StandUp NBC

StandUp NBC is a nationwide search for stand-up comedians of diverse backgrounds, which started in 2003. This initiative allows comedians from across the country to showcase for key players at NBCUniversal and throughout the industry. Top recipient(s) are offered an NBC Talent Holding Deal, meetings with NBCUniversal Casting execs and an invitation to showcase at NACA for the opportunity to tour the US college circuit. Success stories include:  Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show), Hannibal Buress (Broad City, 30 Rock, Neighbors, SNL), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Carmichael Show), Ron Funches (Powerless, Undateable), Tone Bell (Bad Judge, People are Talking), Ian Edwards (SNL), Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder, Mr. Robinson), Eric Andre (Two Broke Girls, Man Seeking Woman), and Deon Cole (Conan, Black-ish).

To watch for updates, please follow @NBCUNITIPS on Twitter, our NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page and the StandUP NBC Facebook page.

 

HOW IT WORKS

Online Video Submissions

All Cities will open a separate online video submissions window. Check below for dates. *Chicago will only offer online submissions, NO OPEN CALL!* Comedians can log on and provide videos links (2 mins max) to recent performances.

Top comics will be notified directly if they make it to LIVE auditions.

Regional Open Call Audition

In these four cities, Vegas, Charlotte, New York, and Houston, we will hold an Open Call. Auditions commence promptly at 9AM. Only the first 100-125 comics who arrive will be seen. Comics will have one minute to perform at the initial audition. A handful will be invited back to callbacks the following day to perform a longer 2-3 minute set. From these, the top comics are selected to perform in the regional semi-finalist showcase that weekend.

Semi-Finalist Live Showcase

The regional showcase takes place the same weekend of auditions. The chosen few are asked to perform approximately 7 minutes of material before a live audience. These semi-finalist shows will not air on NBC, but rather are an opportunity to be showcased for bookers, agents, casting directors, and television executives in consideration for future casting and development opportunities as well as the Los Angeles Finals.

Los Angeles Finalist Showcase

Approximately 8 StandUp NBC Finalists will be flown to Los Angeles to perform in front of a live audience of agents, casting directors, and television executives. Winner(s) will be offered a Talent Holding Deal with NBCUniversal.

 

2018 SCHEDULE 

CHICAGO

Audition: SAT JUNE 9 INVITATION ONLY

Online Submissions: https://nbcunitips.submittable.com/submit 

Submission Window: APRIL 16th-27th

Showcase: June 10 @7pm

LAUGH FACTORY 3175 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657

 

VEGAS

Submissions Window: May 7th -18th

Online Submissions: https://nbcunitips.submittable.com/submit

OPEN CALL: SAT June 23

CALL BACKS: SUN June 24

Showcase Date/Times: JUNE 24th 8pm

LA COMEDY CLUB in THE STRATOSPHERE CASINO 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Downtown LV, NV 89104

 

CHARLOTTE

Submissions Window: JUNE 4th-15th

Online Submissions: https://nbcunitips.submittable.com/submit

OPEN CALL: July 28

Showcase: JULY 29 7pm

COMEDY ZONE 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. Suite B3 Charlotte, NC 28206

 

NEW YORK 

Submissions Window: June 18th -29th

Online Submissions: https://nbcunitips.submittable.com/submit

OPEN CALL: SAT Aug 11

CALLBACKS: SUN Aug 12

Showcase: Monday AUG 13 @7:30pm

GOTHAM 208 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

 

HOUSTON

Submissions Window: JULY 30th-Aug10th

Online Submissions: https://nbcunitips.submittable.com/submit

OPEN CALL: Sept 22

Showcase: Sept 23 @7pm

JOKE JOINT 11460 Fuqua Street #300 Houston TX 77089

 

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NBC Spotlight

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As part of its ongoing commitment to inclusion, NBC Entertainment will produce a live Actor Showcase this coming SEPTEMBER in Los Angeles – the NBC SPOTLIGHT! Formerly known as the NBC Scene Showcase, NBC Spotlight sets out to feature breakout comedic actors of diverse backgrounds, including LGBTQ actors and performers who are differently abled. The audience will be comprised of entertainment industry agents, managers, network and studio executives scouting for talent.

Performance Date: SEPTEMBER 13th 2018

MUST BE LOCAL LA RESIDENT  & AVAILABLE FOR JULY CALLBACKS & MANDITORY REHEARSALS in AUGUST/SEPTEMBER

If available & Local, Send a SELF TAPE  for your ROUND 1 AUDITION.

