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DC Comedy Festival announces the 3rd annual stand-up comedy festival happening Sept.13th-18th


People will get to know comedians that are not yet household names but maybe the next big thing. With Franqi French, who is swiftly becoming a household name is closing us out.”— Eddie Liles, Festival Founder


The DC Comedy Festival proudly announces the third installment of the annual stand-up comedy festival will start on September 13, 2021, and end on September 18, 2021.


After pandemic-related delays, Founders Eddie Liles, Ivan Martin, and Rob Gordon have pulled together comedians from around the nation that will take the stage during the third annual D.C. Comedy Festival.


The Festival is proud to spotlight the talent that lives and thrives in the DC metro area and to pay tribute to the scene that first gave laughs to Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, and Wanda Sykes. The Festival takes place in several clubs and venues across the District. This year, the DC Comedy Festival team is excited to host our last night of shows at The Miracle Theater on 535 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003 at 7:30 pm and 10:30 pm.


The purpose of the festival is to shine the light on the talent that lives and thrives in the D.C. metro area and to bring attention to a culture that gave first laughs to Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, and Stephen Colbert. Taking place at several locations throughout the District, the festival will feature nightly events hosted by comedians with a different headliner nightly with the finale featuring the Franqi French. The festival will host events at some of DCs hottest locations such as Dupont Underground, Busboys and Poets, and DC Comedy Loft.


Opening Night September 13, 2021

Dupont Underground

19 Dupont Circle Northwest

Washington, DC 20036

Music by: DJ Dragn

Hosted by: Kevin Skiffington


Finale Night September 18, 2021

DC Comedy Loft

1523 22nd St. Northwest

Washington, DC 20037

Music by: DJ Dragn

Headliner: Franqi French

About Franqi French: Franqi French-Variety recently named Franqi French one of the 2020 - 10 Comics to watch! Make sure you check out the full feature in the September 29th issue. In 2019, NBC crowned her the winner of their National Standup Up Comedy competition and due in 2021 is her first 1-hour comedy special: M.A.D.


Out of thousands of submissions and auditions, Ms. French was an undeniable stand-out. Franqi’ an award-winning talent, who regularly performs coast to coast with appearances at The DC Improv, The Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Improv and the world-famous Comedy Store. Ms. French has shared the stage with Donnell Rawlings, Fortune Feimster, Todd Glass, D.L. Hughley, Nicole Byer, among other talented comedians. She has made guest appearances on WeTV, TVOne’s “The Roland Martin Show,” and she will be a featured comic on season 3 of “Laugh After Dark” on Amazon Prime. Franqi has headlined The Bentzen Ball as well as The Black Women in Comedy Festival in Brooklyn. She is currently based in Los Angeles, CA and will be a featured headliner on the Stand Up NBC Summer Tour!


Wanting to ensure everyone is safe and can enjoy the laughs - Guests must show proof of vaccination or a COVID-19 negative test, and masks must be worn at all times.

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