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Atlanta, GA--live and virtual
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 June 16-19, 2021 

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comedy showcases + open mic + industry guests + themed shows


While the world works towards finding a new normal, 1865 aims to establish a new norm for Black performers--getting acknowledged for their efforts and innovation within the comedic art form. 1865 is an upcoming comedy festival--offered live and virtually--that will showcase a multitude of Black comedians who have invested their time and talent in making us laugh.

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To be considered for showcase slots, please submit a 2-5 minute video and complete our short online application by following the link below: 

  • We are **waiving the $18.65 submission fee for those who complete the process between April 5 and 6. **You must use coupon code: REPARATIONS**


  • Submission fee of $18.65 begins April 7th 


  • You must have a PayPal account to submit.

  • If you submit and are not selected you will still be invited to perform at our Open Mics in the festival where stage time is first come first served.

We ask prospective 1865 comedians outside of the Atlanta, GA area to make plans to be in Atlanta.


Details will be posted periodically on this site, but we will be communicating primarily via email.


Chances are if you have questions, we have answers--please give us ample time to get back to you.

Now Accepting Submissions

For Comedians:

"As the founder of the festival I can assure you my team 

 and I are working diligently to put on an amazing celebration."

For Vendors and


Also if you will be in the Atlanta area and would like to volunteer click the link below to give us more info on how you can best help out! 

Also, if you would like to volunteer or be a vendor please email:




 with the subject line “1865 Vendor/Volunteer” to get more info on how you can help. 

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