The "NBC Playground" Contest Couldn't Find Any Ideas Outside of New York, LA, or Chicago
by Megh Wright Remember when NBC announced its new "grassroots" talent initiative NBC Playground last year in hopes to — in the words of the network — find talented comedy writers by "reaching beyond the traditional talent labs of film schools and NY/LA comedy clubs"? Well, NBC announced... [Read More]
Sebastian Maniscalco on Late Night with Seth Meyers
Sebastian Maniscalco is happy to be done with the holiday season. Not that spending the night with relatives is any easier or less stressful for him than staying in a hotel. They both have their disadvantages, as Maniscalco explained on Thursday's episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers. Roll the cli... [Read More]
Fred Armisen Announces the Charlie Chaplin Photo Awareness Festival on 'Late Night'
by Megh Wright During last night's Late Night, Seth Meyers checked in with band leader Fred Armisen to ask about his latest project "Charlie Fest," an all-day music festival that hopes to raise awareness of pictures of Charlie Chaplin, particularly for younger people who might not be aware that ther... [Read More]
Nick Guerra wins NBC’s 11th annual Stand-Up For Diversity contest, network holding deal
Nick Guerra may have made an even better first impression with NBC than he thought. Last summer, you saw Guerra shine in his early auditions for Last Comic Standing. Last night, NBC announced he'd won the network's separate contest, called StandUp NBC (formerly Stand-Up For Diversity). His prize is ... [Read More]
Finalists announced for first NBC Playground comedy pitch contest
NBC has announced the 10 finalists for the first edition of the network's NBC Playground, an open competition to seek out new voices for primetime broadcast sitcoms. Entries that advanced after submitting initial introduction videos, sitcom pitches and the required application are: Jeff Galante (Los... [Read More]
Iliza Shlesinger on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Iliza Shlesinger has a new stand-up hour-plus debuting this weekend on Netflix, and to celebrate/promote it, the former Last Comic champ performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Now that Shlesinger is in her 30s, she'd like to be more serious about her dating experiences. Now if only she... [Read More]
Nick Kroll Looks Back on Some 'Kroll Show' Fan Encounters on 'Late Night'
by Megh Wright Nick Kroll was a guest on last night's Late Night, where he chatted with Seth Meyers about his decision to end Kroll Show, what his post-Kroll Show plans are, and what it's like to meet the real Bobby Bottleservices around the country who are fans of his show. 0 Comments... [Read More]
NBC Orders Two Comedy Pilots 'People Are Talking' and 'Take It From Us'
by Megh Wright NBC revealed plans for a big multi-cam comedy push at TCA this year, and they're already following through on that promise with the order of two couple-themed multi-cam pilots. Deadline reports that the network has ordered two pilots called People Are Talking and Take It From Us. Grow... [Read More]
NBC teams with Sky 1 UK to air Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally, Jenna Fischer comedy “Apocalypse Slough”
NBC set to air Apocalypse Slough, a comedic drama featuring talents from Parks and Recreation, The Office, Will & Grace, Broadchurch and more. Some of the best from the US and UK team up with the British network Sky,  who are developing a new comedy series featuring Rob Lowe, Mega... [Read More]
Rob Lowe, Jenna Fischer, and Megan Mullally to Star in New Series 'Apocalypse Slough'
by Megh Wright Will Forte isn't the only performer to star in a show about the end of the world this year. Deadline reports that Rob Lowe, Jenna Fischer, and Megan Mullally have all joined the cast of Apocalypse Slough, an upcoming 10-part comedy/drama series on British channel Sky 1 that NBC is als... [Read More]