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The Bay Area Black Comedy Competition 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 it's humble roots, it has evolved into the largest, longest-running live showcase of urban comedians in the world. The Bay Area Black Comedy Competition & Festival (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 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:

Jamie Foxx

Chris Tucker

Don "DC" Curry

Mike Epps

D.L. Hughley

Deon Cole

Rodney Perry

Craig Robinson

Mark Curry


Nick Cannon

Katt Williams

Sheryl Underwood

and many more...

BABCCF Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Don "DC" Curry

Paul Mooney

Reynaldo Rey

Robin Harris