USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 3: The Changing Face of Comedy

October 28, 2016 - October 30, 2016, Varied

Varied

USC Comedy at the School of Cinematic Arts
and USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative
Invite you and a guest to attend
 

USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 3:

The Changing Face of Comedy

Friday, October 28th - Sunday, October 30th, 2016

VENUES:

The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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

Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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About USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 3: The Changing Face of Comedy


In the Fall of 2016, Comedy is more important than ever! On the eve of an historic election, we Americans find ourselves navigating shifting boundaries of racial, religious, economic, and sexual divisions and comedy creators are advancing the discourse around these issues. Change is in the air, and to that end we are calling the third edition of our highly successful USC Comedy Festival “The Changing Face of Comedy.” Over the course of three days, screenings of key works and panels featuring guests such as Paul Feig, Norman Lear, Issa Rae, Maria Bamford, and Jay Roach will address the way comedy illuminates cultural change, inclusivity and diversity, yet still keeps us laughing!

Calendar of Events


CLICK ON EVENT TITLES TO RSVP FOR SPECIFIC PROGRAMS.

Friday, October 28th, 2016


4:00 PM: JACK OAKIE COMEDY STUDENT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112

Comedian Pauly Shore emcees a screening of original short films created by SCA students. Be part of the jury and help award the People's Choice "It's All In Fun" Award. Esteemed members of the USC Comedy Faculty will also judge 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards & scholarships. All films are no longer than four minutes in lengths.

8:00 PM: THE JACK OAKIE AND VICTORIA HORNE OAKIE MASTERS OF COMEDY LECTURE SERIES: PAUL FEIG IN CONVERSATION WITH BARNET KELLMAN
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex

Join SCA Alumnus Paul Feig for a celebration of his work in comedy, from creating the groundbreaking NBC series Freaks and Geeks, to directing blockbuster comedies such as Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy, and Ghostbusters.

Saturday, October 29th, 2016


11:00 AM: WOMEN IN COMEDY - STARS OF THEIR OWN STORY
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108

Long-past the question of "Are Women Funny?" today's comedy creators are being true to their unique voices by writing their own material, starring in their own TV and web shows and ending the girlfriend phenomenon for good! An empowering panel for the Carol Burnett's, Tig Notaro's and Amy Schumer's of tomorrow. Panelists: Maria Bamford, Nicole Byer, Cameron Esposito, Suzanne Todd. Moderator: Joanna Cherensky, MFA Writing Alum, and co-hosted by USC Women of Cinematic Arts Network

1:30 PM: GET ON BOARD – NEW PLATFORMS IN COMEDY
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108

Online streaming, social media, and viral videos are changing the landscape of how we experience comedy. Leaders and disruptors discuss strategies for distributing comedy to a global audience. Panelists: Sara Benincasa, Ned Fulmer, Lindsay Kerns, Joe Lewis, Meena Ramamurthy, Scott Zabielski. Moderator: Dave Goetsch.

4:00 PM: THE CHANGING FACE OF POLITICS – IT’S ALL COMEDY
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex

TV comedy delivers serious political discussion while presidential debates turn laughable. What's going on? Has the world turned gone crazy or was it ever thus? Panelists: Diane English, Zach Galifianakis, Norman Lear, Frank Rich. Moderator: Jay Roach.

7:00 PM: SPOTLIGHT ON HBO’S INSECURE
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex

Join the cast & crew of HBO’s newest comedy series, about the awkward experiences and racy tribulations of a modern-day African-American woman. Panelists: Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji, Prentice Penny, Issa Rae. Moderator: Desa Philadelphia.

Sunday, October 30th, 2016


2:00 PM: THE UNITED COLORS OF COMEDY
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108

When it comes to Diversity, Tolerance and Inclusion, nothing leads like Humor. Award winning Writers, Producers and Performers discuss the rapidly changing face of comedy. Panelists: Adam de la Peña, Ali Liebegott, Max Mutchnick, Tracy Oliver, Ravi Patel. Moderator: John Horn.

4:30 PM: JUDD APATOW LIVE! HOW TO EARN THOUSANDS MAKING COMEDY
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex

Judd Apatow is one of the most important comic minds of his generation. He wrote and directed the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin (co-written with Steve Carell), Knocked Up, Funny People, and This is 40. He also directed last summer’s Trainwreck. His producing credits include Superbad, Bridesmaids, and Anchorman. Apatow is the executive producer of HBO’s Girls and the co-creator of Love on Netflix. He was also the executive producer of Freaks and Geeks. Most recently, he produced the films Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and is currently producing the HBO series Crashing starring Pete Holmes. After a 20 year hiatus, Apatow recently returned to the stand up stage, performing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and at Carnegie Hall.

7:00 PM: SPOTLIGHT ON TBS'S SEARCH PARTY
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108

Search Party is a dark comedy about five self-absorbed 20-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance suddenly disappears. Join cast & crew for an exclusive look at the show and Q&A. Panelists: Sarah-Violet Bliss, Meredith Hagner, Charles Rogers, Michael Showalter. Moderator: Alessandro Ago.

About USC Comedy at the School of Cinematic Arts


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), and 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.

For more information, visit: http://cinema.usc.edu/comedy

About USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and 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.

Visit the Official Visions and Voices Website: www.usc.edu/visionsandvoices
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#visionsandvoices

Check-In & Reservations


This festival is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC 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. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.

All SCA events are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP lists 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.

Parking


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu