NBC 2019 Talent Search for Aspiring Comedians

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StandUp NBC is back and looking for aspiring comedians.

NBC’s Talent Infusion Program is now accepting video submissions. for a chance to participate in StandUp NBC 2019.

What is StandUp NBC?

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NBC conducts nationwide talent searches for stand-up comedians of diverse backgrounds. Starting in 2003, the program allows comedians from around the United States to show top influencers at NBCUniversal and throughout the industry what they can do. Top recipients are offered an NBC Talent Holding Deal, meetings with NBCUniversal Casting executives and an invitation to showcase at NACA and tour across the United States 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).


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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.

Current cities:

NEW YORK CITY – OCT 18: A man walks out of NBC television studios in Manhattan on Friday, October 18, 2013. (Northfoto / Shutterstock.com)


STANDUP NBC SEATTLE: Opens 3/25 – Closes 4/12

STANDUP NBC CHICAGO: Opens 4/14 – Closes 4/26

STANDUP NBC OXNARD: Opens 5/13 – Closes 5/31

STANDUP NBC NEW YORK CITY: Opens 6/10- Closes 7/1

STANDUP NBC NASHVILLE: Opens 7/8 – Closes 7/29

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