 

WHAT DO I PREPARE?: MAX 3min SELF TAPE or EDITED REEL consisting of up to maximum 3 Sketch Characters, 1 short Comedic SCENE and / or Comedic MONOLOGUE of choice.

WHERE DO I UPLOAD?: Our submissions platform is ActorsAccess.com. If you don’t have an account, it’s free to create one. Links are provided below. *NBC does NOT charge a fee to submit, but Actors Access may have a nominal submission fee of their own.

YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR NAME ON ACTORS ACCESS BEFORE TONIGHT, MIDNIGHT PT, FRIDAY 3/9, IN ORDER TO BE ELIGIBLE TO SEND A SELF-TAPE BEFORE THE DEADLINE OF 3/26.

DEADLINE FOR SELF TAPE: Monday MARCH 26th, 2018 at 3pm PST

Allow 12wks to receive notification to actors who will move on to ROUND 2.

SEEKING THE FOLLOWING: Actors who can portray 18 – 50 yrs old, specifically actors with strong comedic ability and timing. Theater Experience a PLUS.

ETHNICALLY DIVERSE & MULTI-CULTURAL MEN, submit here: https://www.breakdownservices.com/index.cfm/opencall?oc=ad9s3

ETHNICALLY DIVERSE & MULTI-CULTURAL WOMEN, submit here: https://www.breakdownservices.com/index.cfm/opencall?oc=az7a3

NON-BINARY INDIVIDUALS, submit here: https://www.breakdownservices.com/index.cfm/opencall?oc=dd669 

PERFORMERS WITH DISABILITIES, submit here: https://www.breakdownservices.com/index.cfm/opencall?oc=cb366

To watch for updates on our programs please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page.

 

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NBCUniversal Short Film Festival

www.nbcushortsfest.com The NBCUNIVERSAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL seeks the next generation of writers, directors, producers & actors, while celebrating innovative storytelling from diverse and inclusive backgrounds, including female writers & directors, the LGBTQ community, and performers with disabilities. Read More

The NBCUNIVERSAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL seeks the next generation of writers, directors, producers & actors, while celebrating innovative storytelling from diverse and inclusive backgrounds, including female writers & directors, the LGBTQ community, and performers with disabilities.

With a high-profile list of judges and partners including, Comcast, NBC, Panavision, USA Networks, Telemundo, Bravo, Universal Pictures, E!, SAG-AFTRA, PGA, WGAW, WGAE, DGA, Hulu, The Hollywood Reporter & Variety, this bicoastal festival provides a unique opportunity for outstanding talent to have their work introduced to key decisions makers from the entire NBCUniversal family as well as agents, managers, producers, and other industry players.

Submission Period

March 1 – April 30, 2018

For eligibility and submission information, please visit: nbcushortsfest.com

To watch for updates please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page and the NBCU Short Film Festival Facebook page.

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NBCUNIVERSAL CASTING APPRENTICE PROGRAM

An 18-24 month paid rotational program designed for individuals of diverse backgrounds who aspire to join a casting office. Apprentices are exposed to working in both a network and freelance casting office. Read More

The NBC Universal 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. Depending on the assigned division, apprentices will be given an opportunity to work at a Network with executives or in a Freelance Casting Office with a Casting Director.

 

For more information: APPLY HERE

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SUNDANCE INSTITUTE NATIVE AMERICAN and INDIGENOUS PROGRAM

The Sundance Institute Native American and Indigenous Program is a year-round program to deepen the commitment to support Native American and Indigenous artists and talent. Read More

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TALENT SCHOLARSHIPS

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE | Continuing efforts to promote diversity in the comedic arts, NBC and the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre have partnered for their 2nd annual Diversity Scholarship. Read More

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE

Continuing efforts to promote diversity in the comedic arts, NBC and the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre have partnered for their 2nd annual Diversity Scholarship. The Diversity Scholar is selected by both the Upright Citizens Brigade and NBC executives based on their performance. This scholarship is intended for students with advanced skills in improvisation.

 

THE GROUNDLINGS

NBCUniversal’s Talent Infusion Programs is in partnership with The Groundlings Theatre and School to develop and support diverse talent. Available quarterly, eight Groundlings students per year will receive a full scholarship to the Writing Lab level of the Groundlings Performance Track.

Criteria and application information is available here: www.groundlings.com/diversity.

 

 

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