NBC Takes Grassroots Approach to Finding Their Next Hit Sitcom

In a move that sounds like a delayed April Fool’s joke, NBC is looking to normal people for their next comedy hit. The network announced the Comedy Playground initiative which will allow anyone to submit up to two video samples (5-10 minutes each) of their pre-existing work, along with up to two video pitches (2-5 minutes per pitch), each describing a unique, original show idea, to nbccomedyplayground.com beginning May 1st.

A comedy advisory board composed of talent including Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph, Aziz Ansari, Mindy Kaling, Jason Bateman and many more comedy heavy hitters will pick two winners out of 10 finalists to have their series’ pilots funded and produced by NBC. Meanwhile, a third series will be chosen by viewers to be produced digitally. All three series will aim for a Summer 2015 debut.

“We are taking a bold, alternative approach in what we hope will uncover original comedy minds who are looking for a way to get into the television business,” said NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. “We love that an incredible A-list roster of producers, writers and performers have jumped in to help us find that untapped talent.”

Will you be submitting your comedy ideas to NBC?