USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 4 Presents: DEAD PILOTS SOCIETY - LIVE CELEBRITY READING OF A NEVER-FILMED NETWORK COMEDY PILOT

November 4, 2018, 4:00 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 Dead Pilots Society, invite you and a guest to attend a special podcast recording

Dead Pilots Society:

Live Celebrity Reading of a
Never-Filmed Network Comedy Pilot


Featured Performers Include:


Andrew Reich
Ben Blacker
Sierra Teller Ornelas
Kevin Balmore Hernandez
Maria Blasucci
Kaliko Kauahi
Kevin Sussman
Stephnie Weir
Dustin Ybarra

      
4:00 - 5:30 P.M. on Sunday, November 4th, 2018

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

FREE ADMISSION. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVPs REQUIRED.
 

CLICK HERE TO RSVP


Presented during the USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 4, taking place from November 2nd - 4th, 2018.

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The USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 4 is dedicated to the memory of Paul Junger Witt, visionary film and television producer, and guiding force behind USC Comedy.
 

About Dead Pilots Society


In Dead Pilots Society, scripts that were developed by studios and networks but were never produced are given the table reads they never got a chance to have. Starring actors you know and love from television and film, a live audience, and a good time in which no one gets notes, no one is fired, and everyone laughs. Presented by Andrew Reich (Friends; Worst Week) and Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour).

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About the Performers


ANDREW REICH

Andrew Reich is an Emmy Award winning writer/producer who spent seven years on FRIENDS, the final three as Executive Producer/Showrunner.  His other credits include RULES OF ENGAGEMENT and WORST WEEK. He recently was the showrunner of the Netflix sitcom ALL ABOUT THE WASHINGTONS and wrote the Candice Bergen-starring pilot, PEARL, which was produced for ABC. Andrew also is the creator and co-host of the DEAD PILOTS SOCIETY podcast on the Maximum Fun Network.

BEN BLACKER

Ben Blacker is best known as the creator, with his writing partner Ben Acker, of the Thrilling Adventure Hour, a staged show in the style of old time radio, that ran monthly for ten years to sold out crowds, an LA staple. The show ran as a podcast for five years and won awards and garnered acclaim everywhere from the LA Weekly to Rolling Stone. With Acker, Blacker has sold pilots to USA, Fox, Nickelodeon, Spike, and other networks. He's written on the shows Supernatural, Puss in Boots, and more. Acker & Blacker are the authors of the Star Wars: Join the Resistance series, canonical young adult novels set in the Star Wars universe; the first two books of the trilogy are currently available. In comics, they have written Deadpool, Star Wars, and the upcoming WEAPON HEX for Marvel, Flash Gordon for Dynamite, supernatural western Death Be Damned and Thrilling Adventure Hour spin-off series for Boom!, and more. They are currently developing a series for a cable network that they're not allowed to talk about and a film for a movie studio that they're not allowed to talk about.

On his own, Blacker is the writer and creator of HEX WIVES, part of the DC/Vertigo Comics relaunch. Illustrated by Mirka Andolfo and colored by Marissa Louise, Hex Wives is about witches and the insidious ways men control women. He is the creator and host of The Writers Panel, a podcast in which he talks with writers about the business and process of writing television. The Writers Panel is closing in on 400 weekly episodes; Blacker has interviewed over 1000 professional writers in his six years producing the show. He's also the co-producer and co-host of Dead Pilots Society.

Follow Ben Blacker on Twitter: @BenBlacker
Follow Ben Blacker on Instagram: @bablacker
#HexWives

SIERRA TELLER ORNELAS

Sierra Teller Ornelas has previously staffed on ABC’s Happy Endings and Selfie, FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Surviving Jack, FUSE Network’s The Hustle, and most recently wrote and worked as co-EP on NBC’s Superstore and ABC’s Splitting Up Together. Sierra’s work has been featured on This American Life and the New York Times Opinion Section. A graduate of the University of Arizona, she previously worked as a film programmer for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, helping to create ridiculously entertaining programs about Native film and media. Raised in Tucson, AZ, she is also is an award winning sixth generation Navajo tapestry weaver and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Follow Sierra Teller Ornelas on Twitter: @sierraornelas
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About the USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 4


The 4th edition of the USC Comedy Festival comes at a time when comedy has emerged as a leader in discourses and causes for social justice and human rights, serving a galvanizing role for change in our fractured and polarized society. Affiliated with the USC Comedy track at the School of Cinematic Arts and the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Foundation, the festival will honor comedy legends, introduce notable emerging artists, address important issues and new developments in comedy form and content, and celebrate the work of our newest generation of USC Comedy students.

The USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 4 is dedicated to the memory of Paul Junger Witt, visionary film and television producer, and guiding force behind USC Comedy.

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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 Goetsch (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.

For more information, visit: http://cinema.usc.edu/comedy

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.

Visit the Official Visions and Voices Website: www.usc.edu/visionsandvoices
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#visionsandvoices
 

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 3:30 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.

Parking


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 the USC McClintock Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend buying a parking pass from the Gate Entrance, then turning left onto 34th Street and driving down to the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu