Oakland Celebrates the Arts - 15th Anniversary Celebration of the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition and Festival 2003 (BABCCF) - 50 Out of 300 Aspiring Stand-up Comedians Gear-Up For Opening Rounds Weekend, February 14 – 16th, To Win Over $20,000 Cash and Prizes

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BABCCF, itÂ?s the longest-running live competitive showcase for African-American stand-up comedians celebrating its 15th Anniversary beginning with its Opening Rounds Weekend, featuring 50 aspiring comedians, February 14-16 at KimballÂ?s East in Emeryville. The Final Six will advance and square-off at the Final Competition Round, March 15th, for the 2003 championship title and over $15,000 worth of cash and prizes at OaklandÂ?s Paramount Theatre with Hollywood entertainment and celebrity judges, hosted by comedian and film star Don Â?DCÂ? Curry.

Oakland Celebrates the Arts - 15th Anniversary Celebration of the Bay Area Black Comedy Competition and Festival 2003 (BABCCF)

50 Out of 300 Aspiring Stand-up Comedians Gear-Up For Opening Rounds Weekend, February 14 – 16th, To Win Over $20,000 Cash and Prizes

It’s the longest-running live competitive showcase for African-American stand-up comedians. The competition & festival will celebrate its 15th Anniversary beginning with its Opening Rounds Weekend, featuring 50 aspiring comedians, February 14-16 at Kimball’s East in Emeryville. Two shows nightly. Tickets are $28.00 and available at Kimball’s Box Office.

The Final Six will advance and square-off at the Final Competition Round, March 15th, for the 2003 championship title and over $15,000 worth of cash and prizes at Oakland’s Paramount Theatre with Hollywood entertainment and celebrity judges, hosted by comedian and film star Don “DC” Curry.

The 2003 event series will also highlight some of the great moments, the many great personalities that have emerged from the Competition, and will salute the community contributors who have greatly and unselfishly contributed to its continued success, as well as the people who graciously work behind the scenes at its inaugural "Inspired Artists Awards Ceremony” on March 14th 6:30pm at the African American Museum and Library.

Since 1987, the event has entertained over 100,000 comedy lovers live in-concert, and countless more. "We are proud to continue to serve the Bay Area through our heritage of quality programming year after year. As we celebrate the longevity of the Competition, we are honored that Oakland has been a major part of its success," states executive producer Tony Spires.

BABCCF has been recognized on such media outlets as HBO and Showtime, BET and numerous national publications. Locally, the event has appeared on KRON, KBHK, KPIX and most recently a two-hour special on UPN’s KBHK-TV.

The competition's producers have received national acclaim both inside the industry as well as from within the community and the political world as well. They have received recognitions such a key to the City of Oakland, proclamations and awards from San Francisco Mayor the Honorable Willie Brown, U.S. Congressman Ron Dellums, former Oakland Mayors Elihu Harris and Lionel Wilson, and the California State Assembly, just to name a few.

For event sponsorship information or to learn more about BABCCF 2003, contact lajonesMPR at lajones@lajonesmedia.com, call 510.482.9969, &/or visit http://www.blackcomedycompetition.com.

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