USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 4

November 2, 2018 - November 4, 2018, Varied

The Frank Sinatra Hall and the Ray Stark Family Theatre

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

 

USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 4



 

Friday, November 2nd - Sunday, November 4th, 2018


VENUES:

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

The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

 

NOW ACCEPTING RSVPs FOR ALL EVENTS!!!


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 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.

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Calendar of Events


CLICK ON EVENT TITLES TO RSVP FOR SPECIFIC PROGRAMS.

Friday, November 2nd, 2018


4:00 PM: JACK OAKIE COMEDY STUDENT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108

Hosted by Comedian Joel Boyd, a screening of original short films created by SCA students. Be part of the jury and help award the People's Choice "It's All In Fun" Award. Esteemed members of the USC Comedy Faculty will also judge 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards & scholarships. All films are no longer than four minutes in lengths.

7:00 PM: SPOTLIGHT ON CBS ALL ACCESS' NO ACTIVITY
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108

No Activity, a comedy series from executive producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Funny Or Die, marks CBS All Access’ first original comedy. In what should be a high stakes sting operation, No Activity celebrates the mundane. This season, we’re back in Car 27 with Detectives Cullen and Tolbeck, two low-level cops who have spent far too much time in a car together, as they stake out the seedy underbelly of a cockfighting ring. Meanwhile, the SDPD is rocked by a massive corruption scandal, and the culprit might be close to home.

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018


11:00 AM: WOMEN RUNNING THE SHOW
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108

Representation matters. And it starts at the top. Join us for a discussion with today’s top tv comedy showrunners on how the perspective, content and focus changes when a woman’s at the helm. A panel discussion featuring: Gemma Baker, Co-Creator/Executive Producer, Mom; Yvette Lee Bowser, Showrunner, Dear White People; and Natasha Leggero, Co-Creator, Another Period. Moderated by Joanna Cherensky, USC MFA Screenwriting alum.

1:30 PM: THE STANDUP SPECIAL: NEW DIRECTIONS
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108

Standup specials have undergone a tremendous burst of creative experimentation in the Netflix Comedy era, with multi-hyphenates like Jerrod Carmichael, Hannah Gadsby, Bo Burnham, and Christopher Storer moving the tradition televised standup comedy special in exciting new directions. Join us for a panel discussion with Neal Brennan, Steve Brill, Ian Karmel, and Jessica Yu, curated and moderated by Jason Zinoman, the first-ever Comedy Critic of the New York Times.

4:00 PM: FRASIER: 25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex

An all-star panel, anchored by series co-creators Peter Casey and David Lee, and star Kelsey Grammer, reminisce about this long-running, brilliant Cheers spin-off in which psychiatrist Frasier Crane returns to his native Seattle to host a call-in radio show and spar with his fussy brother, their ex-cop father and dad's physical therapist. Impeccable performances and polished scripts are the hallmarks of this sitcom, Emmy's most honored series. Moderated by Bill Prady, co-creator of The Big Bang Theory.

7:00 PM: THE JACK OAKIE AND VICTORIA HORNE OAKIE MASTERS OF COMEDY LECTURE SERIES:
KENYA BARRIS IN CONVERSATION WITH TIM STORY

The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex

The Annual SCA Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Award this year will be given to Kenya Barris, creator of the Emmy-nominated series black-ish for ABC (which is based on his own life). In its second season, the show won a Peabody Award as well as an AFI Award, among others. Barris was awarded the Humanitas Prize in 2017 as well as NAACP Image Awards in 2016 and 2017 for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series and a show win for Outstanding Comedy Series for the fourth year in a row. In 2018 Barris premiered the hit spinoff series, grown-ish, starring Yara Shahidi for Freeform. Moderated by Director and SCA Alumnus Tim Story (Barbershop, Think Like a Man, Ride Along).

Sunday, November 4th, 2018


1:00 PM: LAUGHING WITH VERSUS LAUGHING AT: OTHERNESS AND COMEDY
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108

While the entertainment industry has begun accepting that diversity and inclusion are necessary for good business, the ideas have become misunderstood buzzwords that have largely lost connection to their meanings. Especially in comedy, where we know all-too-well the difference between ‘laughing at’ and ‘laughing with,’ diversity and inclusion can’t just be about checking boxes. Understanding how much innovative thinking and dedicated work are required at every level to make the systemic changes necessary to create genuine inclusivity of diverse voices in comedic entertainment, we hope to inspire a more profound conversation about the issues, challenges, and potential solutions. This panel will provide a platform to discuss how to think beyond checking boxes and redefine diversity and inclusion, how we can encourage change to the mainstream approach to otherness, how to understand power dynamics in comedy and how pov and lived experience shapes humor, how to expand thinking past binaries to multiplicities and evolve ‘either or’ into ‘yes, and,’ and how we can empower creators whose voices have been marginalized to become centralized.

4:00 PM: DEAD PILOTS SOCIETY: LIVE CELEBRITY READING OF A NEVER-FILMED NETWORK COMEDY PILOT
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108

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).

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
Follow Visions and Voices on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VisionsAndVoices
Follow Visions and Voices on Instagram: @visionsandvoices
Follow Visions and Voices on Twitter: @VisionsnVoices

#visionsandvoices
 

Check-In & Reservations


All events are 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 approximately 30 minutes before the event start time.

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