a premium festival experience? Our VIP All-Access Pass is the perfect choice granting priority entry and access to every event during the festival, including the special Comedy Cares fundraising dinner. Passes on sale June 15.

outside The Anthem theatre

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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