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!
SCA alumnus Tim Story to talk comedy filmmaking with students in CTWR 404, Foundations of Comedy Monday, September 12
Foundations of Comedy Class
SCA professors Jack Epps, Barnet Kellman and David Isaacs, had a dream.
USC Comedy Report