Los Angeles Diversity in Comedy Festival

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2019 FESTIVAL SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN!

All submissions, except video shorts, submit HERE

Comedic video shorts, submit HERE

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS MAY 1ST

THRULINE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED

Los Angeles Diversity in Comedy Festival

  The Second City’s fourth annual, 2019 Diversity in Comedy Festival, is a 4-day festival taking place on October 17, 18, 19, 20. LADCF will feature diverse performers in the realm of sketch, improv, stand-up, original pilots, and video shorts, through performances, reading, viewing, panels, and workshops. Locations for the 2019 festival are at The Second City Hollywood on the following sponsored stages, 3 Arts Stage, NBC Stage, and Nickeloden Stage. 2019 is an exciting year for LADCF, as we’re introducing two new ways to participate with Original Pilots being chosen and read on stage, and 2-10min Comedy Shorts viewings, sponsored by The Second City’s Harold Ramis Film School! 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!

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2019 All Show Festival Pass
$80 before October 17th
$100 during the festival
Purchase Pass Here

Theatre Locations During the Festival
There are three active stages during the festival, please take note which stage your show is at when purchasing tickets, they are directly across the street from each other.
NBC Stage (located on 2nd floor with no elevator access)
3 Arts Stage (located on 2nd floor with no elevator access)
Nickelodeon Stage (ADA Compliant Ground Floor Accessible)
Parties During the Festival
Opening night party Oct 17th at Lono Hollywood 4-7pm
Closing night party Oct 20th at Lono Hollywood 7-10pm
*CC
Closed Captioning devices display a show’s dialogue and sound effects as text.
Devices available by request. LADCF shows with Closed Captioning have “CC” before the title of the show below.
Please email ladcf@secondcity.com

 


Nickelodeon Stage

Friday, October 12th
SOLD OUT! 1-3pm WORKSHOP - Writing From Character (Nickelodeon Stage)
3pm From Stage to Screen and the Hustle in Between - Panel Discussion (Nickelodeon Stage)
7pm (CC) Stand-Up Night (Nickelodeon Stage)
8:30pm (CC) Queer Window w/ Umpo Series (Nickelodeon Stage)
10pm (CC) The Black Version (Nickelodeon Stage)

 


NBC Stage
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3 Arts Stage

Below is the 2018 schedule. The 2019 schedule is TBA!

Thursday, October 11thFriday, October 12thSaturday, October 13thSunday, October 14th
4-7PM OPENING NIGHT PARTY!(LONO)5:30pm Panel - Inside Nickelodeon Casting: Voiceover & Live-Action12-1pm The Really Awesome Improv (Studio)12-1pm (CC) Sly Chum & Soulmate (3 Arts)
7-8pm Standing Room Only & Pumps (3 Arts)7-8pm MR. (With the Period) & Sini-Gang (3 Arts)12pm WORKSHOP - Clowning with Jetzo (Second City Hollywood)12pm WORKSHOP - Writing for Kids Tv (Second City Hollywood)
7:30-8:30pm Hot Flan & Winnebago (Studio)7:30-8:30pm False Idols (Studio)12:30pm Second City Diversity & Outreach Panel - Meet & Greet (3 Arts)12:30pm Let's Get Digital - Diversity Shorts Panel (Studio)
8:30-9:30pm Love Readings with Cloro & Triumph (3 Arts)8:30-9:30pm Two Comedians at Home & Linoleum City (3 Arts)1:30pm Panel Discussion - Sponsors Panel (Studio)1:30-2:30 3 Asian Women on Stage at the Same Time & Room to Improv (3 Arts)
9pm Bob Curry Showcase (Studio)9-10pm Jetzo & Ithamar (Studio)2pm WORKSHOP - Hosting: Your Guide to the Basics (Second City Hollywood)2pm WORKSHOP - Having a Fun Time with Stir Friday Night (Second City Hollywood)
10-11pm Asian Gracefully & Heraldo (3 Arts)10-11pm Facial Recognition - Stand-Up (3 Arts)2:30-3:30pm Spice Rack & Black Don't Crack (3 Arts)2-3pm (CC) Black Girl Giggles & The Color Collective (Studio)
10:30-11:30pm Outcasts in Space & Toffifay (Studio)10:30-11:30pm Bed, Bath, and Beyoncé & PREACH! (Studio)3-4pm DICHOS & Number One Son (Studio)3pm Sickboy & How About Beige (3 Arts)
4-5pm M.E. So Funny & ¿Cómo Se Dice? (3 Arts)3:30-4:30pm The Bonnie He Clown Show & Essence Improv (Studio)
4:30pm WORKSHOP - Improvising en Español (Second City Hollywood)4pm WORKSHOP - Ladies' Mic (Second City Hollywood)
4:30-5:30pm BAPS Comedy & Hot Tin Roof (Studio)4:30-5:30pm Meet Me in Mizzery & Brown Privilege
5:30-6:30pm Supportive White Parents & Stir Friday Night (3 Arts)5-6pm Femmebot PHD & Las 3 Comrades (Studio)
6-7pm Tattoo Party (Studio)6pm Gringos & All-Star Jam (3 Arts)
7pm New Jack Bomb Diggity Comedy Joint: An Improvised 90's Stand-Up Show (3 Arts)6:30-7:30pm Excelsior! & Black People (Studio)
8pm (CC) The Ithamar Enriquez Variety Spectacular (Studio)7-10pm CLOSING NIGHT PARTY! (LONO)
8:30-9:30pm Bank City & Queerwolves (3 Arts)
9:30-10:30pm (CC) Drug Money & White Women (Studio)
10pm Stand-Up Night (3 Arts)
10:30-11:30pm The Martin Luther Kings of Comedy & Obama's Other Daughters (Stud

 


Headliners

One Nickelodeon Stage ticket gets you into all three of the following shows on Friday night!

