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NBC & The Comedy Zone are looking for the next Comedy Star!

By Joel Pace


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StandUp NBC 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 execs and an invitation to showcase at NACA for the opportunity to tour the US 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),  Deon Cole (Conan, Black-ish) and many more.

Regional Open Call Audition - Saturday 7/28

In these four cities, Vegas, Charlotte, New York, and Houston, 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 later in the 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 - Sunday 7/29

The regional showcase takes place the Sunday 7/29 at THE COMEDY ZONE - Charlotte, NC. 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 - TBD

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.


Charlotte specific info...

Excited to have THE COMEDY ZONE host our diversity talent search this summer!
SAT JULY 28th:  Open Call 9-5:30pm
SUN JULY 29th: Semi-Finalist Showcase 7pm (*time is flexible to club’s preference)
NBC flies in executive judges such as the Booker from Jimmy Fallon & SVP of Universal Casting or comedy development heads. 
Come Showcase!


NBC is flying in audition staff, host, closer and NBCUniversal Executive judges. 





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