StandUp NBC

StandUp NBC (formerly known as NBC’s STANDUP for DIVERSITY) 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 Development execs and an invitation to showcase at NACA for the opportunity to tour the US college circuit. Success stories include: Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Carmichael Show), Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show), Hannibal Buress (Broad City, 30 Rock, Neighbors, SNL), , Ron Funches (Powerless, Undateable), Michelle Buteau (First Wives Club), Ian Edwards (SNL), Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder, Mr. Robinson), Eric Andre (Two Broke Girls, Man Seeking Woman), Aparna Nancherla (Crashing)  and Deon Cole (Conan, Black-ish).

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Online Video Submissions

All Cities will open a separate online video submissions window. Check below for dates. 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

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.


  • CHICAGO – @Laugh Factory
    • Online Submissions: MARCH 27-APRIL 19
    • Showcase: June 14
  • OXNARD – @Levity Live
    • Open Submissions: APRIL 10-MAY 3
    • Open Call Auditions: June 30 – 9:00am-5:00pm
    • Showcase: July 1
  • ATLANTA-@Laughing Skull Comedy Club
    • Open Submissions: APRIL 24 – MAY 17
    • Open Call Auditions: July 18 – 9:00am-5:00pm
    • Showcase: July 19
  • NEW YORK – @Gotham Comedy Club
    • Online Submissions: MAY 23 -JUNE 14
    • Open Call Auditions: August 16- 9:00am-5:00pm
    • Showcase: August 17
  • DALLAS- @Hyenna’s Comedy Club
    • Online Submissions: JUNE 6 – JULY 12
    • Open Call Auditions: September 21- 9:00am-4:30pm
    • Showcase: September 13