[06/17/10 - 10:56 AM]
Ken Jeong (NBC's 'Community') Is Named Spokesperson of NBC's Seventh-Annual 'Stand-Up for Diversity' Comic Search
The highly anticipated talent search begins in New York City on June 28, followed by auditions in San Antonio on August 1 and San Francisco on September 13.

[via press release from NBC]



UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- June 17, 2010 -- NBC Universal's (NBCU) Kendra Carter, Director of Talent Diversity Initiatives, announced today that acclaimed actor-comedian Ken Jeong (NBC's "Community," "The Hangover") will be the spokesperson for NBCU's 2010 "Stand-up for Diversity" comic search and will be the host of the event's finale showcase.

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

"I'm honored to be a part of 'Stand-Up for Diversity,'" said Jeong. "I'm excited that NBC Universal is making huge strides to further their diversity efforts."

The highly anticipated talent search begins in New York City on June 28 -- followed by auditions in San Antonio on August 1 and San Francisco on September 13. The search will culminate in Los Angeles with a final industry showcase in early December. The promising showcase will present the entire industry with a first look at the nation's freshest comedic talent as selected by NBCU.

"NBCU is excited to enter its seventh year of 'Stand-up for Diversity,'" said Carter. "Through this initiative, comedians have been able to launch new career milestones. Since the inception of the program, many participating comics have gone on to sign with top Hollywood managers, agents, and met with leading casting executives. Top 'Stand-up for Diversity' 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."

"Being a finalist of NBC's 'Stand-up for Diversity,' definitely opened many doors and presented me with opportunities," said, Ian Edwards, the top finalist of the event's 2004 launch. Since being named a top finalist of the first-ever NBC diversity showcase, Edwards has made appearances on "Late Night with Conan O'Brian," "Bad Boys of Comedy," "Live @ Gotham," written for the "Boondocks," Comedy Central's "Chocolate News," and also was a cast member on "PUNK'D."

This year's "Stand-up for Diversity" tour kicks off in New York City on June 28 with an open call at Comix Comedy Club -- located at 353 West 14th Street -- where auditions will begin promptly at 10 a.m. The first 100 comedians will have the opportunity to perform a one-minute stand-up set. Based upon performance, a select group of semi-finalists will have a chance to perform live at the NBCU showcase the following evening where industry executives are invited to attend.

The process will repeat itself in each city and the audience response will be a factor in determining which comic (or comics) will be selected for the "Best of Stand-up for Diversity" finale in Los Angeles.

Open calls and showcases will be held at the following locations:

Comix Comedy Club
Auditions: Monday, June 28 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Showcase: Tuesday, June 29 (8 p.m.)

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club
Auditions: Sunday, August 1 (10 a.m.- 1 p.m.)
Rivercenter Comedy Club
Showcase: Monday, August 2 (8 p.m.)

The Punchline
Auditions: Monday, September 13 (10 a.m.- 1 p.m.)
Showcase: Tuesday, September 14 (8 p.m.)

Prospective participants and audiences can check for details online at www.standupnbc.com or www.diversecitynbc.com.

  [june 2010]  


[10/21/16 - 02:02 PM]
NLCS Game 5 Is Second Most-Watched Telecast in FS1 History
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Thursday, October 20.

[10/21/16 - 12:08 PM]
Freeform Brings Fan Favorite "Stitchers" and New Original Sci-Fi Series "Beyond" to Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con on October 29 and 30
"Stitchers" co-stars Ritesh Rajan, Damon Dayoub and Sarah Davenport are among those scheduled to appear.

[10/21/16 - 10:05 AM]
Freeform's Annual "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas" Starts on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24
Said offerings include the premiere "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," "Boxtrolls," and the network premiere of the fourth installment of the hit "Cinderella Story" franchise, "A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits."

[10/21/16 - 10:04 AM]
Freeform's Funday Programming Event Begins November 12 and Continues Through November 13
Highlights include the network premieres of "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Shrek Forever After."

[10/21/16 - 10:03 AM]
"Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour" to Premiere on Showtime(R) on December 9 at 9 PM ET/PT
The film is co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies.

[10/21/16 - 09:55 AM]
David Blaine Is Back With an Extraordinary Special, "David Blaine: Beyond Magic," Airing Tuesday, November 15, on ABC
Following his critically acclaimed ratings smash "David Blaine: Real or Magic," Blaine returns with his most revealing performance yet.

[10/21/16 - 09:35 AM]
Video: Netflix's "Haters Back Off!" Star Miranda Sings Shares Some of Her Favorite Things
Based on the character created by Colleen Ballinger, "Haters Back Off!" delves into the oddball family life of Miranda Sings.

[10/21/16 - 09:31 AM]
Video: Netflix Unveils The Ivory Game Trailer and Poster
From executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, The Ivory Game is an epic documentary feature that goes undercover into the dark and sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking.

[10/21/16 - 09:29 AM]
Premiere Date Change - A&E Network Will Now Air Original Docu-Series "The Killing Season" on November 12
The newcomer will now roll out with back-to-back episodes one week later than previously announced.

[10/21/16 - 09:24 AM]
No One Can Hear You Scream: Investigation Discovery's All-New Series "Dead Silent" Premieres Tuesday, October 25 at 9/8C
In the six-part series, myth, urban legend, and horror movie dread collide to showcase real-life, dark and twisted tales too frightening to be imaginary.

[10/21/16 - 09:02 AM]
Oxygen Media Strikes Again with New True Crime Series "Killision Course" Premiering Saturday, November 5th at 9PM ET/PT
The four-episode, genre breaking series, recreates true stories of murder connecting the victim, accomplice and killer, on a joy ride of suspense, betrayal and obsession.

[10/21/16 - 08:47 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Holds Off Competition with NFL
The Eye wins the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[10/20/16 - 03:55 PM]
Oxygen Media Tests the Bonds of Friendship When New Competition Series "The Battle of the Ex-Besties" Premieres Tuesday, December 6 at 11PM ET/PT
Hosted by Sibley Scoles, the series follows fourteen former BFFs who are forced to confront - and hopefully forget - past differences in order to win a life-changing $100,000 grand prize.

[10/20/16 - 01:49 PM]
Investigation Discovery Delivers Nearly One Million Viewers for World Television Premiere of "Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four"
Investigation Discovery further spins the numbers for Saturday, October 15.

[10/20/16 - 01:04 PM]
Investigation Discovery Looks at When Happily Ever After Goes Horribly Wrong in All-New Series "Married with Secrets"
The new eight-part series premieres Tuesday, October 25 at 10:00/9:00c.