NBC’s Diverse Late Night Writers Program Names 2018 Class


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NBC has named the 2018 class for its Late Night Writers Workshop, an initiative dedicated to discovering and developing late night and sketch comedy writers of diverse backgrounds.

Chosen from among more than 1,000 applicants, Alyssa Feller, Jonathan Giles, Michael Hartney, John Mahone, Cameron Smith, Natasha Vaynblat and Bryan Yang will participate in an intensive six-day program this month that will ready them to be staff writers on late-night and sketch-comedy shows.

During the program at NBC’s 30 Rock headquarters in Manhattan, the Late Night Writers Workshop participants will get an in-depth look at a late-night show including attending a monologue rehearsal and getting a behind-the-scenes tour. Guest speakers from across NBCUniversal’s late night shows as well as Late Night Writer Workshop alumni will lead intimate conversations with the writers about their experiences working in late night and sketch comedy.

Each day also consists of writing instruction, insightful feedback, and collaborative assignments that mirror the late-night comedy writing experience.

Following the program, NBC continues advocating for the writers including putting them up for open staffing positions on the network’s late-night shows and helping them secure representation.

“In the six years since its inception, our Late Night Writers Workshop has changed the landscape of late night and sketch comedy by infusing fresh, new diverse voices into the writers rooms,” said Karen Horne, SVP Programming Talent Development & Inclusion at NBC Entertainment and Universal Television.

“Since late night and sketch comedy use the cultural zeitgeist and world events to drive their humor, it’s especially critical to have inclusive writers rooms that reflect the diversity in our world.”