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USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 5 Presents: SPOTLIGHT ON NETFLIX'S BIG MOUTH

April 10, 2021, 5:00 P.M. PDT

Live Online Webinar

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


Spotlight on Netflix's BIG MOUTH

Live Q&A with the Creators of the Netflix Original Series

Andrew Goldberg (Co-Creator, Executive Producer)
Mark Levin (Co-Creator, Executive Producer)
Jennifer Flackett (Co-Creator, Executive Producer)
Kelly Galuska (Co-Executive Producer)

Moderated by SCA Professor J.D. Connor, Ph.D.

5:00 P.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 Big Mouth

Big Mouth is a half-hour edgy adult animated comedy from real-life best friends Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg about the glorious nightmare that is teenage puberty. Comedian John Mulaney lends his voice to the character of Andrew, while Kroll (who serves as co-creator, executive producer) voices many including best friend Nick. Maya Rudolph, Jason Mantzoukas, Jordan Peele, Fred Armisen, Jenny Slate and Jessi Klein are among those who lend their voice to the series. Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg and screenwriter-directors Mark Levin & Jennifer Flackett are all creators and executive producers on the series. Big Mouth is a Netflix production.

Season 4 of Big Mouth focuses on anxiety; the anxiety of growing up, of figuring out who you are, discovering yourself, accepting yourself. The season starts at summer camp before our gang heads to 8th grade. Maria Bamford descends as Tito the Mosquito, the anxiety ridden insect who targets all our favorite kids. As the season progresses, we meet Zach Galifianakis' Gratitoad, who is there to help our crew cope with their anxiety and not let it completely own them. In the great Big Mouth tradition, the show continues to explore human sexuality and everything around it, including racial and sexual identity, love in all its forms, and having "The Hugest Period Ever."

About the Guests

ANDREW GOLDBERG (Co-Creator, Executive Producer)

Andrew Goldberg is Co-Creator, Executive Producer, and Showrunner of Netflix’s hit adult-animated comedy BIG MOUTH. The series, about the glorious nightmare that is teenage puberty and inspired by his childhood with comedian Nick Kroll, premiered its fourth season in December 2020. The show recently received its second consecutive Emmy nomination for Outstanding Animated Program. BIG MOUTH stars Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Fred Armisen, Jordan Peele and Maya Rudolph.

Netflix recently ordered HUMAN RESOURCES, a workplace comedy set in the world of the monsters from BIG MOUTH, co-created by Goldberg with Nick Kroll, Mark Levin, Jennifer Flackett, and Kelly Galuska. Along with Kroll, Levin, and Flackett, Goldberg founded the production company BRUTUS PINK which produces animation exclusively for Netflix.

Goldberg began his career writing for FAMILY GUY where he rose to the level of Co-Executive Producer. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

MARK LEVIN (Co-Creator, Executive Producer) &
JENNIFER FLACKETT (Co-Creator, Executive Producer)

Mark Levin & Jennifer Flackett have been screenwriters, producers and directors in both television and film for twenty-five years. Netflix’s BIG MOUTH, which they co-created and executive produce, premiered its fourth season on Netflix in December 2020. Netflix recently ordered HUMAN RESOURCES, a workplace comedy set in the world of the monsters from BIG MOUTH, co-created with Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg and Kelly Galuska.

In film, Levin & Flackett’s wrote MADELINE, WIMBLEDON, THE PERFECT STORM, and JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3-D. Their Blacklisted script THE ADAM PROJECT has just wrapped production with Netflix and Skydance, and it stars Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo. Together, they wrote and directed the films LITTLE MANHATTAN and NIM’S ISLAND.

KELLY GALUSKA (Co-Executive Producer)

Kelly Galuska is the co-creator and showrunner for Netflix's HUMAN RESOURCES, an animated workplace comedy set in the world of the monsters from BIG MOUTH, co-created with Andrew Goldberg, Nick Kroll, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett.

Previously, Kelly has written on staff on MOM on CBS, as a freelancer on ARCHER on FX, and on BOJACK HORSEMAN on Netflix, for which she was nominated for a Writers Guild Award. She has been a writer on Emmy nominated BIG MOUTH on Netflix since season one, where she rose to the level of Co-Executive Producer.

Galuska was part of the first class of the Humanitas New Voices program, and has developed pilots with CBS, Sony, IFC and FX.

J.D. CONNOR (Moderator, SCA Professor)

J.D. Connor is an Associate Professor in the Division of Cinema and Media Studies and received his PhD in from the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University. Prior to joining USC in 2016, he was on the Art History and Film & Media Studies faculties at Yale and the Visual & Environmental Studies and English faculties at Harvard. His research and teaching focus on the art and industry of contemporary Hollywood. He is the author of Hollywood Math and Aftermath: The Economic Image and the Digital Recession and The Studios after the Studios: Neoclassical Hollywood, 1970–2010.

Other work has been published in journals such as Jump Cut, Media Industries, The Journal of Visual Culture, Media Fields, FlowTV, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. His work has also appeared in edited volumes that include Reading Capitalist Realism, Film and the American Presidency, and the volumes on Directing and Art Direction and Production Design in the Behind the Silver Screen series. He is working on a history of tape recording, Archives of the Ambient; an exploration of contemporary comedy, Comedy Equals Comedy Plus Time; and a study of the theory and practice of cinematic worldbuilding.  He is a founding member of Post•45 (, a collective of scholars of American literature and culture. At USC, he is an organizer of the Sound Studies Working Group. He tweets @jdconnor and his website is

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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