Calling all aspiring comedians. NBC is currently casting for their new comedy competition show Bring the Funny. “We are looking for the best of the best from every comedy genre worldwide,” it says on the Bring The Funny website. That includes a wide search for stand-up, sketch, and variety-act comics—aspiring and established headliners alike are welcome. If you can make audiences burst out laughing, you just might win the $250,000 prize package and be a part of the Bring the Funny showcase.

David Friedman (The Four, Last Call with Carson Daly) and Matilda Zoltowski (World of Dance) are the executive producers, Just for Laughs president Bruce Hills serves as consulting producer, and the series will be produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio. “Talented hopefuls will go ‘laugh for laugh’ with some of the best comedy acts out there for a chance to win a life-changing prize,” the site touts.

NBC is famous for bringing some of the biggest talent-driven television shows like America’s Got Talent, The Voice, Ellen’s Game of Games, and World of Dance. The network recently debuted Titan Games hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. And Bring the Funny is the latest show to be added to NBC’s unscripted lineup. It differs from the Peacock network’s long-running show Last Comic Standing, which broke talents like Amy Schumer into the business, because it broadens its talent search to include more than stand-ups.

The 10-episode comedy competition series will feature judges the likes of comedy icon Jeff Foxworthy, Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson, and “cultural tastemaker” Chrissy Teigen. Comedian and Insecure actress Amanda Seales will host the show.

“Great comedians know how to make us laugh while serving as a reflection of the times, and we are excited to embrace and support the myriad of ways funny people bring us levity and humor today,” said Meredith Ahr, president of the alternative and reality group for NBC Entertainment. “Kenan, Chrissy, Jeff, and Amanda are not only hilarious but are pioneers in their respective arenas and understand what it takes to have longevity and breadth in this industry. They, along with our partners at Just for Laughs, will be an insightful resource for the talent that takes our stage.”

Thompson is starring in the comedy pilot Saving Kenan which, if it goes to series for 2019-20, he’ll probably leave SNL where he is currently the longest-serving cast member.

Bring the Funny was announced as Fox is developing a similar reality-competition series that plans to feature up-and-coming comics as well. Produced by John Irwin, Funny People is described as the ultimate search for the next comedy triple threat. Like a comedy decathlon, it puts performers through a series of live improv, stand-up, and sketch challenges and ultimately narrows the competition down until one person is crowned America’s funniest person.

In other words, it’s a time of great opportunities for aspiring comics. And it’s a terrific time for lovers of comedy to stock up on popcorn and get ready to laugh.  

So, if you’re a solo comic, part of a sketch troupe, musician, podcaster, puppeteer, magician, or YouTube performer—you name it—if you’re on a mission to make people crack up, might as well get in on the competition. Bring the Funny’s eligibility requirements state applicants must be at least nine years old; parents or guardians must apply on behalf of applicants under the age of 13; and comics must be available for production for up to fives weeks during the period of January through September 2019 and be willing to travel to various locations as part of the production.

Go to the Bring the Funny website to read more of the eligibility requirements and to fill out the official application.

 

Comments

comments