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April 10, 2021, 11:00 A.M. PDT

Live Online Webinar

USC Comedy at the School of Cinematic Arts, USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative,
and the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation, invite you to attend

The Jack Oakie & Victoria Horne Oakie
Masters of Comedy Lecture Series


USC Comedy's 2021 Oakie Award Recipient
in Conversation with USC Professor Wayne Federman

11:00 A.M. PDT on Saturday, April 10th, 2021


Open to USC Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and the General Public.

Presented during the USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 5,
taking place from April 9th - 11th, 2021.

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About Bill Hader

Bill Hader made the switch from being a master of impressions on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE to creating, directing, writing, producing and starring as a burned out assassin trying to break into the LA theater scene in HBO’s BARRY.
With its second season concluded, BARRY only got  darker, funnier and more addictive culminating in a whopping 17 Emmy Award nominations including noms in all of the major categories: Series, Writing, Directing and Actor (for which he won for). In 2018's first season, the series received 13 Emmy nominations, including victories for Best Actor and co-star Henry Winkler for Best Supporting Actor. Hader, a member of the unofficial "Four Guild Club," was bestowed awards from the Directors Guild (DGA), Writers Guild (WGA) and Producers Guild (PGA) and was nominated for Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Golden Globe Awards. BARRY also was bestowed an 2019 AFI Award and a Peabody Award as well. For season 2, Hader and the series received nominations for Golden Globe and SAG Awards.
Hader is also co-creator of IFC's DOCUMENTARY NOW! which garnered four 2019 Emmy Award nominations. Hader spent eight seasons on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and garnered four Emmy Award nominations for his work on the series.
He has starred in such films as TRAINWRECK, SUPERBAD, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS and TROPIC THUNDER. He segued to show his versatility with a dramatic role in 2014’s critically-acclaimed feature film THE SKELETON TWINS opposite his former SNL castmate, Kristen Wiig. He most recently starred in the box office hit, IT CHAPTER TWO, the sequel to the 2017 hit, IT.

About Wayne Federman

Wayne Federman has had a prolific career of comedic acting in Hollywood, playing a variety of characters in many of the funniest films and TV shows of the past 20 years including “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Silicon Valley.” He’s a touring stand-up comedian who has appeared multiple times on The Tonight Show.  Federman co-produced the Emmy-winning documentary The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling and is currently co-producing a George Carlin documentary for HBO. He recently authored a new book The History of Stand-Up: From Mark Twain to Dave Chappelle. He is a tenured, adjunct professor of standup comedy history and performance at USC.

About the Oakie Award

USC Comedy at the School of Cinematic Arts is dedicated to recognizing and preserving the legacy of the great comedy artists whose work illuminates, leavens and enriches our lives. In that spirit, USC Comedy hosts the annual The Jack Oakie & Victoria Horne Oakie Masters of Comedy Lecture Series to award a visionary comedian with the Oakie Award for exceptional achievement in film and television comedy. Previous award recipients have included Kenya Barris, Steve Carell, James Burrows, Paul Feig, Mel Brooks, James L. Brooks, Judd Apatow, Lisa Kudrow, Barnet Kellman, David Isaacs, Phil Rosenthal, and Tim Story.

About the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation

The Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Charitable Foundation’s mission is to follow through with the late Jack Oakie’s wish, “Give the money to the kids,” by underwriting lectures on comedy and scholarships for deserving film and theater students at some of the most prestigious institutions in the country. Mrs. Oakie instructed the Trustees of the Foundation to keep her husband’s legacy alive and enhance the value of visual performing arts education.

Both Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie were active participants in and during the famous Golden Age of Hollywood. Between them, they acted in more than 122 films over a 60-year period. Their contributions to acting and comedy can now be passed on to a new generation with the help of their Foundation scholarships.

About the USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 5

The 5th Edition of the USC Comedy Festival comes after a year of unprecedented social isolation and demands for social justice. Staring at screens or out in the streets, we learned why we still needed comedy and discovered new ways to make each other laugh in spite of everything. 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 legendary performer, impressionist, and character-ologist Bill Hader. Over the course of three days, panels will feature well-known guests such as Aidy Bryant, Demetri Martin, Lisa Kudrow, Lindy West, Matt Besser, Patton Oswalt, and Ramy Youssef; capture new voices exploding onto the scene; and celebrate the work of our newest generation of USC Comedy students.

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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 SuccessLegal EaglesTop Gun), Barnet Kellman (Murphy BrownMad About YouGeorge Lopez), David Isaacs (Cheers, FrasierM*A*S*H*), Robert Townsend (Diary of A Single Mom, The Parent Hood), Rob Schiller (The King of Queens), Andy Cadiff (Last Man Standing, Spin City) John Bowman (Saturday Night LiveIn Living Color), Dave Goetsch (The Big Bang Theory), F J Pratt (Sullivan & Son) and Tim Marx (Young Sheldon), to name just a few.
Our students benefit from the expertise and participation of SCA Comedy Alumni such as Jay Roach (Austin PowersMeet the Parents), Tim Story (Barber ShopRide Along), Judd Apatow (Girls, Superbad, Knocked Up),  Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy), Peter Segal (Tommy BoyGet Smart), Gabe Sachs (Freaks and Geeks), Jason Reitman (JunoUp in the Air), Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off The Boat), and Prentice Penny (Insecure), 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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Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago