The Second City is Partnering with NBCUniversal Talent Development & Inclusion
As part of its continued commitment to increasing inclusivity both on the air and behind the scenes, NBCUniversal Talent Development & Inclusion has partnered with us to invest in a series of programs to broaden our pool of comedic voices.
“NBCUniversal is honored and excited to partner with The Second City to encourage and nurture emerging and diverse comedic talent,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBCUniversal. “The Second City has historically been a premier training ground for comedic and improv talent – and NBCUniversal is delighted, through this partnership, to help make this incredible learning opportunity and exposure more accessible to the diverse talent who represent the comedy voices of the future.”
“We are thrilled that NBCUniversal shares our passion and commitment to diversifying the comedy community,” said Andrew Alexander, CEO/President for The Second City. “We are excited to have them as a partner on these initiatives and appreciate their support in the efforts of our Outreach and Diversity division.”
Three programs will debut as part of this partnership:
● NBCUniversal Second City Bob Curry Fellowships: Sixteen fellowships will be awarded to emerging talent to hone their comedic and sketch writing skills. Named after the first African American ensemble member of The Second City, the fellowship is an eight-week master class series, which culminates in a showcase performance at The Second City. This fellowship program will begin on April 7, 2015.
● NBCUniversal Second City Emerging Voices Scholarship Awards: Three scholarships, one in each of the cities with The Second City training programs — Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood, will be awarded for one year of advanced improvisation or sketch writing training. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates from diverse communities.
● NBCUniversal Second City Break Out Festival: In 2015, The Second City will launch a new comedy festival spotlighting some of the country’s best emerging talent in sketch, improvisation and stand-up, sponsored by NBCUniversal Talent Development & Inclusion. Headlined by comedians Al Madrigal (NBC’s “About a Boy”) and Ron Funches (NBC’s “Undateable”), the event will feature performances and workshops spotlighting emerging comedic talent.