November 9, 2013 - November 10, 2013, Varied

The Ray Stark Family Theatre and Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall

Comedy@SCA and Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative invite you to attend a special comedy celebration this November


Saturday, November 9th & Sunday, November 10th, 2013

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, 900 W. 34th Street
Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway

About Comedy@SCA

Celebrate comedy in film, television and animation with the premiere of a new film; a visit with the creators of groundbreaking television series; and panels on the evolving comic landscape. Legendary director/producer James Burrows will be on hand to receive the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Lifetime Achievement Award.

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.

Schedule of Events

To RSVP for individual events, click on the event title.


11:00 AM: Homer, Shrek and Cleveland Walk Into a Bar - Animated Comedy
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, 900 W. 34th Street
To RSVP for this Panel Discussion, CLICK HERE
Since cinema’s earliest days, animators have taken audiences to funny places beyond the reach of live action. James L. Brooks and an all-star panel of writers, animators and directors discuss the liberating effect of animation on their comedy.

2:00 PM: Beyond Bridesmaids - Women Taking Charge of Comedy
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, 900 W. 34th Street

To RSVP for this Panel Discussion, CLICK HERE
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.

4:00 PM: The Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Masters of Comedy Lecture Series - James Burrows in Conversation with Lisa Kudrow
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, 900 W. 34th Street
Followed by a Catered Reception in the George Lucas Building Lobby
To RSVP for this Conversation and Award Ceremony, CLICK HERE
If there were a comedy Mount Rushmore, James Burrows (Cheers, Frasier, Taxi, and Friends) would be front and center. Join Comedy@SCA and the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation in celebrating the work of comedy legend James Burrows in conversation with Lisa Kudrow (Friends, Web Therapy.)

7:30 PM: The Legacy of Witt/Thomas/Harris
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, 900 W. 34th Street

To RSVP for this Panel Discussion, CLICK HERE
With ground-breaking series, Soap, Benson and The Golden Girls, Witt/Thomas/Harris changed the face of television comedy and American culture. In a rare appearance with all three principals, Comedy@SCA welcomes special guests Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas, and  Susan Harris along with Mitchell Hurwitz, Jay Sandrich and Betty White for a discussion with moderator Ken Levine.


2:00 PM: Smart Asses - The Harvard Lampoon in Hollywood
Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway

To RSVP for this Panel Discussion, CLICK HERE
Few institutions in the comic universe have had the cultural impact of “The Harvard Lampoon.” Comedy@SCA presents Lampoon Alumni Conan O’Brian, Greg Daniels, Al Jean and Jim Downey in a panel discussion of life at the lampoon, the transition to Hollywood and the unique “Harvard” sense of humor which has shaped modern comedy. With special guest moderator, Lawrence O’Donnell.

5:00 PM: Special Sneak Preview of Warner Bros. Pictures' Grudge Match
Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway

This screening is open EXCLUSIVELY to USC Students, Faculty, and Staff, plus SCA Alumni (each RSVP is allowed a +1 at the time of registration)
To RSVP for this Sneak Preview Screening, CLICK HERE

Comedy@SCA Festival, Vol. 2 wraps up with a special sneak preview of SCA Alumnus Peter Segal's new comedy, starring Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone as aging boxers who decide to face-off one more time to settle a decades-old grudge match from their championship boxing days. Q&A with Peter Segal to follow, moderated by SCA Alumnus Larry Morgan.

Check-In & Reservations

All screenings and events are free of charge and open to the public, except for the November 10th screening of GRUDGE MATCH, which is open EXCLUSIVELY to USC Students, Faculty, Staff, and SCA Alumni (plus guests). Please bring a valid USC or State ID or print out of your reservation confirmations, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making RSVPs through this website.

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 $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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