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Los Angeles Diversity in Comedy Festival



The goal of this festival is to offer a platform for celebrating the unique points of view that come from diverse talent in Los Angeles and beyond. This festival will offer performers of diverse backgrounds an opportunity to explore issues of diversity across race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity through performances, panels, and workshops. Hosted by The Second City in Hollywood, this festival will take place in Los Angeles on:

October 21, 22, and 23, 2016

Submissions for 2016 have closed. Please join us in 2017!

Who qualifies as “diverse”? We feel that diversity extends to any group of underrepresented cultural voices- this could be based on gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. If you believe your comedic voice is underrepresented and reflects your unique background…apply!

Over the next few months we will be adding information on our many workshops, guest panels and performers. Check back for current updates!


Los Angeles Times: Second City Hollywood to launch Diversity in Comedy Festival



  • Saturday, Oct 22 at 12:30pm: Selling Yourself Without Feeling Like You’re Selling Out: How to Make Them Want Your Work
    We keep hearing that diversity a hot topic and that studios, networks, showrunners, and casting agents are more open than ever to considering diverse talent. But we all know it’s not enough to just be “diverse,” in order to get the job. Selling Yourself Without Feeling Like You’re Totally Selling Out: How to Make Them Want Your Work will discuss the practical ins and outs of the entertainment industry and leave attendees with a deeper understanding of how the industry works and what they can do to work in it.

      • Aydrea Walden (Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, Disney)
    • PANEL
      • Nikki Levy (DreamWorksTV, Don’t Tell My Mother)
      • Gary Anthony Williams (The Boondocks, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Weeds)
      • Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Modern Family, Ice Age: Collision Course)
      • Chris Redd (Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, Family Fortune, Empire)
      • Jermaine Johnson (Manager, 3Arts Entertainment)


  • Saturday, Oct 22 at 2pm: Breaking In & Continuing To Work In Hollywood From An LGBTQ Perspective 
    You’ve gotten your first big job in show business. Now what? Breaking in and continuing to work in Hollywood from an LGBTQ perspective will discuss getting that first big job and what happens next. Breaking in is hard, staying in can be even harder.

      • Patricia Villetto (OMG, DreamWorksTV, Goldieblox Toy Hackers)
        Head Writer/Staff Writer
    • PANEL
      • Ian Harvie (Transparent, Mistresses, Young and Hungry)
        Actor/Stand Up
      • Nico Santos (Superstore, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Chelsea Lately)
        Actor/Stand Up
      • Diona Reasonover (Clipped, Adam Ruins Everything, I love dick)
        Actor/Staff Writer
      • Brian Gallivan (The McCarthy’s, Happy Endings, Sassy Gay Friend)
        Show Creator/Staff Writer/Actor



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