Stand-up contest at inaugural Palm Springs comedy fest includes cash prize and Step1 special

The inaugural Palm Springs International Comedy Festival (PSICF) www.PalmSpringsComedyFest.com continues to come together nicely, a month before kick off. The festival already announced that it’ll present Kathy Griffin with the “Comedian of the Year” Award, and Illeana Douglas the “Pioneer in Comedy Award.” That’s in the first weekend, Nov. 9-11. In the second weekend, Nov. 16-18, the fest will […]

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Enter ABC Network’s “Discovers” digital talent search

You don’t have to go on TV to win a TV talent competition. NBC has its Stand Up for Diversity contest. And ABC has Discovers. The ABC Discovers digital talent contest is open from Sept. 10-24, 2018, and click over there to find comedian Akaash Singh lead you through a video explaining how to enter […]

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“Hammerhead” takes top honors at 2018 New York Television Festival

A hotbed for independent pilots and development deals, the first-ever summer edition of the New York Television Festival wrapped over the weekend, with Hammerhead taking top honors as both Best of the Fest and winning the NYTVF Critics Award. Just in time for Shark Week, too! Hammerhead isn’t that kind of TV show, though. Created […]

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The Jeanne Robertson Humor Competition

Jeanne Robertson has 166,000 YouTube Subscribers and many years of experience speaking at corporate events and conventions. Now she’s challenging you out there to see if you’re funny enough to join her onstage. The Jeanne Robertson Humor Competition is seeking YouTube entries by Aug. 6, 2018, for a chance at $1,000 in cash plus the […]

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truTV announces 15 finalists for 2018 Comedy Breakout Initiative

Here are the 15 finalists announced last week for truTV’s Comedy Breakout Initiative, designed to find new and distinct voices to join truTV’s existing roster of unscripted comedy-based formats, which is currently toplined by Impractical Jokers, but also features The Chris Gethard Show, Talk Show the Game Show, Comedy Knockout, and Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks. […]

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National Lampoon and Stage 32 offer $5,000 feature film screenwriting contest

National Lampoon and Stage 32 have launched a contest to find the next great comedy screenwriter. The contest, which is taking submissions through July, offers a grand prize of $5,000 with an 18-month option at the Lampoon, as well as mentoring from Lampoon creatives and executives. “We’ve admired Stage 32’s mission to help creatives from […]

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New York Television Festival selects comedy scripts up for development deal prizes in 2018

The New York Television Festival has selected 13 half-hour comedy scripts for its third annual NYTVF Scripts Competition, with industry executives poring over them and perhaps granting one or more of them with development deals after the fest this July in Manhattan. Among the more intriguing selections, a script by FOX News/FOX Business Network’s Melissa Francis […]

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New York Television Festival selects indie pilots for 2018 competition

The 2018 New York Television Festival has selected 59 original pilots and pitches for its annual Independent Pilot Competition this July. This year’s festival, the 14th NYTVF, takes place in the summer for the first time – July 14-20, 2018 at The Helen Mills Theater and Event Space, with select events at the SVA Theatre. “Some of the most […]

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SeriesFest announces finalists in Storyteller Initative for comedy writers

SeriesFest, the nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing the best and boldest emerging voices in television, in partnership with Elysium Bandini Studios and Parallel Entertainment, personal management company, today announced the three finalists of this year’s “Storyteller Initiative,” a program created to discover original comedy writers. They are:Juiciful, written by Courtney Bush, Jake Goicoechea and Will Carrington; Volunteered, written […]

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Submit your pitches for the 2018 truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative with the NYTVF

For the second year, truTV is partnering with the New York Television Festival to sponsor the truTV Comedy Breakout Initiative, offering up to $25,000 for the winning creator to develop his/her/their pitch into a potential series for the cable network. It’s free to submit. To qualify, you need to submit the following: A series overview […]

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