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By The Skanner News
Published: 17 February 2020

The 4th Annual NW Black Comedy Festival will be held Thursday through Sunday, February 20-23, 2020 at Harvey’s Comedy Club located at 436 NW 6th Ave, downtown Portland. The lineup includes local and national acts, with Marsha Warfield headlining the late shows on Friday and Saturday night.

Marsha Warfield is best known for her role as the tough, no-nonsense bailiff Roz Russell on the NBC sitcom “Night Court.” She also starred in the sitcom “Empty Nest” as Dr. Maxine Douglas, and as a performer on “The Richard Pryor Show.” She’s has appeared on shows like “Soul Train,” “The Arsenio Hall Show,” “The Tonight Show,” and even had a talk show of her own, appropriately titled “The Marsha Warfield Show.”

For tickets and more information, visit Harvey's website.

NW Black Comedy Festival Schedule:

Thursday, February 20th

4:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Meet & Greet at Harvey’s Corner Office Bar

debbie wooten 250Debbie Wooten-Williams7:00 PM - 8:30 PM: The Blackonteurs - The Blackonteurs is a storytelling show that features all black and African-American performers sharing their stories of triumph, struggle and laughter. Hosted by the forever-effervescent Leann Johnson.

Carlos Kareem Windham/Portland, OR
Birungi Birungi /Seattle, WA
Xavier Berry/Philadelphia, PA
Erin James/Los Angelas, CA
Dwayne The Comedian (Dwayne Strickland)/Chicago, IL
Thomas Lundy/Philadelphia, PA
Headliner: Debbie Wooten-Williams

9:00 PM - 9:30 PM: Drunken Night Out Podcast Hosted by Ken Hamlett Appearance by: Slink Johnson

10:00 PM - 11:30 PM: Young Gunz, Volume 1 - This showcase highlights the newest, brightest and upcoming comics on the scene. Young in experience but lethal on the stage! These comics are hand
picked by Dirty Angel Entertainment and most have gone on to have outstanding careers in standup comedy! Hosted by Portland’s Funniest Person finalist and Young Gunz alumni the super talented Christian
Burke. (Each comic 7-minute sets, headliner 20 minutes)

AC Oneal/Portland, OR
Ikes (Issac Chambers)/Hollywood, CA
Haiti (Jean-Yves Haiti Joseph)/Haiti
Quentin Hardy/Raleigh, NC
Shanel Hughes/Aurora, CO
Jay Hunter (Jarret McNeal)/Detroit, MI
G Dot (George Hill)/Los Angelas, CA
Headliner: Mark Caesar

 

Friday, February 21st

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Las Vegas All Starz Hosted by Tab Lloyd

Byron Austin/Las Vegas, NV
Torris Fairley Jr/Las Vegas, NV
Marlon Taylor/Las Vegas, NV
Jake Devan/Las Vegas, NV
Coy Cook/Las Vegas, NV
Headliner: Donnie “Dat Dude” Johnson

9:00 PM - 9:30 PM: Alt-Black Podcast Hosted by Tony Asar and Brandon Earl Appearance by: Tobe Hixx

10:00 PM - 11:30 PM: Proud & Out Loud! - Proud & Out Loud is a comedic celebration of Black queerness in the Great Northwest and beyond. Hosted by the Associate Producer for the Portland Queer Comedy Festival and extremely funny D. Martin Austin. (Each comic 7 minute set, feature 20 minutes, headliner 30)

Avery Scott II/Pontiac, MI
K.J. Whitehead/Chicago, IL
D Lo (Dana Lollar)/Baltimore, MD
The Karacter (Moneisha Williams)/Kansas City, MO
Featuring: Chaz Carter
Headliner: Marsha Warfield

 

Saturday, February 22nd

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Minority Retort - Minority Retort is one of Portland’s longest-running comedy event showcasing people of color in the Northwest and beyond. This showcase has featured David Gborne, Marcella Argello, Rex Naarrete, Vanessa Dawn and Curtis Cook to name a few. Hosted by the impeccable Jason Lamb. (Each comic 7-minute set, headliner 20.)

Shain Brenden/Memphis, TN
LaReesa Declues/Boise, ID
Pavas Snipe/N. Hollywood, CA
Niles Abston/Jackson, MS
Ahmed Abdelrahman/Oakland, CA
L.J. Spears/Boise, ID
Headliner: Manny Martin

9:00 PM - 9:30 PM: Broken Glass Podcast Hosted by Vocab Appearance by: Donnie “Dat Dude” Johnson

10:00 PM - 11:30 PM: Ladies Run This Mutha ! This is the all-woman powerhouse showcase! Voted the “Best Showcase “ of the festival two years running. This showcase has featured: Tab Lloyd (Best Comic of
NWBCF 2019), Comedieen AK (Best Comic OF NWBCF 2018) And NW Legend Debbie Wooten to name a few. Hosted by the super talented Rissa Riss. (Each comic 7 minutes, feature 20 minutes, headliner 30)

K.J. Whitehead/Chicago, IL
Algiers Diamond/New Orleans, LA
Jihan Sabir/Los Angelas, CA
Patrice DeVeaux/Richmond, VA
Kechi Chibueze/New Orleans, LA
Sandy Brown/Los Angelas, CA
Featuring: Maggie Mate
Headliner: Marsha Warfield

 

Sunday, February 23rd

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Young Gunz, Volume 2 - This showcase highlights the newest, brightest and upcoming comics on the scene. Young in experience but lethal on the stage! These comics are hand picked by Dirty Angel Entertainment and most have gone on to have outstanding careers in standup comedy! Hosted by Young Gunz alumni and 2019 WW Funniest 5 Chris Johnson. (Each comic 7 minute sets, headliner 20
minutes.)

Kerra Williams/Houston, TX
G Wade/Portland, OR
Parker Jones/Olympia, WA
Judy Driscoll/Memphis, TN
Kirk Da Jerk/Inkster, MI
Armani Jones/Seattle, WA
Curtis Taylor III/Los Angelas, CA
Headliner: Tobe Hixx

8:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Tuskegee Jokemen Hosted by Papp Johnson, Yusuf Ali and Mateen Stewart

9:00 PM - 10:30 PM: House of Hyjinx Heavy Hitters - All headliners, all the time! House of Hyjinx Heavy Hitters features some of the best headliners from around the country. Hosted by festival co-founder The
Real Hyjinx this showcase is always high energy, high powered and super funny. (Each comic 7 minute sets, headliner 20)

D Lo (Dana Lollar)/Baltimore, MD
Marla Massie/Cleveland, OH
Cuzzin’ Clyde (Clyde Austin)/Charlotte, NC
Carter Anderson/San Antonio, TX
Jamal Coleman/Los Angelas, CA
Oscar P/Clarksdale, MS
Richard Douglas Jones/Memphis, TN
Louis Gee/Los Angelas, CA
Headliner: Slink Johnson

10:45 PM -11:30 Award Ceremonies

11:30 PM - 2:30 PM Final After Party in Corner Office

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