USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 6 Presents: AN EVENING WITH BILLY EICHNER

February 26, 2023, 6:00 P.M.

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

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


An Evening with Billy Eichner

In Conversation with USC Professor Wayne Federman

6:00 P.M. on Sunday, February 26th, 2023

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




Presented during the USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 6,
taking place from February 24th - 26th, 2023

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About Billy Eichner

Billy Eichner is a four-time Emmy-nominated actor, comedian, writer and producer. Eichner starred in, co-wrote and produced the critically acclaimed film, “BROS,” from Universal Pictures. “BROS” made Eichner the first openly gay man to write, star in and produce a comedy for a major Hollywood studio. The film was also the first major studio film to feature an all-openly LGBTQ+ cast in all lead and supporting roles. The film is directed and co-written by “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Neighbors” director Nick Stoller and produced by Judd Apatow. Additionally, Eichner is set to star in and produce “Man in the Box”, a biopic based on the life of groundbreaking TV icon Paul Lynde.

He most recently co-starred in Disney's live-action remake of “The Lion King” as the voice of Timon, opposite Seth Rogen, Donald Glover and Beyoncé Knowles, and will return to the role for the upcoming prequel "Mufasa: The Lion King," directed by Barry Jenkins.

On television, Eichner was recently seen as the infamous Matt Drudge in Ryan Murphy’s third season of the Emmy winning “American Crime Story: Impeachment”, alongside Sarah Paulson, Beanie Feldstein, Edie Falco and Clive Owen.

Previously, Eichner co-starred on two seasons of Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series, “American Horror Story”, as well as Hulu’s critically acclaimed series “Difficult People”. “Billy on the Street”, Eichner’s iconic, critically acclaimed series is now on HBO Max and clips from the series have garnered over 200 million views online. In 2018, the show was nominated for a Primetime Emmy® in the category of “Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.” This was the second of three Primetime Emmy nominations for the series, which was also nominated for a segment Eichner hosted with former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Additional credits include: “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special”, “Noelle”, “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”, “Parks and Recreation”, “The Angry Birds Movie”, “Penguins of Madagascar”, “Bob’s Burgers”, “Dickinson”, and “Friends from College”.

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,” “What We Do In The Shadows,” and “Silicon Valley.” Federman received a 2022 Primetime Emmy Award for producing the acclaimed HBO documentary George Carlin’s American Dream. He is the author of the bestselling book The History of Stand-Up: From Mark Twain to Dave Chappelle and is a touring comedian who has appeared multiple times on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Federman is also an adjunct professor of stand-up history and performance here at USC.

About the USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 6

The 6th Edition of the USC Comedy Festival returns to campus in person this February to celebrate community and share laughter, while exploring the changing nature of comedy in contemporary society.

The festival kicks off with standup comics Niles Abston, Jena Friedman, Alyssa Limperis, Christina Catherine Martinez, and Moses Storm debating the topic: Does Comedy Have to be Funny? with Vulture Senior Editor Jesse David Fox. On Saturday, the Women of Cinematic Arts (WCA) return with the ever popular Women of Comedy panel, this year featuring two unique sessions - one featuring showrunners, writers and directors, including Debby Wolfe (Lopez vs. Lopez), Brittani Nichols (Abbott Elementary), and SCA Alumna Thembi Banks (Only Murders in the Building), and one highlighting on-screen performers, including Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek), Lauren Ash (Superstore), and Andrea Savage (I’m Sorry, Veep). Saturday afternoon, Jesse David Fox will explore The Changing Flavor of Series Comedy with Showrunners Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Steve Levitan (Modern Family, Reboot), and Gina Yashere (Bob Hearts Abishola). The festival's Saturday night program will honor legendary comic actress and Emmy-winner Catherine O’Hara (SCTV, Beetlejuice, Home Alone, Waiting for Guffman, Schitt’s Creek), recipient of our 2023 Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie Masters of Comedy Award, in conversation with John Michael Higgins (Best in Show). Our final day will shine a spotlight on the 2023 Best Picture Nominated feature Triangle of Sadness with Best Director Nominee Ruben Östlund, followed by Marvel’s She-Hulk: Attorney at Law with Series Creator Jessica Gao, and conclude with An Evening with Billy Eichner, hosted by Emmy-winner Wayne Federman.

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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), Jay Kogen (The Simpsons, Frasier), Chris Guerrero (BuzzFeed, Super Deluxe), 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), Prentice Penny (Insecure), Cathy Yuspa & Josh Goldsmith (What Women Want, King of Queens), Thembi Banks (Only Murders in the Building), Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip, First Wives Club), Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians), 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 former 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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