In its sixth consecutive year, NBC is proud to present another groundbreaking year of Stand-Up for Diversity. Through this initiative comedians of diverse backgrounds have been launched to new career milestones. Each year NBC selects 3-5 cities across the country and holds both auditions and live showcases of the top diverse talent from that area. At the end of the search a handful of comedians are brought back to Los Angeles to showcase for key industry players at NBC and industry-wide. Many of the comics from last year's Best of Stand-Up for Diversity showcase signed with top Hollywood agents and met with the entertainment industry's leading casting directors and executives. Three of the performers were among the 20 comics selected to participate in the prestigious Aspen U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. Additionally, two of the three comics were sent by NBC to the NACA (National Association of Campus Activities) National Convention where they booked a record number of nearly 60 college appearances between them for the coming year and one lucky comic was signed to a talent holding deal with NBC Universal.