2011 NBC Universal 'Stand-Up for Diversity' comedy talent search

The dates and locations are now available for the 2011 NBC Universal “Stand-Up for Diversity” comedy search. Comedians of diverse backgrounds are welcome to attend the open auditions. Every year NBC Universal chooses several cities across the USA and holds both auditions and live showcases of the best diverse stand-up comedians in America. At the conclusion of the comedy talent search, a select group of comedians are flown to Los Angeles to perform for top industry players at NBC Universal and industry-wide.

The national search seeks to find the funniest comics of diverse backgrounds and will be holding open calls in four major U.S. markets. The most-promising stand-up comedians will be awarded a talent holding deal with NBC Universal, along with other opportunities to be announced later this year.

The highly anticipated talent search includes auditions in Seattle on August 7, Dallas August 21, and New York on September 18. The search will culminate in Los Angeles with a final industry showcase in early December. The promising event will present the entire industry with a first look at the nation’s freshest comedic talent as selected by NBC Universal.

Many of the comics from the NBC Universal Stand-Up for Diversity program have signed with top Hollywood agents, met with the entertainment industry's leading casting directors and executives, worked on NBC Universal TV shows and launched new career milestones.

A few of the NBC Universal Stand-Up for Diversity past participants include the following:

● Eric Andre - Recently cast in ABC's single-camera comedy pilot "Don't Trust the Bitch".

● Ian Edwards - Writing credits include "Saturday Night Live," "Chocolate News" and "The Boondocks".

● Brandon T. Jackson - Starred in hit films "Tropic Thunder" and "Percy Jackson & The Olympians". Recently cast as co-lead in CBS pilot "Film Fiend".

● Hannibal Buress - Currently a writer on NBC’s "30 Rock".

Open Auditions Details

Seattle, WA:

Seattle Comedy Underground at Swannies
109 S. Washington Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Click Here for directions.

Auditions: Sunday August 7, 2011 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Showcase: Monday August 8, 2011 - 8:00pm

Dallas, TX:

Addison Improv Comedy Club
4980 Beltline Road
Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75254
Click Here for directions.

Auditions: Sunday August 21, 2011 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Showcase: Monday August 22, 2011 - 8:0000pm

New York, NY:

Gotham Comedy Club
208 West 23rd Street
Between 7th and 8th Avenues
New York, NY 10011
Click Here for directions.

Auditions: Sunday September 18, 2011 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Showcase: Monday September 19, 2011 - 8:00pm

The following applies to all open casting calls and live showcases:

Comics can be any age to audition for the Stand-Up for Diversity program, but be aware that most of the comedy clubs where the showcases take place are 21 and up only. You can contact the club for age restriction details. The first 100 comics will be seen so it is encouraged that to arrive early. Comics will have one minute at the initial audition. A handful will be invited back later that day to perform a longer set and the top comics will be selected to perform in the showcase the following evening. If selected to perform in the showcase, you must have five minutes of polished material.

Any questions regarding the program can be directed to the NBC Universal Stand-Up for Diversity program at: