10th Annual 'Stand-Up NBC' Comic Search open auditions begin July 14, 2013

Stand-Up NBC Open Auditions

Stand-Up NBC is now in it's 10th year.
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The annual "Stand-Up NBC" comic search conducted by NBC Universal (NBCU) is now underway and open calls have been scheduled for San Diego, Austin, and New York City. This year the name of the program has been changed from "NBC Stand-Up for Diversity" to "Stand-Up NBC" and a brand new logo has been unveiled. This initiative is a search for comedians of diverse backgrounds, and many participants have been launched to new career milestones. The national search seeks to find the funniest comics of diverse backgrounds. The most-promising diverse stand-up comedians will be awarded a talent holding deal with NBC Universal, along with other opportunities to be announced later this year.

Each year NBC selects 3-5 cities across the country and holds both auditions and live showcases of the top diverse talent from that area. At the end of the search a handful of comedians are brought back to Los Angeles to showcase for key industry players at NBC Universal and industry-wide. Many of the comics from last year's 2012 Best of Stand-Up for Diversity showcase signed with top Hollywood agents and met with the entertainment industry's leading casting directors and executives. Top 'Stand-Up NBC' finalists also had the opportunity to perform at the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) and have booked hundreds of college appearances through NBCU’s established partnership with NACA.

Stand-Up NBC Auditions

Comics will have one minute at the initial regional open auditions. A handful will be invited back later that day to perform a longer set. Based upon performance, a select group of semi-finalists will have a chance to perform live at the NBC Universal showcase the next evening where industry executives are invited to attend. Comics must have a total minimum of five minutes of polished material. Audience response will be a factor in determining which comic (or comics) will be selected for the "Stand-Up NBC Finale" showcase in Los Angeles.

Only the first 100 comics to arrive on the auditions days will be seen. It is highly advisable to show up early.

San Diego:

The Comedy Palace
8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92123

Auditions: Sunday, July 14 (10am).
Showcase: Monday, July 15 (8pm)

New York:

The Village Underground
130 W. 3rd Street
New York, NY 10012

You may choose only ONE of the following audition days. Please do not show up for both days.

Auditions (Day 1): Saturday, August 17 (10am)
Auditions (Day 2): Sunday, August 18, (10am)
Showcase: Monday, August 19 (8pm)

Austin, TX

Cap City Comedy Club
8120 Research Blvd.
Austin, TX 78758

Auditions: Saturday, September 21 (10am)
Showcase: Sunday, September 22 (8pm)


This is not a show that will air on NBC, but rather an opportunity to be showcased for agents, casting directors, and television executives in consideration for future casting and development opportunities. This open call is for comics of diverse backgrounds who are serious about being funny. Stand-Up NBC does not require comics to be of a certain age to audition, however most of the comedy clubs where they showcase are 21 and up only.

Stand-Up NBC Success Stories

• Brandon T. Jackson - Starred in hit films "Tropic Thunder" and "Percy Jackson & The Olympians".

• Tone Bell - Cast as a Series Regular in NBC's "Whitney".

• Lil Rel - Cast in "In Living Color" reboot for FOX, named one of Variety's 10 Comics to Watch 2012.

• W. Kamau Bell - Host of FX's late night show "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell".

• Eric Andre - Star of the "Eric Andre Show" on Adult Swim, cast in ABC's "Don't Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23".

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

• Hannibal Buress - Writing credits include "30 Rock" and "Saturday Night Live".

• Dion Cole - Currently a writer on "Conan".

• Kevin Shea - Signed with Innovative Artists and booked over 45 colleges

More information about Stand-Up NBC can be found at