THE HARLEM COMEDY FESTIVAL
A week long festival celebrating people of color in comedy
The Harlem Comedy festival is a series comedy events, stand up showcases, and a competition happening all over Harlem annually the last week of September.
Harlem has been an entertainment, arts, and culture hub for over one hundred years yet there’s never been a comedy festival celebrating the impact Harlem New York has had on the comedy world. There are currently twelve comedy festivals of all sorts happening all year long in the five boroughs of New York City and this is the only one taking place in the historic neighborhood of Harlem New York.
Because of the lack of diversity in television and film. The Harlem Comedy Festival was founded to shine a light on the comedic talent that exists in our community that otherwise might go overlooked. And hopefully in turn inspire others to develop their own comedic skills and achieve their own goals.
Components of the Festival
4 Stand-up Competition Events
Awards 1st Place $100/ 2nd Place $50/ 3rd Place $25
Multiple All Star Showcases
Black, and Colombian-American comedian, Neruda Williams was born and raised in Harlem, New York. After pursuing a B.A. in Media Studies at The New School University he began comedy in '08. He was Co-producer and co-host of the "Three A-Negroes" podcast, Co-producer of the "Under The Table Comedy Show" at New York Comedy Club, and Co-producer of the "Birthday Show" (formerly at the Creek and Cave) now at the The Stand and Standing Room Comedy Clubs.
Manhattan Deputy Chief Clerk at New York City Board of Elections, Co-founder & Board Vicechair at Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School and Lecturer in Leadership and Decisions in Crisis, Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.
Executive Director of the Yonkers Comedy Festival
Executive Director Cinder Block Comedy Festival
Grant Attorneys at Law PLLC
Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy LLP
1st Place Winner: Alvin Irby
2nd Place Winner: Usama Siddiquee
3rd Place Winner: Mickey Housley
Mystery Blaxploitation Theatre 3000:
Gin Fizz Harlem
1st Place WINNER: Pedro Gonzalez
21 Years & up to be eligible
Register @ www.comedysoapbox.com
Videos should be between no more than 6min minutes long.
Not everyone who submits gets chosen. Submissions are non-refundable, so make sure you're eligible before you submit.
In the "video" field, do not use the "embed" code - use the URL for the video.
Early submission $15 Deadline 7/1/18.
Submission $20 Deadline 8/1/18.
Late submission $25 Deadline 8/25/18
Selections will be announced by 9/3/18.
1st place winner $100
2nd place winner $50
3rd place winner $2