The Nerdist School relaunching as The Ruby LA
The Nerdist School may be dying this Easter weekend, but it’ll rise from the dead next weekend as The Ruby LA, a new, more inclusive training center for comedians on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard. The Ruby LA’s launch will coincide with a 12-hour comedy festival, The Ruby Assembly, ... [Read More]
NBC announces Late Night Writers Workshop class of 2018
Congrats to the comedians and funny writers named today to NBC’s Late Night Writers Workshop, an annual program “focused on exposing talented sketch and comedy writers to NBCUniversal’s late night & alternative line-up and readying them for a staff writer position.” Alumn... [Read More]
CBS names Grace Parra and Stephen Guarino as new directors of CBS Diversity sketch comedy showcase
CBS has found not one but two replacements to head this January’s annual CBS Diversity sketch comedy showcase in Grace Parra and Stephen Guarino. Parra and Guarino replace longtime director of the showcase, Rick Najera, whom CBS fired last month after investigating multiple sexual harassment c... [Read More]
New Study Finds That Only 4.8% of TV Writers Are Black
A new study by a UCLA professor has resulted in some stunning proof that television still has a long, long way to go when it comes to diverse voices behind the camera. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the racial justice organization Color of Change has commissioned UCLA’s Darnell Hunt... [Read More]
New Study Finds That Only 4.8% of TV Writers Are Black
A new study by a UCLA professor has resulted in some stunning proof that television still has a long, long way to go when it comes to diverse voices behind the camera. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the racial justice organization Color of Change has commissioned UCLA’s Darnell Hunt... [Read More]
Rick Najera out as CBS Diversity Showcase director after sexual harassment allegations
Rick Najera is out as director of the annual CBS Diversity Showcase after multiple complaints of sexual harassment lodged against him. CBS already had investigated Najera for similar allegations earlier this year. From the network’s official statement: “In March 2017, CBS became awa... [Read More]
CBS Diversity Comedy Showcase Director Rick Najera Steps Down After Sexual Harassment Allegations
Since the Harvey Weinstein story broke, the day of reckoning has arrived for a growing list of powerful men in the entertainment industry and beyond who, like Weinstein, have a past of allegedly inappropriate workplace behavior and sexual misconduct. In the comedy world, just last week the... [Read More]
The nightly late-night writing staffs for America’s TV talk shows in 2017
Something remarkable happened on Wednesday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. It wasn’t one of the many game shows within Fallon’s talk shows, or something his musical guest performed, or anything from Fallon’s monologue or from his overly enthusiastic inter... [Read More]
StandUp NBC announces open call dates for 14th annual diversity talent search, with NBCUniversal holding deal as top prize
NBCUniversal’s 14th annual diversity talent search, StandUp NBC, is about to get underway, so mark your calendars for the following open call dates and locations. 2017 SCHEDULE  CHICAGO Open Call: June 10, 2017 Showcase: June 11, 2017 Laugh Factory 3175 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60657 SAN F... [Read More]
StandUp NBC announces open call dates for 14th annual diversity talent search, with NBCUniversal holding deal as top prize
NBCUniversal’s 14th annual diversity talent search, StandUp NBC, is about to get underway, so mark your calendars for the following open call dates and locations. 2017 SCHEDULE  CHICAGO Open Call: June 10, 2017 Showcase: June 11, 2017 Laugh Factory 3175 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60657 SAN F... [Read More]