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Late Night Writers Workshop

The NBCUniversal Late Night Writers Workshop is a program focused on exposing talented joke, sketch and comedy writers to NBCUniversal's late-night & alternative lineup and readying them for a staff writer position. We are looking for writers who are "almost there" but need that final bit of preparation and exposure to key industry players. We particularly encourage female writers and those of diverse backgrounds to apply.

Here’s Your Big Break

The NYC-based workshop will consist of improv classes, as well as keynote speakers.  The selected writers will create new sketch material and gain insight into the dynamics of a late night writers’ room, as well as learn about NBCUniversal’s late-night & alternative lineup. Participants are given the chance to interact with key writers and producers from across NBCUniversal’s late-night shows, as well as receive feedback on their material. Successful participants’ material will be submitted to NBCU’s late-night & alternative executives, but writing assignments are not a guarantee.

 

Application Requirements

** THE 2014 SUBMISISON PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED**

1. Applicants must submit ALL of the following pieces in one properly formatted packet:

  1. 1-2 pages of topical monologue jokes. If you think it helps us, please indicate which host's voice you have in mind (can be but does not have to be NBC host). Topical news jokes and pop culture jokes should make up the bulk of your material.
  2. 1-2 pages of original ideas for refillable late night “desk bits”. These can be ideas for elements like Jimmy Fallon’s “Thank You Notes”, pre-taped correspondent bits like “Jaywalking” or multimedia bits. For this portion, please provide descriptions of the bits and not scripts.
  3. 2 SNL-style sketches (no more than 5 pages EACH).  One sketch should introduce an original character and one should be topical (something newsworthy or pop culture-based).

 This packet must be submitted as ONE PDF file.

2. Applicants must complete the Late Night Writers Workshop application, which includes your bio, resume and essay questions. You can access the application here

3. Applicants must fill out a release form for their submitted packet (link will be provided when application is open). Upload form in online application.

4. Applicants may provide one letter of recommendation from a colleague or mentor who is familiar with their comedy writing.  Please do not submit a letter from an original character or from your Mom. The letter must be no longer than two pages.

5. Applicants must be able to provide their own housing and transportation to New York City for the duration of the program. (NOTE: You do not need to be based in New York City to be considered.)

 

Timeline 

January 10 - 24, 2014 (11:59pm PT DEADLINE): Submission Period

February 2014: Finalists interviews / selection

March 20 - 25, 2014 (date subject to change): Workshop in New York City

All dates are subject to change.  Please check our Facebook page and website for updates.

Questions (NOT APPLICATIONS) should be submitted to latenightwritersworkshop@nbcuni.com

For FAQ, click here.