Comedy@SCA Festival, Volume 2 Presents: Beyond BRIDESMAIDS - Women Taking Charge of Comedy

November 9, 2013, 2:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Comedy@SCA and Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative
invite you and a guest to attend a special panel discussion

Beyond Bridesmaids:
Women Taking Charge of Comedy

From Mary Pickford to Tina Fey, women have been killing it in Comedy.
Meet four of the women who are continuing that tradition in movies, television and emerging media.
Co-sponsored by the Women of Cinematic Arts.


The panel discussion will include:

    (Writer: The Heat, Parks and Recreation, MADtv)
    (Creator: Ben and Kate, Writer: Couples Retreat, What Happens in Vegas, Producer: New Girl, Stark Producing Program)
    (Writer/Producer/Actor: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Writer: The Neighbors, Stark Producing Program)
    (Writer: Parks and Recreation, Hello Ladies, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, The Onion)

2:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 9th

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Presented during a two-day Visions & Voices event:

Comedy@SCA Festival, Volume 2
Saturday, November 9 & Sunday, November 10, 2013


About the Panelists

KATIE DIPPOLD (Writer: The Heat, Parks and Recreation, MADtv)
Photo of Katie Dippold provided courtesy of photographer Robyn Von Swank.

Formerly a Co-Producer on Parks & Recreation where she wrote for 3 seasons, Katie started out as a writer/performer at UCB in NY. Prior to Parks & Rec, Katie was on the staff of MADtv for 3 seasons.  Katie sold her spec feature The Heat to Fox which was released in June 2013. The Heat was directed by Paul Feig with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy starring.

DANA FOX (Creator: Ben and Kate, Writer: Couples Retreat, What Happens in Vegas, Producer: New Girl, Stark Producing Program)

A native of Rochester, New York, Dana Fox graduated from Stanford and the University of Southern California's Peter Stark Producing program. She worked for the creators of Smallville and screenwriter John August before being named one of Variety's "10 Screenwriters to Watch." Dana wrote the 2005 film The Wedding Date, the 2008 film What Happens in Vegas, and co-wrote the 2009 film Couples Retreat starring Vince Vaughn.  She was previously a Producer on the Fox series New Girl and created and executive produced the critically acclaimed Fox series Ben and Kate. She currently has several feature writing and producing projects in development, including Don't Mess with Texas with Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, and a comedy at Universal she's attached to direct. 

TRACY OLIVER (Writer/Producer/Actor: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, Writer: The Neighbors, Stark Producing Program)

Tracy Oliver is an emerging writer in the TV, feature, and digital space who first earned acclaim with her spec screenplay, Marriage is For White People, which Morgan Freeman is attached to star and produce. She recently completed her first season as a staff writer on the new ABC comedy, The Neighbors, where she wrote two produced episodes, including an Emmy-nominated musical episode featuring original songs from award winning songwriter/composer Alan Menken. She's currently developing a musical feature with Overbrook Entertainment and producer Sandy Stern. In the digital space, Tracy is known for writing, producing, and acting in the hit comedic web series entitled, Awkward Black Girl. She recently sold a half hour digital series entitled The Last Single Girl to Universal Cable Productions.

JEN STATSKY (Writer: Parks and Recreation, Hello Ladies, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, The Onion)

Jen Statsky is a Los Angeles-based TV writer and comedian. She graduated from New York University in 2008, majoring in Film & TV Production with a concentration in writing. Jen has written for The Onion, McSweeney's, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and is currently a staff writer on HBO's Hello Ladies and NBC's Parks and Recreation.

About the Moderator


Joanna Cherensky, two-time Co-Chair of the USC Women of Cinematic Arts Industry Forum, is a former Alumni Co-Chair (2008-2010) and a current Alumni Advisory Board member. Since graduating from USC Cinema’s MFA Writing program, Joanna has studied Improv at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, performed Stand-up at Flappers and The Comedy Store and was a finalist for the Fox Diversity Writers Initiative, for her original comedic television pilot, Raised by White People. Inspired by the inaugural Comedy@SCA Festival, Joanna has written and directed several comedic shorts, including Douchebag Whisperer (a spoof of “The Dog Whisperer”) lovingly posted online at:

About Comedy@SCA

Comedy@SCA is the School of Cinematic Arts' initiative to become the destination institution for students who are serious about Comedy. Launched in 2011 with the Comedy@SCA Festival, we have created an interdisciplinary pathway through the Cinematic Arts curriculum, and offer twenty courses allowing students to focus their film studies toward the Comedy genre.

It is our goal to foster a greater appreciation for the difficult art of comedy; to recognize, preserve and pass on the legacies of great comic figures in Film, Television and future media. In addition to our distinguished faculty of comedy professionals, we work to promote interaction between students and the leading comedy talent of our day. Artist such as James L. Brooks, Jay Roach, Larry Moss and the minds behind Funny or Die have conducted recent on-campus workshops. We will continue to identify and promote opportunities for the growth of comedic education at SCA and to engage students with industry professionals.

Join us as we continue this mission with Comedy@SCA Festival, Volume 2, featuring screenings and discussions with leading figures in contemporary comedy.

View the full schedule for the festival at

About Women of Cinematic Arts

The Women of Cinematic Arts (WCA) was founded by USC students in 2005 as a networking group for USC students and alumni to increase cooperation among female classmates and address the specific challenges women face in the male dominated film industry. With a membership base of more than 800 women, the WCA's outreach includes such events as monthly networking meetups for students and alumni in Los Angeles, active WCA alumni divisions in New York and London and a listserv addressing networking, job/career placement, cast/crew recommendations and literary tracking.

To join the WCA or for more information, please check their website:

Check-In & Reservations

This panel discussion is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC 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 1:30 P.M.

All SCA events 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 $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. 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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