In the words of Obama: Yes, you can (write jokes about Trump for late night TV). via NBC screenshot
President-pee-flecked Donald Trump is a gift to late-night writers everywhere. Even after the election results were in, 2016 remained a gilded age for irreverent political sketch comedy and Trump takedowns, from Kate McKinnon’s Hillary impressions to Samantha Bee’s sermons.
And if, like most late night comics and their writing teams, you spent last year furiously penning sketch ideas for the next four years (gleep), then chin up: NBCUniversal’s Late Night Writers Workshop is once again accepting applications for its writers program, and you (yes, you) can apply to the class of 2017!
The workshop website is “a multi-day program focused on exposing talented sketch and comedy writers to NBCUniversal’s late night & alternative line-up and readying them for a staff writer position.” In other words, kids, this workshop could be your way into a permanent gig being insulted by Sean Spicer and asked to publicly apologize for your jokes! The deadline is Sunday (Jan. 15) so get on it! (more…)
Your words could make it all the way to the mouth of Angela Merkel. via NBC
It’s a new year, and a new you. This is the year you finally get recognized for your raw potential. If 2015 saw you slogging through the cavernous tunnels of anonymous copywriting, or penning clever tweets for a crummy startup that wasn’t making better use of your inherent comedic talents, then chin up: NBCUniversal’s Late Night Writers Workshop is now accepting applications for its 2016 program, and you (yes, you) can apply.
According to the website, the workshop is “a multi-day program focused on exposing talented sketch and comedy writers to NBCUniversal’s late night & alternative line-up and readying them for a staff writer position.” In other words, kids, this workshop could be your way into a permanent gig on Jimmy Fallon. The deadline is Friday so get on it. (more…)
Now, with the latest Blizzard That Never Was, some of you may have gotten time off from your awful, terrible jobs. Of course, you might have thought you had time off from your horrible job, only to realize you didn’t when the skies opened up and it turned out “blizzard” means 4 inches of snow. Possibly, you didn’t have any job to get/not get to, in which case you just binge-watched a frankly, insane amount of X-Files and tried to make your pets speak. In any of these cases, however, it seems like there is a common thread: you may need a few job. This just happens to be your lucky day, however, since we here at Brokelyn have collected up the best offerings of the week and delivered them right to your grey-slush-covered doorstep. (more…)
Can you make the next great comedy that everyone says they love but no one seems to watch?
If you’re involved in a creative pursuit in New York, your mom or your grandpa is always telling you to just walk right into Mr. NBC’s office and tell him about your great idea for a TV show. “You’re so funny, they’ll have to listen to you,” your mom says. “Jesus ma, that’s not how it works,” you reply. Except NBC is desperate now and has put out a call for comedy pitches from any damn idiot on the internet. Guess you mom was right again, so maybe you should also go out with that nice girl whose parents she met at shul last week. (more…)
Being in your twenties is the most important thing that could possibly happen to you. It doesn’t even really matter what you do during your twenties, as long as you’re alive between the ages of 20 and 29, you’re interesting and the things you do should be marveled at and dissected. Fortunately, this underserved, invisible demographic is getting a fresh new voice, and one that won’t come with any nepotism sniping at all. Introducing Ezra Koenig‘s sister, Emma Koenig! (more…)
[UPDATE: You have to use a cable subscription to log in to the streaming. Which means you have to just borrow a friend’s cable information.] Following in the footsteps of the Superbowl, the Girls pilot and, uh, every other show that doesn’t have a good enough legal team to beat all the torrents of the world, NBC plans to stream the London Olympics this summer for free, live online as the events happen for the first time ever. “If cameras are on it, we’ll stream it,” an NBC exec told the New York Times. (more…)
Maybe this is old news to some, but the rest of us who pay only tangential attention to sports are upending our Sunday plans: NBC is streaming the Superbowl online for free this year, which means you don’t need to make nice with your one friend in the suburbs who has a TV or spend dozens of dollars at a bar. Of course, two things to consider: 1) there’s no telling how good the stream will be, which means you could miss minutes of the game to annoying buffering and overloaded networks; and 2) isn’t it just fun to be out and about in the while watching a New York team beat up on a Boston one?
Broke? Jobless? Hair's Donny! image via dealbreaker.com
Quit your arduous job search, stop the interviews and pull down that LinkedIn profile, brokesters, because your get-rich scheme has finally arrived. A tipster passed along this casting call:
NBC is casting for its new edition of The Apprentice and is looking for business professionals who have been affected by the economic downturn and are ready to go to work again. People of all ages are welcome to apply from recent college grads to executives who are 40+.(more…)