The Fourth Annual Harlem Comedy Festival has announced a strong lineup this year that makes it loud and clear, the Harlem Comedy Festival is worthy of national attention. The next level lineup features Daily Show correspondent and national headliner Roy Wood Jr., SNL writer Sam Jay, Aida Rodriquez and Chaunte Wayans who were both just selected by Tiffany Haddish for her “They Ready” Netflix special, Tony Woods (BET, Comedy Central), Drew Fraser (Comedy Central) and Leonard Ouzts (Conan). This is a serious lineup, and shows how serious the festival’s creators are about comedy of color.
The festival showcases and celebrates people of color in the New York comedy scene and runs September 23rd through 30th. Events include stand up showcases, sketches, competitions and more, taking over the neighborhood of Harlem for a week of laughs and inclusivity.
Harlem Comedy Festival founder Neruda Williams says “It’s time for the world to know who The Harlem Comedy Festival is and what we’re about,” adding that “for the fourth year in a row, The Harlem Comedy festival is expanding our reach and audience and will feature more national headliners and industry on our stages in uptown Manhattan.”
Previous festivals have featured talent like Pat Brown, Kerry Coddett, Ashton Womack, Donnell Rawlings, Julia Shiplett, Elsa Waithe, and many more. Venues included Silvana, Foot Gear, the National Black Theatre, and more. See the 2018 gallery here: harlemcomedyfestival.com/gallery/
While many comedy festivals call New York home, the Harlem Comedy Festival is the only one to take place completely within the neighborhood of Harlem. The founders of the festival aim to address the lack of diversity in television, film and the comedy world at large, and shine a light on comedic talent that might otherwise go overlooked. They also hope to inspire others to develop their own comedic skills and work to achieve their own goals.
Visit The Harlem Comedy Festival online at harlemcomedyfestival.com.