The 6th Annual ABFF Comedy Wings Competition is a showcase hosted by the American Black Film Festival where several comedians bring their best to become one of five finalists in a showdown at the ABFF in Miami Beach this June.
ABFF Comedy Wings 2018
The winner of the competition gets $5,000 and a meeting with HBO television heads. A major opportunity considering the close relationship the ABFF has had with HBO since its formation. Judges for the competition include entertainers, producers, and network executives. In 2015, Chastity Washington won the competition while in 2016, Daphnique Springs took the win. Last year, saw the victory of TuRae Gordon.
This year’s finalists include a number of established talents with tons of national exposure. Houston comedian Kris Atkins, has experience performing before a number of audiences in different settings. Another southern talent is Jackson, Mississippi’s Rita Brent, who made her debut in 2013. After opening for Dick Gregory in 2016, she became the protégé to Rickey Smiley and appears on his tours.
Chicago native T. Murph who has performed overseas, on television and at his monthly Chicago show FADED. Hailing from Queens, Leighann Lord has been dubbed one of 35 Most Hilarious Comedians of Diversity and like T. Murph, has toured internationally and appeared on TV nationally. You might also recognize her voice as a co-host of Star Talk with Neil de Grasse Tyson.
Also hailing from Texas, Dallas native Blaq Ron is another young comedian out of the Lone Star State. He has gone from the local circuit to national tours with well-known talents.
The ABFF takes place between June 13 and June 17 in Miami Beach. Tickets are still available for a number of events at the Festival. If interested you’ll want the SOBE Pass to see the ABFF Comedy Wings Competition on June 15th.