NBC is Now Looking for Aspiring Late Night Writers

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2020 NBC Late Night Writers Workshop is now accepting submissions.

Are you interested in becoming a writer in the TV and film industry?

One of the best ways to get a start is with the NBCUniversal Late Night Writers Workshop. It 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.

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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.

The selected writers who participate in the NBCUniversal Late Night Writers Workshop 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.

To apply for the Late Night Writer’s Workshop, check out the application requirements below.

Late Night Writer’s Workshop

Submissions for the 2020 Workshop will open March 23, 2020, and will close on April 5, 2020 at 11:59pm PST.

Timeline
Submission Period: March 23, 2020 – April 5, 2020 at 11:59 PST
Finalist Interviews: June 2020
Workshop in NYC: August 2020
*All dates are subject to change.

Submission Guidelines
Your sketch packet should consist of four elements:
1. 1 – 1.5 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. 2-3 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 with examples and not scripts.
3. 2-3 viral content ideas.  These should be ideas like James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke.”  The idea here is to create a segment with mass appeal that could generate a viral response.

4. 2 SNL-style sketches that are 3-5 pages each. One sketch should be a topical sketch.  The other should be a weekend update original character (i.e. Bobby Moynihan’s Drunk Uncle.)

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Questions?

Additional questions (NOT APPLICATIONS) should be submitted to [email protected]

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