Jandiz has worked on pilots and series with networks including AMC, ABC, CBS, Starz, SpikeTV and MTV, as well as tentpolling films with feature studios including Disney, WB, Paramount, Universal, NewLine and Screen Gems. In 2010, she joined NBCUniversal’s New York casting office, covering all pilots, and serving as Associate on the last season of the Emmy Award Winning series, 30 Rock. In 2013, Jandiz wrote the foreword for the acclaimed resource book, “Actors Choice: Monologues for Teens, Volume 2.” She was Voted “Backstage Magazine’s” Reader’s Choice Award for Audition Coach of the Year, along with other honors. Upcoming films include SEVENTH SON starring Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, and Ben Barnes.
Sarah Arthur is a Coordinator in the Talent Development & Inclusion Department. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a Film Studies degree in 2019. Sarah has been an Emma Bowen Foundation Fellow, a Television Academy intern, and is a recent graduate of the NBCUniversal Page Program. Passionate about authentic storytelling, Sarah is a staunch advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the entertainment industry.
Writers on the Verge 2017-18
Late Night Writers Workshop 2017
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.
Writers on the Verge 2016-17
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Writers on the Verge 2017-18
The NBC Universal Casting Assistant Program is a career development opportunity for individuals pursuing a career in scripted casting. This program is designed for individuals with diverse backgrounds who aspire to become a Casting Associate or Director on a production. They will be given an opportunity to work in an independent casting office with a Casting Director, currently overseeing an NBCUniversal series or pilot for the length of that office’s contract. Applications are currently OPEN.
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.
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
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 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.”
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
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.
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
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.
Facebook: Aisha Alfa
LA Agent: APA, Scott Simpson
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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 – APRIL 30, 2018.