Nice Crowd (fka ABFF Ventures) has revealed more information about their upcoming Because They’re Funny (BTF) Comedy Festival.

A three-day festival showcasing comedic talent within BIPOC communities, BTF will feature comedic performances from Nicole Byer and Donnell Rawlings, as well as appearances from Anthony Anderson and Insecure star Yvonne Orji.

“We’re thrilled to bring The Breakout Comedian of The Year competition to life as the showpiece event of Because They’re Funny,” said Nice Crowd founder and CEO Jeff Friday and President Nicole Friday. “With the help of our friend, Anthony Anderson, we will showcase the diversity that exists in the world of comedy, bringing six talented artists to DC for a chance to be launched to stardom. Because They’re Funny provides emerging acts with the chance to share the stage with some of the biggest names in comedy, many of whom started their careers right here in Washington, DC.”

BTF will also feature appearances from Luenell, Aida Rodriguez, and Ego Nwodim. In addition, the festival will also host the 2023 Breakout Comedian Of The Year Competition Finals, a contest aimed at finding emerging comedians from around the world and guide them to successful careers in Hollywood. Six finalists will be chosen to perform at BTF, competing for a $20k grand prize and a chance to be signed by Innovative Artists talent agency

“We are excited to launch the inaugural world-class comedy festival, Because They’re Funny in the nation’s capital and work with Jeff and Nicole Friday of NICE CROWD”, said Angie M. Gates, President and CEO, Events DC. “DC has historically been a hub for comedic talent and Events DC looks forward to being a part of that tradition by providing a backdrop for comedy to be showcased. The DC Wharf is the perfect location and the economic impact for the District is welcomed. From the use of our local venues, The Anthem, Pearl Street Warehouse and Union Stage to tourists visiting the spectacular restaurants and cultural attractions on the Wharf, we could not ask for a better event to attract visitors to our beloved city this October.”

The Because They’re Funny (BTF) Comedy Festival will take place on October 6-8, 2023 at The Wharf on DC’s southwest waterfront.