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Spotlight on TBS's SEARCH PARTY

October 30, 2016, 7:00 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

USC Comedy at the School of Cinematic Arts, USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, and TBS, invite you and a guest to attend

Spotlight on TBS's Search Party

Created by Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers and Michael Showalter; Executive produced by Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers, Michael Showalter, Lilly Burns and Tony Hernandez; Starring Alia Shawkat, Meredith Hagner, John Early, John Reynolds and Brandon Micheal Hall.


Featuring Screenings of Episode #1: “The Mysterious Disappearance Of The Girl No One Knew”
and Episode #2: “The Woman Who Knew Too Much”

Followed by a Q&A with Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers, Alia Shawkat, Michael Showalter, and Meredith Hagner

7:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 30th, 2016

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


The entire first season of Search Party will air on TBS Thanksgiving week (11/21-11/25), with two new episodes on each night at 11:00 and 11:30pm ET/PT. Online on, the entire season will also be available to watch starting 11/21.

Presented during the USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 3: The Changing Face of Comedy, taking place at USC from October 28th - 30th, 2016.

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About TBS's Search Party

Premieres Monday, November 21st, 2016 on TBS.

Search Party is a dark comedy about a group of four self-absorbed 20-somethings who come together when a former college acquaintance mysteriously disappears. Led by Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), the cast of Search Party features an ensemble of young comic actors, including Meredith Hagner (Royal Pains, Veep), John Early (Neighbors 2, The Characters), John Reynolds (Stranger Things), and Brandon Micheal Hall.

The pilot was written and directed by Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, whose credits include the 2014 SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury Award-winning feature film Fort Tilden and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, and overseen by Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name Is Doris, Wet Hot American Summer). Lilly Burns (Broad City, Difficult People, Younger) and Tony Hernandez (Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer, Louie) serve as executive producers, alongside Showalter, Rogers and Bliss.

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About the Guests


SARAH-VIOLET BLISS and CHARLES ROGERS (Series Creators/Writers/Directors)

Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers created, wrote and co-directed Search Party for TBS. Previously, the pair co-wrote and co-directed the feature film Fort Tilden, which won the Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Feature at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. Sarah-Violet and Charles also wrote for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp on Netflix and season two of Mozart In The Jungle on Amazon, which won a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series. Bliss and Rogers attended NYU Tisch School’s Graduate Film Program together. Bliss attended Oberlin College and is originally from Brooklyn, NY; Rogers attended St. Edward’s University and is originally from the Texas-Mexico border.

Follow Sarah Violet-Bliss on Twitter: @SVBliss
Follow Charles Rogers on Twitter: @gcharlesrogers

ALIA SHAWKAT (Actor, "Dory")

Success arrived early for Alia Shawkat, and she continues to establish herself as a highly sought after young actress in both film and television. This year, she has had leading roles in two films: Netflix's original film Pee-Wee's Big Holiday produced by Paul Reubens and Judd Apatow, and the indie thriller Green Room, alongside Imogen Poots and Sir Patrick Stewart. And now she's starring in TBS's dark comedy series Search Party, an Official TV Selection at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival.

Shawkat's upcoming films include Mike Mills's indie family drama 20th Century Women, opposite Annette Benning, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning; Clea DuVall's directorial debut, The Intervention, with Cobie Smulders, Jason Ritter and Natasha Lyonne, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Paramount Pictures later this year; and Amber Tamblyn's directorial debut, Paint It Black, based on the book of the same name by White Oleander author Janet Fitch.

In the past few years, Shawkat has been seen in a slew of highly anticipated film projects including: Sebastian Silva's Nasty Baby, which she also co-produced; the comedic indie horror The Final Girls; Max Landis' Me Him Her; The Driftless Area, opposite Anton Yelchin and Zooey Deschanel; Lawrence Michael Levine's Wild Carnies; Night Moves, opposite Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning; and The To Do List, written and directed by Maggie Carey.

Shawkat is well known for her role of Maeby Funke on the Emmy®-winning cult comedy series Arrested Development. She was recently seen on the small screen recurring in HBO's Getting On and guest starring on Comedy Central's Broad City.

Born in Palm Springs, Shawkat lives in Los Angeles. Off-screen, she is a talented jazz singer and pianist, as well as an accomplished painter and illustrator. Shawkat's art can be viewed at her website

MICHAEL SHOWALTER (Series Co-Creator/Executive Producer/Writer/Director)

Michael Showalter is an actor, writer, director and producer. He is a founding member of the New York based comedy groups The State and Stella. In 2001, he co-wrote and starred in cult comedy Wet Hot American Summer with Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Poehler, among many others. In 2005, Showalter made his feature length directorial debut with The Baxter, starring Michelle Williams, Justin Theroux and Elizabeth Banks. In 2009, he co-created the Comedy Central series Michael and Michael Have Issues with Michael Ian Black. He also co-wrote and produced the Lionsgate film They Came Together starring Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler in 2014. In 2015, Showalter co-created and starred in the Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, which reunited the entire cast of the original film for an eight-episode prequel.

