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The USC Comedy Festival, Vol. 5 has announced its full lineup which features stars like Bill Hader, Lisa Kudrow, Ramy Youssef, Aidy Bryant, Ziwe Fumudoh and Patton Oswalt. The festival, sponsored by the university’s Visions and Voices, will take place virtually April 9–11. Events are free and open to the public.
As part of the announcement from director of programming and special projects Alex Ago, this year’s fest features a special partnership with Hulu Original Comedy that will showcase the streamer’s programming including such shows as Shrill, Woke and Ramy. Kudrow will appear on an April 9 panel titled “Can Comedy Be Taught” that will also feature professor Wayne Federman, UCB founder Matt Besser, and comedian Demetri Martin.
Hader will appear on April 10 during the Oakie Masters of Comedy Lecture Series opposite Federman during which he will be honored with the Oakie Award. Prior recipients of the award include Kudrow, Kenya Barris, James L. Brooks, Judd Apatow, Mel Brooks, James Burrows, Steve Carell, Paul Feig, Phil Rosenthal and Tim Story.
Later that day, a “Women Creating Comedy” event will feature Chelsea Devantez, Ziwe Fumudoh, London Hughes, Jana Schmieding and Rachel Sennott in a conversation moderated by WCA board member and SCA alumna Shannon Hardy. Also on April 10, there will also be panel spotlights on Netflix’s Big Mouth and FX’s What We Do in the Shadows.
April 11 is dedicated to Hulu Original Comedy with panel spotlights on Hulu’s Shrill featuring Aidy Bryant, Woke featuring co-creators Keith Knight and Marshall Todd, adult animation featuring Patton Oswalt, and “From Pitch to Peabody,” a conversation with Youssef and Billy Rosenberg, vp Hulu Originals and head of comedy.
Said Rosenberg: “We’re honored to be partnering with USC, as part of their community in fostering the next generation of best-in-class comedic storytellers. At Hulu, our focus is building a diverse comedy slate of shows that not only make you laugh, but also think.”
A full schedule of events can be found here.
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