Are you an aspiring actor ready to audition for execs and casting directors from NBC Entertainment? Have you been waiting to set your acting career into motion? In association with the American Black Film Festival, we’re back with the ABFFStarProject Open Call monologue competition, to find the next fresh face of the big and small screen. LOS ANGELES OPEN CALL, MARCH 20-21, 2017 and NEW YORK OPEN CALL, MARCH 29-30, 2017.


Comcast NBCUniversal Sponsors 20th Annual American Black Film Festival

Comcast NBCUniversal was proud to sponsor the 20th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) from June 15-19 in Miami, Florida. Since 1997, the ABFF has worked to increase diversity in the entertainment community both in front of and behind the camera, and it has partnered with media companies dedicated to fostering diverse talent and creating discovery programs for some of TV and film’s up-and-comers.

This year, Comcast NBCUniversal partnered with the ABFF for two talent competitions: The Star Project and the Second Annual NBCUniversal TV Hosting Workshop. Actress Kelcy Griffin (@kelcygriffin) was chosen from nearly 1,000 applicants as the recipient of the Star Project prize, worth over $1,500, and Gia Peppers (@GiaPeppers) and J. Aaron Boykin (@hollatchaboykin) were the two finalists selected from NBCUniversal’s TV Hosting Workshop in April to be live hosts at this year’s ABFF. Comcast NBCUniversal also hosted a writing for television master class taught by Karen Horne, SVP, Programming Talent Development & Inclusion, NBC Entertainment & Universal Studios and provided an inside look at Universal’s upcoming new comedy, Almost Christmas, starring Gabrielle Union and produced by Will Packer’s eponymous production company that signed a two-year deal with Universal Television through 2017. Other ABFF activities sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal included the Comcast Xfinity Web Original competition and a showcase suite, both of which aimed to shine a light on Comcast NBCUniversal’s commitment to creating diverse programming, services, and content across multiple platforms.

To see some of the films that were featured at this year’s ABFF, go to XFINITY’s American Black Film Festival page.


The NBCUniversal Casting Apprentice Program is a career development opportunity for individuals pursuing a career in casting. This program is designed for individuals with diverse backgrounds who aspire to become a Casting Manager within a Network or Studio or a Casting Associate or Director on a production. Applications are currently CLOSED.



The NBC Late Night Writers Workshop is a multi-day program focused on exposing talented sketch and comedy writers to NBCUniversal’s late night & alternative line-up and readying them for a staff writer position. We are looking for writers who are “almost there,” but need that final bit of preparation and exposure to key industry players. The submission window is now CLOSED.


Trenton Davis

Finalist in the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival 2015, Seattle International Comedy Contest, 1st place finish in the 2013 Sacramento Comedy Festival and another 1st place finish in the 2013 World Series of Comedy Raleigh Satellite contest Trenton Davis’ ten thousand hours of Stand-up comedy is beginning to show dividends!

Trenton broaches topics such as fatherhood, relationships, pop culture, corporate America and politics. Trenton has lived in three major comedy cities Chicago, San Francisco and currently resides in Los Angeles. He has appeared on Bar Rescue, Laughs on Fox and is currently a writer for the Beats by Dre Pill Campaign

Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/YouTube: @TrentonComedy

Randy Syphax

Randy is a comedian/performer from Washington DC who performs in clubs all over NYC. He has opened for such comics as Neal Brennan and Jerrod Carmichael and has recently been featured in the New York Comedy Festival’s Comics to Watch showcase.

Twitter: @RandySyphax

Orlando Leyba

Orlando Leyba has a knack for finding humor in just about anything that

crosses his path. Orlando entertains, us with his comedic style of storytelling. His energetic charisma engages, and then captures the audience allowing them come along for the fun ride of his life experiences.

Website: www.heylando.com

All social media: @heylando

Jesus Sepulveda

Born in the city of Los Angeles and later a resident of Tucson, Arizona he was the oldest of the boys and the tension breaker, aka, the wild child. Always known as the funny kid even at a young age, he performed in grammar school to get out his passion to make people laugh. Stand up came into play at the tender age of 15 at a local comedy club. A few years later, Jesus decided to move back to LA and has been in the comedy scene ever since.

Ian Aber

Ian Aber is a Comedian and Writer based out of Atlanta, Georgia. He’s been a featured performer and host at The Atlanta Improv and Laughing Skull Lounge. His comedic style highlights the absurd in the even most serious of subject matter “He’s funny”, whispered the person you trust the most.


Dulcé Sloan

Clever, straightforward and true to herself, Dulcé Sloan was named a New Face at the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs Festival in 2015.  She won 2nd place in the 2015 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival and has also performed at the Women in Comedy Festival and Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Her television credits include FOX’s “Riggle’s Picks” and ABC’s “Resurrection”.


Website: www.dulcesloan.com

Christina Galston

Comedian and actress Christina Galston is a self-proclaimed “Jewrican,” most recently seen in the Stand Up 360 comedy festival. Her stand up has been featured on SiTV and also in the movie Stand Up 360: Muy Caliente. She was also on The Chisme Club on MTV Tr3s and has roasted Omarosa (The Apprentice) and BaBa Booey (Howard Stern). She was in the hit off broadway play Yo Soy Latina and also plays Denya in the web series ROOMATES. You can catch her next one woman show this spring at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in NYC.
Twitter: @FreakinJewrican | YouTube: @ChristinaBena
Instagram: @freakinjewrican | Facebook: christina.galston.3

Alvin Irby

Alvin Irby is a southern transplant living in New York City. Irby’s comedy draws on his eclectic life. He taught kindergarten, completed two Masters degrees, and created Barbershop Books, a nationally recognized literacy program. Irby’s social commentary and quirky observations have made him one of comedy’s freshest new voices.

Twitter: @alvinirby

Alex Sparling

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories’ favorite son, Alex Sparling has been a Vancouver comedy scene regular since 2009. His unique and honest take on the more petty things in life has been described as “Inspired” and “He’s very loud.” Most recently Alex won the 2015 Yuk Off. His mother is extremely proud.
Twitter: @mrsparling


A 6 to 8 week workshop of original scenes by diverse writers, cast with up-and-coming actors and guided by directors of diverse backgrounds presented in a one-day live theatrical showcase for executives, producers, casting directors, and other industry professionals. Submission window for the NY Scene Showcase is CLOSED.