Comedy@SCA Presents: Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard - An Evening with Steve Carell and Peter Segal

November 18, 2011, 7:00 P.M.

Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall

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

Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard:

An Evening with Steve Carell and Peter Segal

Director and SCA Alumnus Peter Segal discusses comedy with his Get Smart leading man, Steve Carell. Presented by the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation Masters of Comedy Lecture Series.

7:00 P.M. on Friday, November 18th, 2011

Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall

About Steve Carell

Steve Carell has emerged as one of the most sought-after comedic actors in Hollywood. First gaining recognition for his contributions as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Emmy Award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Carell has successfully segued into primetime television and above-the-title status in the film world with equal aplomb.

Carell opened his first lead feature, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, which he co-wrote with director Judd Apatow, at #1, a spot it remained in for two straight weekends. The surprise hit of 2005 went on to gross more than $175 million worldwide and had #1 openings in 12 countries. The success of the film has continued, as it has also generated over $100 million in DVD sales in North America alone. On an award level, the film was honored with an AFI Award named one of 10 Most Outstanding Motion Pictures of the Year and took home Best Comedy Movie at the 11th annual Critics’ Choice Awards. The film also earned Carell and Apatow a co-nomination for Best Original Screenplay by the Writers Guild Association.

Carell was most recently seen in Crazy, Stupid, Love opposite Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, and Emma Stone. The critically acclaimed film has gone on to earn $130 million worldwide.

Carell also starred as “Maxwell Smart” in Get Smart, opposite Anne Hathaway and Alan Arkin. The film grossed over $230 million worldwide since its opening in June. He also lent his voice as The Mayor of Whoville in 20th Century Fox’s animated film Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! based on the children’s book written by Dr. Seuss. Directed by Jimmy Hayward (Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc.), Carell played opposite of Jim Carrey, and helped launch the film as an international success earning over $295 million worldwide. In 2006, as part of an ensemble, he starred in Little Miss Sunshine, which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture and won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.  

Previous film credits include Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Bruce Almighty, Bewitched and Dan in Real Life. Carell just completed his Emmy-nominated turn in the Americanized adaptation of Ricky Gervais’ acclaimed British television series The Office. In 2006, Carell earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Musical or Comedy, followed by two more nominations, for his portrayal of “Michael Scott”, the pompous and deluded boss of a Pennsylvania paper company. In past years, the show has won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Carell recently announced the start of his new production company, Carousel Productions. Carell’s endeavors and successes in acting, writing and producing were an organic segue in the creation of Carousel Productions.

Carell just wrapped Seeking a Friend for the End of the World which also stars Keira Knightly and is due out in theatres in 2012. He is currently filming comedic drama Great Hope Springs opposite Meryl Streep.

Born in Massachusetts, Carell now resides in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Nancy Walls (NBC’s Saturday Night Live), whom he met while at the Second City Theater Group in Chicago, where both were members. He is the proud father of a daughter and a son.


About Peter Segal

Peter Segal (Director/Executive Producer) is an award winning film and television director whose movies have grossed over 1.1 billion dollars worldwide to date. Segal most recently teamed with Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway in the big screen adaptation of Mel Brooks and Buck Henry's legendary Get Smart.

As a frequent collaborator with Adam Sandler, Segal has directed such films as 50 First Dates, with Drew Barrymore, Anger Management, which co-starred Oscar winner Jack Nicholson, and The Longest Yard, which has become the second highest grossing sports comedy in history.

Segal made his feature film directorial debut in 1994 with Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, starring Leslie Nielsen, and went on to direct the late Chris Farley in his most memorable film, Tommy Boy, the following year. His other credits include the critically acclaimed My Fellow Americans, starring screen legends Jack Lemmon, James Garner and Lauren Bacall, and the 2000 blockbuster comedy, Nutty Professor: The Klumps, starring Eddie Murphy.

A USC graduate, Segal began his career writing and directing television, earning eight Emmy Awards.  In 2002, he created the NBC comedy series Hidden Hills. In 1995, he formed his production company, Callahan Filmworks, along with long-time producing partner Michael Ewing, where their current development slate includes DC Comics' Captain Marvel, Warner Brothers' live-action version of The Jetsons, as well as the acclaimed Japanese manga Bleach, among others.


About the Oakie Charitable Foundation

Jack Oakie, one of the most likeable players of the 1930s and '40s, made a total of 87 films, from big-budgeted comedies and musicals to B Westerns and football flicks.

Born Lewis Delaney Offield in Sedalia, Missouri, on November 12, 1903, Oakie hit Hollywood in mid-1927, before the talkie craze. He signed with Paramount in 1928, debuting with The Dummy that same year and made an amazing 10 films in 1929 alone.

Oakie's role as Napolini, Il Duce of Bacteria, in Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator was a brilliant and very thinly disguised slam at the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, and earned Oakie an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.

Victoria Horne Oakie, best known for her role in the James Stewart classic Harvey, made memorable appearances in such films as Forever Amber, The Ghost of Mrs. Muir, The Good Humor Man and The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, playing in no less than 46 films until she retired from the screen in 1952.

Each year the Oakie Charitable Foundation supports numerous initiatives at colleges, universities and other institutions around the nation to support talented students in the performing arts.

Since 1981, the School of Cinematic Arts has been proud to partner with Victoria Oakie and, subsequently, the foundation to enable our students to succeed in their creative endeavors. To date, 45 Oakie scholarships have been awarded to SCA students across all six of the school's divisions.

2008 marked the inauguration of The Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Masters of Comedy Lecture Series, which aims to bring leading filmmakers and artists to the school to speak on a topic of their choosing, and to keep the Oakie legacy of celebrating the very best in cinematic performing arts alive and well.

About the Comedy@SCA Festival, November 18th - 20th, 2011

Comedy@SCA is the School of Cinematic Arts' initiative to become the destination institution for students who are serious about Comedy. We intend to fill a gap in University Education with instruction in the writing, directing, editing, shooting and producing of Comedy. Our unique curriculum will allow students to focus their film studies toward the Comedy genre. In addition to our distinguished faculty of comedy professionals, we work to create interaction between students and the leading comedy talent of our day. It is our goal to foster a greater appreciation of the difficult art of comedy, and to recognize, preserve and pass on the legacies of great figures in Film, Television and future media of Comedy. Courses will be open to USC students campuswide beginning Spring 2012.

Join us as we kick off the initiative with a comedy festival from November 18th - 20th, 2011, featuring screenings and discussions with leading figures in contemporary comedy.

View the full schedule for the festival at

Check-In & Reservations

This event is free of charge and open exclusively to USC students, faculty and staff. Please bring a photo 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 6:30 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 $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. 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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