StandUp NBC Competition has announced Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York City and Dallas as the audition cities for its 17th annual nationwide search for stand-up comedians of diverse backgrounds.
Last year, Franqi French and Rene Vaca won the competition, making it the first time in the program’s 16-year history that two winners have been chosen in a single year.. Notable StandUp NBC alumni include Tone Bell (Little), Michelle Buteau (First Wives Club), W. Kamau Bell (United Shades of America), Deon Cole (Grown-ish), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), Hasan Minhaj (Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj), Amanda Seales (Insecure) and Dulcé Sloan (The Daily Show).
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If you cannot make it to any of the audition cities this year, NBC will accept online video submissions. Comedians can submit a recent two-minute performance in lieu of attending the first round open call.
Each city will host a first-round open call (with the exception of Chicago), call backs, and a semi-finalist showcase where French and Vaca are set to headline.
The winner of StandUp NBC receives a talent holding deal with NBCUniversal and a headlining spot at the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) annual convention that is attended by talent bookers from across the country.
The dates for the five-city tour are below.
- Online Submission Window: March 27 – April 19 (Only accepting online submissions in Chicago)
- Semi-finalist Showcase: June 14
Los Angeles (Oxnard)
- Online Submission Window: April 10 – May 3
- First Round Open Call: June 30
- Semi-finalist Showcase: July 1
- Online Submission Window: April 24 – May 17
- First Round Open Call: July 18
- Semi-finalist Showcase: July 19
New York City
- Online Submission Window: May 23 – June 14
- First Round Open Call: August 15
- Semi-finalist Showcase: August 17
- Online Submission Window: June 6 – July 12
- First Round Open Call: September 12
- Semi-finalist Showcase: September 13
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