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Comedy@SCA Festival

November 18, 2011 - November 20, 2011, Times Vary

Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall and The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108

Comedy@SCA and Visions and Voices: The USC Arts & Humanities Initiative invite you to a special three-day festival celebrating comedy.

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 featuring screenings and discussions with leading figures in contemporary comedy.

Friday, November 18th - Sunday, November 20th in Norris Cinema Theatre and The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108

Schedule of Events:

Click on individual event titles for the event-specific websites and to Make Reservations.


Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard: An Evening with Steve Carell and Peter Segal
7:00 PM: Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall

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.


Emerging Women of Comedy
1:30 P.M.: Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108

A panel discussion featuring SCA Alumna Nahnatchka Khan (creator, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23), Liz Meriwether (creator, New Girl), Kate Micucci & Riki Lindhome (performers/creators, “Garfunkel and Oates”), moderated by SCA Alumna Joanna Cherensky. Presented by Women of Cinematic Arts.

An Afternoon with Paul Feig and Gabe Sachs
4:00 P.M.: Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall

SCA Alumnus Paul Feig will discuss his career, including directing the recent Universal comedy, Bridesmaids and creating the critically acclaimed TV show Freaks and Geeks, in conversation with SCA Alumnus Gabe Sachs (writer, Freaks and Geeks, Diary of a Wimpy Kid).

Catered Reception
5:30 P.M.: Queen's Courtyard, directly outside of Norris Cinema Theatre

Sneak Preview of Disney’s The Muppets (2011), Rated PG
7:00 P.M.: Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall

Followed by a Q&A with Director James Bobin (writer/director, Da Ali G Show, The Flight of the Conchords)

On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage a telethon and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways. Directed by James Bobin, Screeplay by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller.


New Outlets for Comedy
1:30 P.M.: Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108

A panel discussion about web comedy featuring Mike Farah (Funny or Die), Brian Hunt (Yahoo!), Oren Katzeff (Cracked), Michael Rousselet (5 Second Films), Aaron Simpson (Mondo Media) and Steve Woolf (, moderated by SCA Professor Dave Goetsch.

Sitcom Summit
4:00 P.M.: Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall

A panel discussion featuring Emmy-winners James Burrows (director, Cheers, Will & Grace), Phil Rosenthal (creator, Everybody Loves Raymond), Larry Wilmore (writer/producer, The Bernie Mac Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) and Paul Junger Witt (executive producer, Soap, The Golden Girls), moderated by Bill Prady (co-creator, The Big Bang Theory).

Catered Reception
5:30 P.M.: Queen's Courtyard, directly outside of Norris Cinema Theatre

An Evening with Ivan Reitman
7:00 P.M.: Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall

A special conversation with legendary comedy director/producer Ivan Reitman about his career in comedy. Reitman has been the creative force behind films beloved by audiences around the world – from raucous comedies like Animal House, Stripes and Ghostbusters, to more sophisticated delights like Dave, 6 Days/7 Nights and Twins. Followed by a screening of his 1984 iconic comedy classic, Ghostbusters, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Sigourney Weaver.


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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