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.



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.


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.


Nick Guerra | Comedian

Nick Guerra was an audience favorite on NBC’s Last Comic Standing (Season 8). He was a writer, asst. director, actor and story producer for the Mun 2 reality show “Pitbull’s La Esquina” (2nd season), performed on Comedy Central’s “Gabriel Iglesias Stand Up Revolution” (2nd season) and Nuvo TV’s “Stand Up &Deliver” (2nd season) and “Stand Up & Deliver Cabo Relief Special.


Manager – Reg Tigerman, Levity Entertainment Group


twitter: @NickComic | instagram: @NickComic | Facebook: NickComedian

Ricarlo Flanagan | Comedian

Ricarlo Flanagan is a rising talent from the Michigan comedy circuit. Born and raised in Cleveland OH, he’s developed a maniacal spin on everyday circumstances and combines sharp and accurate vocal impressions to surely give you the laugh you are looking for.

Privileged to have worked with some of comedy’s heavy hitters in various clubs around the country, he’s proud to have placed as a finalist in the prestigious “Laughing Skull Comedy Festival” (4th place overall). His recent audition for one of comedy’s biggest festival showcases at “Just For Laughs Montreal” and Gotham Showcase in New York city, Ricarlo is building a solid reputation as someone who will consistently entertain the masses.

Although he is a new face Ricarlo is certainly determined to provide an experience that will make an impact for years to come.

Lavar Walker | Comedian

Lavar Walker has appeared across the country, including gigs in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, San Jose, Philadelphia, Nashville and too many other cities to name, while saturating the college circuit, gospel extravaganzas and corporate affairs. Add to that dozens of national television appearances, including Showtime’s “Shaq Allstar Comedy Jam,” Bounce TV’s “Uptown Comics” and Jamie Foxx’s “Laffapalooza!” Lavar is also the national winner of the miller lite 2012 comedy search hosted by Kevin Hart. In a Chicago sun-times article from 2013, comedian Kevin Hart said: “Remember the name Lavar Walker because I want to be able to say ‘I told you so!’ The guy is a legitimate comedic rock star.”


twitter:@lavarwalker | instagram:@lavarwalker | facebook: lavarwalker

Langston Kerman | Comedian

Langston Kerman is a stand up comic, actor, tongue kisser and writer originally from Oak Park, IL, and now residing in Brooklyn, NY. He performs in clubs and dank backrooms all over the country. Langston was recently a finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival. Langston has also been featured as an actor on HBO and the Oxygen Network. He is currently costarring/writing/producing his own web series called BOMBING, which can be found on the very exclusive website YouTube (maybe you’ve heard of it). Langston wishes he had more credits to impress you with; unfortunately, he does not. Maybe you should just accept Langston for who he is as a person. He really is trying his best.


Manager: Justin Letter, Mosaic


Twitter: @LangstonKerman | Instagram: @LangstonKerman

Katrina Braxton | Comedian

A born and raised Jersey Girl, Katrina Braxton has always loved making people laugh. After a dare from her father, Katrina did her first open mic at the Laughing Skull Comedy Club in Atlanta, GA. Not long after, Katrina was asked to return and feature at the Skull, as well as Improv and Punchline.

The self-described “Corny Black Girl”, Katrina keeps the crowd going with her high energy stand-up, which is a combination of life stories and hysterical impersonations.
Now in Philadelphia, Katrina continues to perform around the nation. In 2012, Katrina performed at the Essence Music Festival for TBS Very Funny Lounge, held inside the New Orleans Super Dome. Most recently, Katrina was named a semi-finalist in the 2014 Philly’s Funniest contest at Helium Comedy Club. She is happy she took her dad’s advice and is living her life dream to make people laugh.



facebook: Comedienne Katrina Braxton | twitter: @KatrinaBraxton

Darcy Michael | Comedian

Widely considered to be one of Canada’s fastest rising stars, Darcy Michael is currently a leading character alongside Dave Foley in CTV’s multi-cam hit sitcom “Spun Out” as the loveable loser Gordon Woolmer.

Darcy’s edgy but personable stand up act has had him working alongside such great comedians as Russell Peters, Harland Williams, Kids in the Hall, Thomas Lennon, Craig Robinson, Alan Thicke and Matthew Perry. With countless appearances at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival, the Montreal Gazette has pegged him as one of their favorites. Twice nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award, Darcy continues to make multiple appearances at Just for Laughs, Global Comedy Festival, Comedy Network’s Match Game, Winnipeg Comedy Festival and CBC Radio’s ‘The Debaters.‘

Other appearances include the hilarious comedy “Rapturpalooza” with Craig Robinson, “Lloyd the Conqueror”, “End Game”, “Dairy of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules,” and more.


Agent: Aaron Alexander, Trisko Talent

Aisha Alfa | Comedian

Born in Nigeria, raised in Canada, Aisha Alfa’s comedy is worldly, energetic, and silly. She weaves through her bi-racial perspective and random observations from dating to sex to Santa Claus. This past year in television Aisha appeared in a Sketch Pilot for The Second City, Superchanel’s “Too Much Information,” TeenNick’s “Degrassi,” and PBS’ “Odd Squad.” Aisha was also a Co-Host on Much Music’s “Video on Trial.” She’s hosted WFPtv, an online lifestyle show, and was a featured comedian in the documentary “Sign Up & Stand Up.”

She won “Winnipeg’s Funniest Person with a Day Job Award” and was one of the top five Winnipeg finalists for SiriusXM’s “Canada’s Next Top Comic.” She performs at clubs across Canada including “Just For Laughs,” Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and Winnipeg Improv Festival.

In the US she has appeared at The Comedy Store (San Diego), The Las Vegas Comedy Show and the Ventura Comedy Festival. Alfa was honoured as a TEDx Manitoba speaker in 2012 and hosted/emceed in 2013.

Twitter: @AishaAlfa

Instagram: @AishaAlfa

Facebook: Aisha Alfa

Website: www.AishaAlfa.com

LA Agent: APA, Scott Simpson


The NBCUniversal Short Film Festival is an initiative to discover diverse voices both in front of and behind the camera. It provides creative individuals of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to get their materials in front of key decision makers from the entire NBCUniversal family, as well as agents, managers, producers, and other industry players. The submission window is open MARCH 1 – MAY 15, 2017.