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Comedy@SCA Presents: Emerging Women of Comedy

November 19, 2011, 1:30 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

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

Emerging Women of Comedy

A panel discussion featuring SCA Alumna Nahnatchka Khan (creator, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23), Chelsea Peretti (writer, Parks and Recreation), 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.

1:30 P.M. on Saturday, November 19th, 2011

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

About the Guests

CHELSEA PERETTI is currently a writer on the Emmy-nominated NBC show Parks and Recreation. Previously, she wrote for The Sarah Silverman Program as well as various other shows, including the MTV Movie Awards and Nick Kroll’s forthcoming sketch show for Comedy Central. One of Variety’s top 10 comics to watch in 2010, Chelsea’s half hour Comedy Central Presents aired in 2011. She has recently been seen opposite Louis CK on his hit show Louie, on The Sarah Silverman Program, on Last Call with Carson Daly, and as a correspondent for Lopez Tonight. She is a regular on Tru TV’s The Smoking Gun Presents. Her voice can be heard in Grand Theft Auto IV and in Adult Swim’s China, IL.

Chelsea has performed stand-up at festivals including the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, Just for Laughs Chicago, the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival, The Las Vegas Comedy Festival, SXSW, Bonnaroo, and Bumbershoot. She tours clubs and theatres across the country, and was one of four comedians in the 10-city Axe Twisted Humor Tour in conjunction with Funny or Die. She performs a monthly show at UCB entitled “How to Live with Chelsea Peretti” and is found regularly at venues around Los Angeles including the Improv, Largo, and The Comedy Store.

Original comedic web projects include the highly-trafficked website, the New York City Rejection Line, and her “Making Friends” and “All My Exes” web series.

NAHNATCHKA KHAN attended the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. She got her start in children’s television, then transitioned to primetime, where her credits include Malcolm in the Middle and Good Morning, Miami. She has been on American Dad since its inception, most recently serving as executive producer, and was signed to an overall deal at Twentieth Century Fox. Don’t Trust The B---- in Apartment 23, which will premier in early 2012, is the first series she's created. Khan lives in Los Angeles. She has a snake plant that requires watering only once every two weeks.


LIZ MERIWETHER has had a busy year, coming off of the success of her film, No Strings Attached. She set up an original pilot entitled New Girl at FBC with Peter Chernin which premiered this fall and has been picked up to series. Liz’s career popped when as a budding New York playwright, FBC picked up her ½ hour spec pilot Sluts. She was one of Variety’s 2009 top ten writers to watch and made the 2008 blacklist with her film Fuckbuddies.

RIKI LINDHOME was born in Coudersport, Pennsylvania but grew up primarily in Portville, New York (near Buffalo). Her first break came when Tim Robbins cast her in his hit play, Embedded, which played at the Public Theater in New York City, Riverside Studios in London and The Actors' Gang Theatre in Los Angeles. Shortly after, Clint Eastwood cast her in her first film role as Mardell Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby, and cast her again in his film Changeling opposite Angelina Jolie. She also wrote and directed the award-winning short, Life is Short. Since then, she has guest starred on Pushing Daisies, Criminal Minds, Big Bang Theory, Nip/Tuck, Bones, Drop Dead Diva, House M.D., and had a recurring role on Gilmore Girls.

She performs regularly in the LA-based comedy duo, Garfunkel & Oates, who were named one of the 2010 Top 10 Comics to Watch by Variety and top “Comediennes You Should Know” by Most recently, Riki finished shooting a role in Paramount’s Fun Size and is writing a Garfunkel & Oats pilot for HBO and is in post-production on her web series for them.

KATE MICUCCI is one half of the comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates (along with Riki Lindhome). The girls were identified as “Ten to Watch” in comedy by Daily Variety. Together they are developing a project for themselves to star in at HBO. Separately, Kate’s TV credits include Raising Hope, Bored to Death and Til Death (multiple episodes of all).

To view an Official Video for Garkunkel & Oates on YouTube, click here.


About the Moderator

JOANNA CHERENSKY, two-time Co-Chair of the USC Women of Cinematic Arts Industry Forum, is a former Alumni Co-Chair (2009-2010) and the current Outreach Coordinator. While at USC, Joanna won The Jay Roach Scholarship Award for best comedy with heart for her short script, MRS. SCHIMOWITZ IN LOVE. She also wrote for the first (and potentially last) comedic high school dating simulation game in the United States, BROOKTOWN HIGH: SENIOR YEAR, for Konami. Since graduation, Joanna worked as a research intern for the acclaimed TV program, MAD MEN and she continues to perform stand-up at venues including Flappers, The Comedy Store and Three of Clubs. Most recently, Joanna was a finalist for the Fox Diversity Writers Initiative, for her original comedic television pilot, RAISED BY WHITE PEOPLE.

About Women of Cinematic Arts

The Women of Cinematic Arts (WCA) was founded by USC students in 2005 as a networking group for USC students and alumni to increase cooperation among female classmates and address the specific challenges women face in the male dominated film industry. With a membership base of more than 700 women, the WCA's outreach includes such events as the Industry Forum and a listserv addressing networking, job/career placement, cast/crew recommendations and literary tracking.

To join the WCA or for more information, please check their website:

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 to the public. 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 1:00 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 $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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