Comedy Festival that celebrates emerging BIPOC comedians
BECAUSE THEY’RE FUNNY (BTF), is a new comedy festival showcasing comedic talent within BIPOC communities. BTF’s mission is to elevate the image of stand-up comedy as an art form, propel a new generation of diverse comedians and content creators to stardom, and promote entertainment in the comedy genre that features people of color.
Created for industry insiders and casual fans alike, the BTF lineup will feature headline acts, standup showcases, industry workshops, panels, screenings and parties.
The inaugural event, in partnership with Events DC, will take place along the Wharf, a popular entertainment hub on Washington, DC’s southwest waterfront, from October 6-8, 2023.
The weekend kicks off Friday, October 6 with the 2023 Breakout Comedian of the Year competition hosted by Anthony Anderson and touts a Hey Ladies Fierce Female Comedy Show hosted by Tinchina Arnold with performances by Nicole Byer, Ego Nwodim and more on Saturday. The festival wraps up on Sunday, October 7 with the DMV Black Comedy Homecoming Show hosted by Yvonne Orji.