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: Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Carmichael Show), Ron Funches (Powerless, Undateable), Tone Bell (Bad Judge, People are Talking), Hannibal Buress (Broad City, 30 Rock, Neighbors, SNL), Ian Edwards (SNL), Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder, Mr. Robinson), Eric Andre (Two Broke Girls, Man Seeking Woman), and Deon Cole (Conan, Black-ish).
Regional Open Call Audition
Cobb's Comedy Club will be hosting the OPEN CALL on Saturday, July 8th. ONLY the first 100 comics who arrive by 9 AM will be seen. Comics will have one minute to perform at the initial audition. A handful will be invited back to callbacks later that day to perform a longer 2-3 minute set. From these, the top comics are selected to perform in the regional semi-finalist showcase the next evening.
Semi-Finalist Live Showcase
The regional showcase takes place at Cobb's the following evening after auditions. The chosen few are asked to perform approximately 7 minutes of material before a live audience. These semi-finalist showcases will NOT air on NBC, but rather are an opportunity to be seen by 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.
See you at Cobb's!