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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.

Students at the USC Comedy Festival

USC Comedy Festival Vol. 1 Women in Comedy Panel (From Left) Barnet Kellman, Liz Meriwether, Chelsea Peretti, Kate Micucci, Riki Lindhome, David Isaacs, Nahnatchka Khan, Jack Epps, Jr. and Joanna Cherensky

The set of USC Comedy Live!

Bill Prady interviews James Burrows at the USC Comedy Festival Vol. 1

Jack Epps Jr interviews Ivan Reitman at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 1

Bill Prady, James Burrows, Paul Junger Witt, Phil Rosenthal, and Larry Wilmore at the USC Comedy Showrunners Summit

James Burrows recieves the Oakie Award at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 2, moderated by Lisa Kudrow

USC Comedy master class with Larry Moss and James L. Brooks

Alumni Paul Feig and Gabe Sachs in conversation about Freaks and Geeks at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 1

Lawrence O'Donnell, Conan O'Brian, Greg Daniels and Al Jean at USC Comedy Festitval Vol. 2 Tribute to the Harvard Lampoon

Peter Segal and Steve Carell at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 1 where Carell received the Jack and Victoria Horne Oakie Award

The cast of the second season of USC Comedy Live!

USC Comedy Co-Founders (From Left to Right) David Isaacs, Barnet Kellman, and Jack Epps Jr.

Robert Townsend and Keenen Ivory Wayans discuss their work at the USC Comedy 30th Anniversary Screening of Hollywood Shuffle

Audience at a taping of USC Comedy Live!

USC Comedy alumni return to discuss their lives 5 years out of school at the annual USC Comedy Young Alumni event

James L. Brooks and Larry Moss at USC Comedy Directors’ Workshop

Women in Comedy - Stars of Their Own Story at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 3 Nicole Byer, Suzanne Todd, Maria Bamford, Cameron Esposito

Paul Feig receives the Jack and Virginia Horne Oakie Award - interviewed by Barnet Kellman at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 3

Students at Physical Comedy Workshop

Dave Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Jerrod Carmichael visit USC Comedy

Beyond Bridesmaids: Women taking Charge of Comedy at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 2 Dana Fox, Tracy Oliver, Jen Statsky, Joanna Cherensky, Katie Dippold

Betty White at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 2

Tribute to Witt/Thomas/Harris Panel at USC Comedy Festival vol. 2 (moderator Ken Levine with Mitch Hurwitz, Jay Sandrich, Tony Thomas, Paul Junger Witt and Betty White)

Norman Lear talks with a student at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 3

USC Comedy Young Alumni Mixer

Director Jason Reitman visits Barnet Kellman’s Directing Comedy Class

Jason Reitman advises a comedy directing student

Jack Epps Jr. and David Sonne at the Jack and Virginia Horne Oakie USC Comedy Student Film Festival

Murphy Brown creator Diane English and Barnet Kellman at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 3

Alums Rob Turbovsky, Allison Raskin, Lanie Siegel, and Matteo Borghese at the USC Comedy Young Alumni Forum Vol. 3

Director Peter Segal talks with USC Comedy students

Lisa Kudrow received the 2018 Jack and Virginia Horne Oakie Award interviewed by Michael Patrick King

Barnet Kellman with Panelists at USC Comedy Young Alumni Forum Vol. 1

Jay Roach and Norman Lear at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 3

Paul Junger Witt, Dean Elizabeth Daley, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Robert Townsend

Barnet Kellman Interviews Peter Segal

USC Comedy Students in Class

Cameron Esposito on the Women in Comedy Panel at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 3

USC Comedy Live! Control Room

USC Comedy Live! Student Audience

USC Comedy Live!

Barnet Kellman's Directing Class

Jason Reitman Visits Barnet Kellman's Directing Class

Jason Reitman Visits Barnet Kellman's Directing Class

Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce with Students at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 4

Fraiser 25th Anniversary Celebration

Norman Lear and Frank Rich at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 3

Screening of HBO Comedy Series Crashing and Q&A with Creator and Star Pete Holmes

Young Alumni Mixer Vol. 3

Young Alumni Mixer Vol. 3

Tony Shalhoub with USC Students

Kenya Barris In Conversation With Tim Story

Jack Oakie Comedy Student Film Festival

Diane English, Norman Lear, Frank Rich at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 3

Jay Roach with USC Students at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 3

Issa Rae and Prentice Penny Discuss Insecure at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 3

The Changing Face of Comedy Panel at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 3

Judd Apatow And Pete Holmes In Conversation at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 3

Women Running the Show Panel at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 4

David Hyde Pierce and Kelsey Grammer at Frasier 25th Anniversary Celebration USC Comedy Festival Vol. 4

Kenya Barris In Conversation with Tim Story at USC Comedy Festival Vol. 4

Tim Story

News/Stories

Part of the classic sitcom Frasier’s cast and crew sat down for a lively reunion. They reminisced about the creation process, and hinted at what the future hold for the iconic Frasier characters.

SCA Comedy Fest
Frasier: 25th Anniversary Celebration

The creator of the critically acclaimed TV show black-ish was the guest of honor at the Jack Oakie & Victoria Horne Oakie Masters of Comedy Lecture Series, which was moderated by SCA alumnus and celebrated filmmaker, Tim Story.

SCA Comedy Fest
Kenya Barris

Yvette Lee Bowser (executive producer of Netflix’s Dear White People), Natasha Leggero (co-creator and executive producer of Comedy Central’s Another Period), and Gemma Baker (co-creator and executive producer of Mom on CBS) discuss their experience in the industry.

SCA Comedy Fest
Women Running the Show


Comedy Students Tell The Story

USC Comedy Live!

Featured Student Work

A Day in the Life

L.A.'s Hottest Bar Is...

Tapatio Mi Amore

Super Zero

Tampoon

Somewhere in the General Vicinity of Area 51 Just Outside of Lincoln County Nevada, Population 5,345

Marvel Auditions

Born to Surf

A Cheeky Problem