by Lindy West
on Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 4:44 PM
It's the NBC Stand-Up for Diversity showcase tonight at the Comedy Underground, which could be a big deal for a handful of local comics. Here's what that means:
Each year NBC selects 3-5 cities across the country and holds both auditions and live showcases of the top diverse talent from that area. At the end of the search a handful of comedians are brought back to Los Angeles to showcase for key industry players at NBC Universal and industry-wide. Many of the comics from last year's Best of Stand-Up for Diversity showcase signed with top Hollywood agents and met with the entertainment industry's leading casting directors and executives.
Previous winners include Hari Kondabolu, Hannibal Buress, Brent Weinbach, Ron Funches, and all these other people. Tonight's batch of ten finalists includes Stranger friends/contributors Ahamefule J. Oluo AND Solomon Georgio (plus eight other very funny and "diverse" humans). Exciting!!! I recommend that you go and clap for them and laugh and laugh and laugh.
Comedy Underground, $5, doors at 8 pm, show at 8:30 pm.