hero-playground-logoNBC has announced the finalists for NBC Playground, its grassroots initiative designed to discover fresh, cutting-edge comedy talent. NBC’s Entertainment President Jennifer Salke announced in April the national campaign that offers aspiring comedy writers from across the country the opportunity to pitch ideas with the winners getting a show on the NBC schedule.

The finalists are Jeff Galante (Los Angeles), Tyler Hall (Brooklyn), Melissa Hunter (Los Angeles), Avery Lee & Bobby Richards (Chicago), Kassia Miller (New York), Daniel Poliner (Brooklyn), Jameel Saleem (Los Angeles) and Adriano Valentini & Aaron Colom (Los Angeles). Winners will be announced in mid-2015.