Sometimes an open call really is just that: An open call.

So, here goes. David Brenner, the 76-year-old stand-up comedian who racked up 158 appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson — more than any other comedian/guest — is looking for a new opening act. Specifically, according to the email sent to The Comic’s Comic, “He’s looking to showcase young comedians who don’t have any major TV credits.”

Even more specifically, David Brenner is looking for new stand-up comedy talent to give them a big break on a showcase Dec. 7, 2012, at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center. It’s called “The David Brenner Comedy Show — What’s So Funny — with Young Comedians.” If Brenner picks you, he will pay you, and if the show goes off well enough, he’ll sell it to cable TV and you’ll get yourself a TV credit, too. And if that goes well, then…well, maybe a generation from now, when our grandchildren have never heard of the HBO Young Comedians specials, the comedy nerds of their generation will talk about which comedy stars broke through via The David Brenner Comedy Show.

Or I could be reading too much into that.

I’m just the messenger here.

Would you like to perform for David Brenner’s new young comedian showcase on Dec. 7, 2012, in Dix Hills, NY? That much is certainly an option. If so, submit an email to Andy Engel, Gotham Comedy Club’s director of new talent, at aengelcomedy@gmail.com, and include the following:

  1. First and last name
  2. Email address
  3. Phone number
  4. Link to footage of your material (if available)

If you leave out any of the above information, then you won’t be considered.