Next in 826LA's Adult Writing Seminar Series: Comedy Writing
Our next writer's panel is just a few days away-on May 3rd Bob Odenkirk
, Jen Kirkman
, Ben Acker
, Ben Blacker
and Jill Soloway
talk about what's funny at Busby's East.
In the meantime, please enjoy Ben Acker's Sketch of the Dead
, starring Paul F. Tompkins and Mad Men
's Rich Sommer.Sketch Of The Dead
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826LA Adult Writing
Seminar Series: Comedy Writing
Monday, May 3rd. 8:00 p.m. at Busby's East. click here to purchase tickets.
Our panelists will
discuss comedy writing: how they got started, what inspires them, and
the dark, dark place comedy comes from. We will also be screening some
shorts written by our panelists.
Ben Acker & Ben Blacker have been writing
together for ten years. Since 2005, they've written and produced a stage
show in the style of old time radio called The
Thrilling Adventure Hourwhich can be seen monthly at Largo at the
Coronet in Hollywood. It was through this show that they were given an
opportunity to write a script for a low-budget feature film. So they
did. That film is Drones.
Many of the cast members in the movie also appear in The Thrilling Adventure Hour.
Acker and Blacker, most recently, have done punch-up for shows on
Cartoon Network and Comedy Central, helped relaunch Looney Tunes for WB
Animation, and developed an animated comedy for 20th Century Fox and a
kids' space-western for Nickelodeon. Presently, they are developing an
hour-long pilot for the USA network.
Those are their real names.
Jen Kirkman is a stand-up comedian, actor and
writer. She was recently a
cast member of VH1's Acceptable TV and has been seen as a stand-up on
Comedy Central's Premium Blend, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,
NBC's Late Friday, The UK's World Stands Up and many other late-night
comedy shows. She played many recurring characters on Cartoon Network's
Home Movies and currently impersonates lots of celebrities and
politicians on Current TV's political cartoon Supernews.
released her first comedy album Self Help(taped at L.A.'s Upright
Citizens Brigade Theatre!) in 2007 and she's currently a writer for the
late-night show Chelsea Latelyon The E! Network.
Bob Odenkirk is best known as the co-creator and
co-star of the HBO sketch comedy series, Mr. Show. He has made
appearances on Seinfeld, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Arrested
Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Joey, How I Met your Mother, Weeds,
The Larry Sanders Show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job and joined the cast of AMC's Breaking Badfor five episodes as a 'slippery
ambulance chasing lawyer'. He also directed the Super Deluxe series
Derek & Simon starring Simon Helberg and Derek Waters.
Jill Soloway was most recently Show runner/Executive Producer of the Emmy
Award-winning series United States of Tara. Before that, Jill was a
writer/Co-Executive Producer of HBO's Six Feet Under and authored Tiny
Ladies in Shiny Pants, a hilarious/dirty/sad memoir hailed as a
post-feminist manifesto for the next generation. She is currently
writing and directing short films for Funny or Die and adapting the
Pamela des Barres book, I'm With the Band, into a 1/2 hour comedy for
HBO with Zooey Deschanel. Jill started out doing theater with her sister
Faith in Chicago, where they created the stage phenomenon, The Real Live
Brady Bunch. Jill also created Sit n' Spin, a night of comedic monologues
that has run for ten years in LA. Jill has two sons and lives in Los
Angeles with her husband, Bruce.
Moderator:Hailing from Amherst, New York, Marc Evan Jackson is an
enormously interesting person. After graduating with a degree in
Philosophy from Calvin College and a couple years sailing aboard
schooners in Maine, Marc worked as an on-air host for National Public
Radio affiliate stations in Michigan before joining the Second City's
resident company in Detroit.
Marc can currently be seen in the
feature films Drones, Broken Lizard's The Slammin' Salmon, and
Transformers II: Revenge of the Fallen.
An actor, improviser,
musician, writer and voice-over talent, Marc lives with his (current)
wife Beth, a cat veterinarian in Los Angeles, where he performs live
with The 313 at iOwest, Sky & Nancy Collins from Orange County at
The Improv, and as Sparks Nevada, the marshal on Mars in The Thrilling
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Where & When
5364 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90036
Monday, May 3rd, 2010
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