NBC sets online talent search for comedy writers

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NBC is launching a national talent search for comedy writers.

The initiative dubbed "NBC Comedy Playground" will give up to 10 finalists the chance to create pilots and a formal presentation. NBC said Tuesday that two winners will be chosen to create half-hour comedies to air on the network in summer 2015.

NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke says the network wants to uncover original comedy minds who want an "express pass" into the TV industry. The top two ideas will be picked by a celebrity advisory board including Eva Longoria, Sean Hayes, Mindy Kaling and Seth Meyers. Another prize, the chance to create an online comedy, will be decided by a public vote.

Application videos can be submitted online at starting May 1.

Related Headlines

  • Amy Poehler Greg Poehler

    Amy Poehler and brother Greg team on new comedy

    Another Poehler sibling is bringing his comedy to television. Greg Poehler, whose sister Amy stars on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," stars in "Welcome to Sweden," debuting July ... 

  • Seth Meyers

    Making a difference with Seth Meyers

    The difference between Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers in the days before their first talk shows began is evident in what they spent the most time on, said the man who guided ... 

  • Andy Samberg Fred Armisen

    Samberg has advice for anyone fired from 'SNL'

    Andy Samberg wants ousted "Saturday Night Live" cast members to know there is life after the comedy show. Brooks Wheelan tweeted earlier this week that he had been fired from ... 

  • Our town: Fred and Carrie return with 'Portlandia'

    A bargain-hunting couple find a free parking spot in downtown Portland. Then they cram a full day's activities into the 15 minutes it provides. ... After his successful first ... 

Find your future job here