SCA Network Screening: THE BIG SICK

June 7, 2017, 7:30 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

The SCA Network, USC Comedy, Amazon Studios, and Lionsgate, invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

The Big Sick

Directed by Michael Showalter
Written by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani
Produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel

Followed by a Q&A with Kumail Nanjiani,  Emily V. Gordon,
Barry Mendel, and Ray Romano
Moderated by SCA Professor David Isaacs

7:30 P.M. on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


In Select Theaters on Friday, June 23rd, 2017.

About The Big Sick

Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.

Provided courtesy of Amazon Studios and Lionsgate. Rated R. Running time: 119 minutes.

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About the Guests

KUMAIL NANJIANI (Writer, Executive Producer, Actor)

Kumail Nanjiani is a critically acclaimed actor, writer and comedian, perhaps best known for his co-starring role as 'Dinesh' on the award-winning HBO comedy series Silicon Valley, which won the TV Critics Choice Award for 'Best Comedy Series' last year and has two Emmy and Golden Globe wins, as well as several Emmy and Golden Globes nominations.

Nanjiani adds feature film writing to his impressive list of credits with The Big Sick, which he co-wrote with his wife Emily V. Gordon.  The film tells the story of their real-life relationship. Produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel and directed by Michael Showalter, Nanjiani also stars in the lead role opposite Holly Hunter, Zoe Kazan and Ray Romano. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Nanjiani also appeared in the Warner Bros. comedy, Fist Fight, and will be heard voicing one of the ninja warriors in The Lego Ninjago Movie, scheduled for release on September 22, also from Warner Bros. Nanjiani's many memorable comedic roles include the films, The Five-Year Engagement, produced by Judd Apatow, Sex Tape and Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and more recently on the big screen in Hello, My Name Is Doris, Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates and Central Intelligence."

On television, Nanjiani is writer, executive producer and co-host of Comedy Central's The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, along with Jonah Ray. He has had roles on IFC's Portlandia, TNT's Franklin & Bash, the reality show parody, Burning Love and Comedy Central's Michael & Michael Have Issues. where he also served as a staff writer. He recently appeared in a guest role on the return of The X-Files on FOX and has appeared on Community, Inside Amy Schumer and Drunk History, among others.

His 2013 comedy special Kumail Nanjiani: Beta Male was on several "Best of" lists for VULTURE, VILLAGE VOICE and THE AV CLUB, and was chosen as one of the 5 best stand-up albums of the year by ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. Nanjiani also hosts two podcasts, THE INDOOR KIDS and THE X-FILES FILES. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

EMILY V. GORDON (Writer, Executive Producer)

Emily Gordon is a former therapist turned writer and producer. She produced the incredibly popular live show The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, as well as three seasons of the show for Comedy Central. She is also a prolific writer, with pieces that have been published for The New York Times, Rookie, Refinery29, Bust Magazine, The Atlantic, Hello Giggles, xoJane, GQ, and many more. Her book, Super You: Release Your Inner Superhero was published in 2015. Her television writing credits include The Carmichael Show on NBC and Another Period on Comedy Central. The Big Sick is the first feature she wrote with her husband actor/comedian/writer Kumail Nanjiani.


Barry Mendel is a two-time Oscar®-nominated producer. The first film he produced was Rushmore, directed by Wes Anderson.  This was followed by The Sixth Sense, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, which was nominated for six Academy Awards® including Best Picture. Subsequently, he produced its follow-up, Unbreakable, then went back to work with Wes Anderson on the The Royal Tenenbaums, which was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay. This collaboration continued on The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, which he followed by producing Joss Whedon’s directorial debut, Serenity.

Mendel next conceived, developed and produced Munich, directed by Steven Spielberg, which was nominated for five Academy Awards® including Best Picture. He then went back to work with Shyamalan, producing the box-office hit The Happening then produced Whip It, Drew Barrymore’s debut as a feature director, which starred Ellen Page and Kristen Wiig and another film with Ellen Page, Peacock also starring Cillian Murphy and Susan Sarandon.

In recent years, Mendel and Apatow have become frequent collaborators, working together to produce Funny People, This Is 40, Bridesmaids, and Trainwreck. In 2014, Mendel also produced Sundance Special Jury Prize-winning musical God Help The Girl, a collaboration with Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian who wrote and directed the film.


From 1996 to 2006, Ray Romano starred in Everybody Loves Raymond, one of the most respected sitcoms in television history, and won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in 2002. As one of the show’s executive producers, he also received Emmys in 2003 and 2005 for “Outstanding Comedy Series,” and shared a 2003 Screen Actors Guild Award with the show’s cast.

Ray began his career in 1984 as a stand-up comedian in New York, which led to appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and later, Jay Leno. After appearing on Late Night with David Letterman, Ray was offered a development deal with Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants, which led to the creation of Everybody Loves Raymond for CBS.

Ray made his film debut in 2003 as the voice of Manny the wooly mammoth in 20th Century Fox’s animated hit, Ice Age, and reprised the role in four sequels, including Ice Age: Collision Course in 2016.  He also appeared in Welcome To Mooseport, with Gene Hackman and Rob the Mob with Andy Garcia, and was the subject of the 2006 documentary 95 Miles To Go.

In 1998, he wrote the New York Times best-seller, Everything And A Kite, and with his brothers penned the children’s book Raymie, Dickie, and The Bean: Why I Love and Hate My Brothers. Ray’s comedy album, Live at Carnegie Hall, was nominated for a Grammy in 2002. In 2009, Ray teamed with Mike Royce to create and star in Men of a Certain Age, which co-starred Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher. The TNT comedy-drama ran for two seasons and won the Peabody Award in 2011. Ray also appeared in three seasons as photographer Hank Rizzoli of NBC’s Parenthood. In 2016, Ray starred with Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde in the HBO drama series Vinyl, created by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger.

He recently starred in The Big Sick, produced by Judd Apatow and written by and starring Kumail Nanjiani. Ray will next star with Chris O’Dowd in Get Shorty, a 10-episode original series for EPIX. Ray resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Anna, and their four children.

About the SCA Network

The SCA Network is a philanthropic organization open exclusively to alumni and students of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Designed as a fun way to stay in touch and connect with fellow SCA Trojans, members have access to special preview screenings and events throughout the year. Funds raised through support of the SCA Network provide for current needs of the School including equipment, student support, and facilities.

Information on the SCA Network as well as a list of levels and benefits can be found online at

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Check-In & Reservations


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 7:00 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 $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #4, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street, across from the Shrine Auditorium. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street.

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