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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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COMEDIC 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 an annual Diversity Scholarship. The Diversity Scholar is selected by both the Upright Citizens Brigade (NY) and NBC executives based on their performance. This scholarship is intended for students with advanced skills in improvisation.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

 

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Late Night Writers Workshop

The NBCUniversal Late Night Writers Workshop is a four-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. Read More

The NBCUniversal 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. We particularly encourage female writers and those of diverse backgrounds to apply. The selected writers will create new sketch material and gain insight into the dynamics of a late night writers’ room. Participants are given the chance to interact with key writers and producers from across NBCUniversal’s late night and alternative shows, as well as receive feedback on their material.  

 

Timeline

Submission Period: December 1st, 2017 – December 15th, 2017 at 11:59 PST

Finalist Interviews: February 2018

5-Day Workshop in NYC: March/April 2018

*All dates are subject to change. 

**Selected writers will be responsible for their own transporation to/from and lodging in NYC. 

Submission Guidelines

Your sketch packet should consist of three elements:

1)  1-2 pages of topical monologue jokes. If you think it helps us, please indicate which host’s voice you have in mind (can be, but does not have to be, an NBC host). Topical news jokes and pop culture jokes should make up the bulk of your material.

2)  1-2 pages of original ideas for refillable late night “desk bits.” These can be ideas for elements like Jimmy Fallon’s “Thank You Notes,” pre-taped correspondent bits like, “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell,” or multimedia bits. For this portion, please provide descriptions of the bits and not scripts.

3)  2  SNL-style sketches (no more than 5 pages EACH). One sketch should introduce an original character and one sketch should be topical (something newsworthy or pop culture-based).

Questions?

Additional questions (NOT APPLICATIONS) should be submitted to latenightwritersworkshop@nbcuni.com

To watch for updates, please follow the NBCUNI TIPS Facebook page and The Late Night Writers Workshop Facebook page.

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