'Coulier' laughs best in L.A.


Lyndon Casey's "Captain Coulier" took the Funny or Die Best-of-Fest prize at the inaugural L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, which held its closing-night ceremony Sunday at Cinespace in Hollywood.

The four-day event, hosted by Adam Carolla, honored comedian-filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait, who received the Commie Award. More than $40,000 in cash and prizes were awarded.

Joe Wilson's "The Swear Police" got the Atomic Wedgie best comedy shortie-short prize, Mike Stern's "Distraxion" was named Atom.com best animated comedy short, David McWhirter's "Daryl From OnCar" was named Atom.com best comedy short, and the Atomic Wedgie audience award went to Deb Hiett and Richard Kuhlman's "A Bit of Counseling."

The winning screenplays in the Movie Magic Screenwriter Screenplay Competition were Ted Farnath's "The Rock Thrower" for comedy feature and Austin Sheeley's "Danny Caldwell Goes to Hell" for comedy short.