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The Bay Area Black Comedy Competition & Festival 2012 Launches A New Format!

Posted Apr 4, 2012

Several days ago, we got the new press release on the longest running comedy competition and festival, The Bay Area Black Comedy Competition & Festival, which is entering their 26th year. As you can imagine after being in the business for so long, everyone has crossed their stage at one point in time from Chris Tucker, to Katt Williams to DL Hughley just to name a few. Well, we hear that they have done some changes and that they are about to change their format. Check out the press release below;


The 26th Anniversary Bay Area Black Comedy Competition & Festival, the word’s longest-running showcase of urban comedians is returning to Oakland, one of the cities where it all began. The premiere urban comedy contest and educational festival brings its brand of stand-up to one of the world’s premiere jazz venues, Yoshi’s Oakland. The BABCCF, which in previous years has been broken up into two parts over a three-month period, will all take place in one fun-filled weekend in May.


Hosted by Actor/Comedian Don “DC” Curry, the three-day/three-night comedy convention features over 60 talented and diverse comedians from Northern California and all across the country. The Award-winning Comedian Educational Forum offers career-building daytime panels, classes and workshops.  The centerpiece of the annual laughter fest takes place each night and touts six high-energy shows of high-stakes competition for more than $15,000.00 in cash, prizes and international bookings.


Friday through Sunday, May 18th-20th, 2012

Show Times:

Round 1: Friday & Saturday 8:00PM and 10:30PM

Semi-Final Round: Sunday at 7:00PM

Final Round: Sunday at 9:30PM


Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA


Tickets for 8:00PM and 10:30PM shows on Friday and Saturday and 7:00PM on Sunday are $30.00 Advance.  Tickets for Sunday 9:30PM show (The Finals) are $40.00 Advance.

Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Advertising and Sponsorship Opportunities Available.

Discounts Tickets with no service charge are available Online at:

Tickets also available at the Yoshi’s Box Office.


For more information call: 510 421 9207 or log onto:


The Bay Area Black Comedy Competition (BABCCF) was initially created in 1986 by theatre artist, poet and aspiring comedian Tony Spires, as a means of leveling the playing field for African American and other minority Bay Area stand-up comedians. From its humble roots, it has evolved into the largest, longest-running, live showcase of urban comedians in the world. The BABCCF has also become a major networking convention and a national proving ground for talented up and coming stand-ups of all races and ethnic backgrounds.

Since 2002 the BABCCF has produced one of the country’s leading entertainment industry educational festivals, with daytime symposiums, industry panels, workshops and one-on-one professional consultations, all specifically designed to cultivate and develop the next generation of stand-up comedians.

The BABCCF has helped launch the careers of some of the biggest names in urban comedy, music, film and TV.  Our outstanding alumni include: Academy Award Winner Jamie Foxx, Chris Tucker, Don “DC” Curry, Mike Epps, D.L. Hughley, Sherri Shepherd, Rodney Perry, Sheryl Underwood, Craig Robinson, Mark Curry, Katt Williams, Luenell, Nick Cannon, Arnez Jay and many more.  Our honorees have included The late Robin Harris, Paul Mooney, Reynaldo Rey and Don “DC” Curry.


Known by fans across the country for his numerous national television appearances, his yearly concert tours and for headlining the nation’s hottest comedy clubs, Don “DC” Curry is probably most widely recognized for his comedic acting role as the zany “Uncle Elroy” in the hit urban classics, “Next Friday” and “Friday After Next.”  His credits also include guest appearances on: The Boondocks, Everybody Hates Chris, The Steve Harvey Show, The Chris Rock Show, HBO Def Comedy Jam, Starz 1st Amendment Stand Up, Comics Unleashed, Comics Unleashed Hot Chocolate, TV One’s Way Black When, host of BET Comic View, his own Comedy Central Special, his own BET Special, a series regular role on ABC’s Grace Under Fire, The films “Two Degrees and “Tears Of A Clown” and the Winner of the 1995 Bay Area Black Comedy Competition.


Full Vision Arts Foundation (FVAF) is a Bay Area based, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to helping youth reach their full potential via the creation, production and promotion of artistic endeavors and developing artists that reflect the many faces of the cultural diversity and richness of our community.  FVAF endeavors to expose youth to career options in the arts by involving them first-hand in real-life arts and entertainment productions.  Through our work, we aim to preserve the arts and cultivate understanding between and respect for the wide spectrum of peoples inhabiting our society.



–    To develop new artists and appreciation for the arts through youth education and youth- oriented productions

–    To utilize the arts as a means of promoting general education, preserving our cultural heritage and celebrating cultural diversity

–    To create and support the creation of new artistic works by and for youth

–    To provide youth with career options in the arts

–    To promote entrepreneurship through the arts

–    To promote healthy lifestyles through the arts



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