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NBC and JFL bringing “Bring The Funny” comedy contest to primetime

In the years since the last edition of Last Comic Standing, comedians have gotten their biggest breaks on NBC via America’s Got Talent. But on AGT, they’ve had to compete with all sorts of entertainers, and aside from ventriloquists, no comedian has ever won AGT.

Now they’ll have a new primetime competition all their own. And it’ll be open to anyone funny of almost any age — Bring The Funny is open to contestants ages 9 and up (with parent/guardian if under 13).

NBC has ordered 10 episodes of Bring The Funny. Amanda Seales, who just released her first stand-up comedy special on HBO, will host. Your judges? Saturday Night Live‘s Kenan Thompson, Jeff Foxworthy, and Chrissie Teigen.

In partnership with the international organization Just for Laughs, “Bring the Funny” will feature the best of the best stand-ups, sketch troupes and comedic variety acts. From solo comics to sketch troupes to musicians, magicians, podcasters, puppeteers, YouTubers and more – anyone who can make audiences laugh will have the chance to receive the career-changing $250,000 prize package and see their name in lights in the Bring the Funny showcase.

“Great comedians know how to make us laugh while serving as a reflection of the times, and we are excited to embrace and support the myriad of ways funny people bring us levity and humor today,” said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “Kenan, Chrissy, Jeff and Amanda are not only hilarious, but are pioneers in their respective arenas and understand what it takes to have longevity and breadth in this industry. They, along with our partners at Just for Laughs, will be an insightful resource for the talent that takes our stage.”

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David Friedman and Matilda Zoltowski will executive produce. Just for Laughs President Bruce Hills serves as consulting producer. The series will be produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio.

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