Have you heard of comedian Sheng Wang? Well, get familiar with the name because the Taiwanese American was just signed to a one-year talent holding deal with NBC Universal as a part of the prize for winning top honors at NBC Universal’s seventh-annual “Stand-Up for Diversity” comedy search. Held at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood, Calif., and hosted by Indian Canadian comedian/actor Russell Peters, the competition concluded a three-city search for the nation’s funniest diverse comics.
“We were impressed by all of the talented and promising new voices who auditioned for our showcase this year,” said Grace Wu, Executive Vice-President, Casting, NBC Universal. “We selected our winner, Sheng Wang, because of his smart, insightful writing and his hilarious stand up performance. He is well deserving of this talent deal and we welcome him to the NBC Universal family.”
Known as the “Taiwanese Texan,” Wang was born in Taiwan, raised in Houston and developed his comedy chops in San Francisco. Wang has toured with the Comedians of Comedy and American Eagle’s “Campus Comedy Challenge.” He also has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham” and attended the “Just for Laughs” comedy festival in Montreal.
Wanna catch him live? He’ll be joining the touring company of NBC’s Stand-Up for Diversity College Tour, which will be performing at more than 50 college campuses nationwide. Additionally, select finalists will be featured in February at the N.A.C.A convention in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to Wang, this year’s finalists included Phoebe Robinson, Thomas Dale, Mike Britt, Ron Funches, Samuel J. Comroe, JJ Williamson, Amir K and Tony Baker.