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In 2010 USC became the first university in the nation to offer a program dedicated to training filmmakers in the art of comedy. USC Comedy at the School of Cinematic Arts offers instruction in the writing, directing, production as well as the history and theory of comedy. Students work with a distinguished, award-winning faculty of comedy professionals to discover and develop their comedic voices, while getting unrivaled access to the field through workshops, internships, demonstrations and screenings and festivals.

USC Comedy boasts an award-winning faculty that includes Jack Epps Jr. (The Secret of My Success, Legal Eagles, Top Gun) Barnet Kellman (Murphy Brown , Mad About You, George Lopez) David Isaacs (Cheers, Frasier, M*A*S*H*), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory) John Bowman (Saturday Night Live, In Living Color), Dave Goetch (The Big Bang Theory), Russ Woody (Drew Carrey), Mary Lou Belli (Girlfriends), Tim Marx (Baby Daddy) to name just a few.

Our students benefit from the expertise and participation of SCA Comedy Alumni such as Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents), Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy), Peter Segal (Tommy Boy, Get Smart), Tim Story (Barber Shop, Ride Along), Gabe Sachs (Freaks and Geeks), Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air), and Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off The Boat) among many other luminaries and industry professionals.

Students at the USC Comedy at the School of Cinematic Arts Festival

(From Left) Barnet Kellman, Liz Meriwether, Chelsea Peretti, Kate Micucci, Riki Lindhome, David Isaacs, Nahnatchka Khan, Jack Epps, Jr. and Joanna Cherensky at the Women in Comedy Panel

The set of Comedy@SCA Live!

Bill Prady interviews James Burrows at the Showrunner Summit at the Comedy@SCA Festival

Jack Epps, Jr. Interviews Ivan Reitman in Frank Sinatra Hall

Bill Prady, James Burrows, Paul Junger Witt, Phil Rosenthal, and Larry Wilmore at the USC Comedy Showrunners Summit

James Burrows and Lisa Kurdrow at the Comedy@SCA Festival's honoring of James Burrows

An actor at Comedy@SCA's master class with James L. Brooks and Larry Moss

Alumni Paul Feig and Gabe Sachs in conversation about Freaks and Geeks in Frank Sinatra Hall

Lawrence O'Donnell, Conan O'Brian, Greg Daniels and Al Jean at SCA's Tribute to the Harvard Lampoon

Peter Segal and Steve Carell in Frank Sinatra Hall where Carell recieved the Jack and Victoria Horne Oakie Award

The cast of the second season of Comedy LIVE!


Everybody Loves Raymond Creator Visiting Foundations of Comedy

Phil Rosenthal
Guest Profile

Jack Oakie Comedy Student Short Film Festival

Pauly Shore
Guest Profile

Student Spotlight: Meenakshi Ramamurthy and Khaled Ridgeway

USC Comedy Students
Student Profile

Jack Oakie Comedy Student Short Film Festival Winners

1st: A Day in the Life

2nd: L.A.'s Hottest Bar Is...

3rd: A Cheeky Problem

Featured Student Work

USC Comedy Live

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