In 2016, Showalter directed and co-wrote Hello, My Name is Doris starring Sally Field, released by Roadside Attractions. Showalter will direct The Big Sick, produced by Judd Apatow and written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. He is attached as Executive Producer on the upcoming TBS series Search Party starring Alia Shawkat. Showalter co-created the series with Fort Tilden writer/directors Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers.

He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Kalin, their two children, and four cats.

Follow Michael Showalter on Twitter: @mshowalter

MEREDITH HAGNER (Actor, "Portia")

Meredith Hagner shot the female lead role in the indie film Folk Hero & Funny Guy with Alex Karpofsky and Wyatt Russell, which made its debut at Tribeca Film Festival 2016. Meredith made her Sundance debut in David Cross's Hits (she was named one of Indiewire’s “Ten To Watch” and the New York Times review reported “a note perfect performance.") She has also appeared in Simon Helberg’s We’ll Never Have Paris and Whit Stillman's Damsels In Distress, Woody Allen’s Irrational Man and the SXSW sensation Creative Control.

On television, Hagner is one of the series leads on TBS’s new series Search Party. She also recently recurred on Veep for HBO. She was a series regular on Men at Work for TBS, FX's Lights Out and had a recurring role on Royal Pains. Among numerous guest star roles, Meredith’s favorites have been on Louie (as Jeremy Renner's mellow girlfriend) and on The Following (as a particularly deranged killer).

Among Hagner's first acting jobs was the role of angry and confused teenager 'Liberty' on As the World Turns (for which she was nominated for an Emmy).

Originally from North Carolina, Hagner now lives in Los Angeles and loves writing and playing folk music.

Follow Meredith Hagner on Twitter: @meredithagner

ALESSANDRO AGO (SCA Director of Programming and Special Projects/Moderator)

Alessandro Ago is the Director of Programming and Special Projects at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he programs film screenings, festivals, guest speakers and special events. In addition to programming popular courses taught by film critic Leonard Maltin and Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic Mary McNamara, Ago curates Outside the Box [Office], a screening series dedicated to bringing new international, documentary and independent cinema to USC, often followed by conversations with the filmmakers, which Ago moderates. He is also one of the curators of the American Film Showcase, an international documentary film diplomacy program funded by the U.S. Department of State, that has taken Ago to Cyprus, China, Egypt, Tajikistan, Mexico, South Korea, Bolivia, Peru, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Botswana, Georgia, Romania, Panama, Turkmenistan, Vietnam, India, and many future destinations.

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About the Episodes

Episode #1: “The Mysterious Disappearance Of The Girl No One Knew”

When Dory discovers that her friend, Chantal has gone missing, she becomes obsessed with finding out what happened, even though her boyfriend, Drew and friends, Elliott and Portia, could care less.

Rated TV-MA. Running time: 30 minutes.

Episode #2: “The Woman Who Knew Too Much”

Dory begins to doubt whether she saw Chantal the night before, but an offbeat realtor claims that she has the proof that Dory is looking for.

Rated TV-MA. Running time: 30 minutes.


About the USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 3: The Changing Face of Comedy

In the Fall of 2016, Comedy is more important than ever! On the eve of an historic election, we Americans find ourselves navigating shifting boundaries of racial, religious, economic, and sexual divisions and comedy creators are advancing the discourse around these issues. Change is in the air, and to that end we are calling the third edition of our highly successful USC Comedy Festival “The Changing Face of Comedy.” Over the course of three days, screenings of key works and panels featuring guests such as Paul Feig, Norman Lear, Issa Rae, Maria Bamford, and Jay Roach will address the way comedy illuminates cultural change, inclusivity and diversity, yet still keeps us laughing!

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About USC Comedy at the School of Cinematic Arts

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.

USC Comedy boasts an award-winning faculty that includes Jack Epps Jr. (The Secret of My Success, Legal Eagles, Top Gun), Barnet Kellman (Murphy Brown, Mad About You, George Lopez), David Isaacs (Cheers, Frasier, M*A*S*H*), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), John Bowman (Saturday Night Live, In Living Color), Dave Goetch (The Big Bang Theory), Russ Woody (Drew Carrey), Mary Lou Belli (Girlfriends), and Tim Marx (Baby Daddy), to name just a few.

Our students benefit from the expertise and participation of SCA Comedy Alumni such as Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents), Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy), Peter Segal (Tommy Boy, Get Smart), Tim Story (Barber Shop, Ride Along), Gabe Sachs (Freaks and Geeks), Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air), and Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off The Boat), among many other luminaries and industry professionals.

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About USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and 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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Check-In & Reservations

This event is free of charge and open to the public. 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 open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA events 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 #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago