If you recall, we told you that Film Life Inc, the company that produces The American Black Film Festival was going to hold their second annual comedy competition in Los Angeles, under their new Comedy Wings banner, with the nine semi finalists being narrowed down to four finalists who would then move on to the ABFF in June.
The competition, which was held last night at The World Famous Comedy Store, had several comedians trying to move on to the festival, and the comics who were competing for that final spot were Amberia Allen, Brian Doby, Charla Lauriston, Greg Coleman, Hadiyah Robinson (will also appear on this season’s Comic View), Joe Fox, Jon Laster, Sam J, and Schmitty B.
After the competition four finalists were chose to move on to the festival as they will receive a trip to 2014 ABFF, in NYC, June 19-22, where they will perform live before the festival audience, for the chance to win an audition with HBO. They were comedians Jon Laster, Hadiyah Robinson, Amberia Allen, and Schmitty B.
(L-R) Host Red Grant, Schmitty B, one of the judges Bob Sumner, Hadiyah Robinson, Film Life CEO Jeff Friday, Amberia Allen and Jon Laster.
The Comedy Wings Competition was created to showcase talented yet undiscovered stand-up comics and introduce them to the industry at large. The competition is looking for someone with a natural gift for comedy who can make people laugh through their unique interpretation of material, steered by physical mannerisms, vocal inflections, with and effortless comedic timing.
To date, the Comedy Wings Competition at ABFF has provided much needed exposure for up and coming Black talent. Notable comedians who have performed at the festival early in their careers include Kevin Hart, Cedric the Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Craig Robinson, Tommy Davidson, Earthquake, Bill Bellamy, Ricky Smiley, Sheryl Underwood and Chris Spencer, creator and executive producer of BET’s hit show “Real Husbands of Hollywood.”
For more details Festival passes and tickets on the ABFF please visit www.abff.com.