Next in 826LA's Adult Writing Seminar Series: Comedy Writing

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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
with Bob Odenkirk, Jen Kirkman, Ben Acker & Ben Blacker, and Jill Soloway
Moderated by Marc Evan Jackson

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.

Jen 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 Adventure Hour.

Click hereto purchase tickets, all proceeds to 826LA.
Tickets are $25, or $43 with And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft by Mike Sacks

Where & When
Busby's East
5364 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90036
Monday, May 3rd, 2010
8:00 p.m.
826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. With this in mind, we provide after-school tutoring, evening and weekend workshops, in-school tutoring, field trips, help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications. All of our programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student's power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.

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