Comedy@SCA Presents: Disney's THE MUPPETS

November 19, 2011, 7:00 P.M.

Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall

Comedy@SCA, Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

The Muppets (2011)

Directed by James Bobin
Screenplay by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller
Followed by a Q&A with James Bobin

7:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 19th, 2011
Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall


Opens Nationwide on Wednesday, November 23rd

About The Muppets (2011)

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage a telethon and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With signature celebrity cameos, Disney’s The Muppets hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011.

35mm print provided courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Rated PG.

To learn more about the film and to view the trailer, click here.


About James Bobin (Director)

JAMES BOBIN (Director) is a British director and producer and one of the most inventive comedic writers in television. He created, wrote and executive produced the hit series Flight of the Conchords for HBO and played a key role in making it one of “Time” magazine’s top five new television series in 2007. The show garnered seven Emmy® nominations including Outstanding Comedy Series. For his work on Flight of the Conchords, Bobin received back-to-back nominations for Outstanding Directing and Writing as well as a Writers Guild Award nomination.

In 2000, Bobin created, wrote and directed Da Ali G Show for Channel 4 in England and devised the show’s iconic characterizations Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev and Bruno (all played by Sacha Baron Cohen). He was the driving force in bringing the critically-acclaimed series to the United States and was nominated twice by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for both Outstanding Directing and Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program.

Born in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, Bobin graduated from Oxford University and went on to work at the BBC series Fantasy Football League, where he directed two seasons of the hit program. He then went on to produce and direct two seasons of The 11 O’Clock Show for Channel 4 in England, which is where he met Cohen and was nominated for a BAFTA Television Award. In 2000, he wrote and directed Thumb Candy, the first-ever documentary for Channel 4 in England about the history of video games.

Bobin currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Francesca, daughter Madelaine and son Jack.

About the Comedy@SCA Festival, November 18th - 20th, 2011

Comedy@SCA is the School of Cinematic Arts' initiative to become the destination institution for students who are serious about Comedy. We intend to fill a gap in University Education with instruction in the writing, directing, editing, shooting and producing of Comedy. Our unique curriculum will allow students to focus their film studies toward the Comedy genre. In addition to our distinguished faculty of comedy professionals, we work to create interaction between students and the leading comedy talent of our day. It is our goal to foster a greater appreciation of the difficult art of comedy, and to recognize, preserve and pass on the legacies of great figures in Film, Television and future media of Comedy.Courses will be open to USC students campuswide beginning Spring 2012.

Join us as we kick off the initiative with a comedy festival from November 18th - 20th, 2011, featuring screenings and discussions with leading figures in contemporary comedy.

View the full schedule for the festival at

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the general public. Please bring a photo ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

About Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative

Visions and Voices is a university-wide arts and humanities initiative that is unparalleled in higher education. The initiative was established by USC President C. L. Max Nikias during his tenure as provost in order to fulfill the goals set forth in USC's strategic plan, to communicate USC's core values to students, and to affirm the human spirit. Emphasizing the university's commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, the initiative features a spectacular array of events conceived and organized by faculty and schools throughout the university. The series includes theatrical productions, music and dance performances, conferences, lectures, film screenings and many other special events both on and off campus. Each program invites students to dialogue and interact with artists, writers, professors and special guests. These interactions provide a dynamic experience of the arts and humanities and encourage active exploration of USC's core values, including freedom of inquiry and expression, team spirit, appreciation of diversity, commitment to serving one's community, entrepreneurial spirit, informed risk-taking, ethical conduct and the search for truth.

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