Five finalists emerged after a semifinals showcase for the ABFF Comedy Wings Competition this week held at the HaHa Comedy Club in Los Angeles, and hosted by Chris Spencer.

The finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip and (2) festival passes to the 23rd American Black Film Festival from June 12-16. Each finalist will then go toe-to-toe in a comedy battle on Friday, June 14 at the New World Center in Miami for a chance to win a $5,000 cash prize and attend an informational meeting with HBO talent executives. Comedian Deon Cole will host.

  • Allan Cunningham
  • Brian Tucker 
  • Kevin D. White
  • Reginal Thomas
  • Tyana “Ty” Davis

“HBO has been proudly supporting The Comedy Wings competition since its inception,” said Dennis Williams, Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, HBO.  “It has become one of the highlights of the festival and we are thrilled to be able to open doors and provide opportunities to diverse, groundbreaking comedic voices. HBO has a longstanding reputation for discovering and nurturing talent and we are excited to laugh with the finalists that will grace the stage this year at the ABFF!”

“The Comedy Wings Competition highlights emerging comedians and allows us, through our long-time partnership with HBO, to showcase this talent to the entertainment industry. We’re very excited about this year’s lineup of finalists and expect one or more of them to a break out star,” said Jeff Friday, CEO of ABFF Ventures.

The Comedy Wings Competition is designed to uncover talent and introduce them to a broader audience. Festival passes are on sale at www.abff.com.