•7:00PM (cc)Stand-Up 
•8:30PM (cc)Queer Window with Umpo Series (Variety)
•10:00PM (cc)The Black Version (Improv)

 

(cc)The Black Version
Give us a movie title and we’ll give you The Black Version. Rolling Stone magazine calls the show “Hot” and the cast a “Comedic A-Team,” LA Weekly says the show is “Red Hot” and “Scores more than its share of belly laughs,” while the LA Times calls the show “A Winner”! Returning to the festival for the second year in a row, The Black Version is an all-African-American cast that includes show creator Jordan Black along with comedy veterans Phil LaMarr, Nyima Funk, Gary Anthony Williams, Daniele Gaither, and Cedric Yarbrough, cast is subject to change, all under the direction of Karen Maruyama.

 

Daniele Gaither

Gary Anthony Williams

Jordan Black

Nyima Funk

Phil Lamarr

Cedric Yarbrough

Karen Maruyama

 

(cc)Queer Window with UMPO Series

QUEER WINDOW is celebration of QUEER community and culture. This comedic variety show features some of LA’s top LGBTQ+ acts doing improv, drag, stand-up, music, dance, or whatever their little queer hearts can think of. This show is fun for everyone! Twinks, twunks, bears, Carebears, STRAIGHTS, allies, Bob Fosse, butch queens, THE Queen, etc… The only rule is that this is a safe space so no frowns, but we do encourage the wearing of GOWNS. So throw open the curtains and experience the extravaganza that is QUEER WINDOW!!

 

(cc)Stand-Up Night Hosted by: TBA

Featuring:

 

The Bob Curry Fellowship is a tuition free, professional development master program, sponsored by NBC, and named for the first African-American performer on a Second City resident stage. These actors and improvisers have studied with us for 14 weeks to create an all original show, culminating in their performance at LADCF. This is our 2nd Annual Bob Curry Showcase, please come support these extraordinary performers on Thursday, Oct 17th at 9pm! The fellows are (in alphabetical order) TBA
Below are the 2018 Inaugural Bob Curry Fellows. If you’re interested in this amazing scholarship program,
you can find more info on it HERE to get involved and submit during the 2019 submission window. 


Workshops TBA


Panels

Friday, October 12th at 3pm, Nickelodeon Stage
Panel Discussion – From Stage to Screen and the Hustle in Between
Moderator: Dwayne Colbert

This star-studded panel will discuss becoming recognizable faces on television shows and in movies and all of the hidden, humble beginnings it took to get there. Includes: Jerry Minor (Arrested Development), Brandon Johnson, (Rick & Morty) Suzy Nakamura (The Goldbergs), Jordan Black (SNL), Gary Anthony Williams (The Boondocks), Danielle Gaither (BoJack Horseman), and Nyima Funk (Key and Peele).

Sunday, October 14th at 12:30pm, Studio Theatre
Panel Discussion – Let’s Get Digital, Diversity Shorts Panel

This panel will showcase LGBTQ creators and their web projects. Each piece will be screened and followed by a talkback with it’s creators and stars. This year’s projects include the trans-focused mini-series “Fish Tank” directed by Brandon Smithson and starring Arisce Wanzer and Isis King, “The Shallow End” a webseries created and starring Jason Michael Snow, Lucas Hazlett, and Mathew Francis, “Queers” a brand new series from Peter Kim and Eric Lewis-Baker, and pieces from popular youtube comedians FoxyHotMess and Michael Henry. Moderated by Zack Colonna of the podcast and live variety show “Queer Window.”

Friday, October 12th at 5:30pm, Studio Theatre
Inside Nickelodeon Casting: Voiceover & Live-Action
Moderated by: Sherley Ibarra, Director, Talent Development & Outreach
Speaker: Shiondre Austin, Director, Animation Casting & Talent
Speaker: Ann Maney, Sr. Director, Live-Action Casting & Talent
Join Ann Maney (Sr. Director, Live-Action Casting & Talent) and Shiondre Austin (Director, Animation Casting & Talent) for a deep dive into Casting at Nickelodeon; what we look for, the audition process, and how to get           started are just some of the many topics we will cover during this panel. Moderated by Sherley Ibarra (Director, Talent Development & Outreach).

Saturday, Oct 13th at 1:30pm, Studio Theatre
Panel Discussion – Sponsors Panel (Studio)

Industry execs from 3 Arts Entertainment, NBC, Thruline Entertainment, Nickelodeon, and The Second City will be lead in an panel discussion by Ithamar Enriquez on the state of diversity and the do’s and don’t of the industry. Get the inside scoop from David Miner (3 Arts Entertainment), Jandiz Estrada Cardoso (NBC), Sherley Ibarra (Nickelodeon), Jayme Yarow (Thruline Entertainment), Joshua Funk, Dionna Griffin-Irons, and Claudia Wallace (The Second City). This panel is free.

MODERATOR: ITHAMAR ENRIQUEZ
Ithamar Enriquez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. While living in Chicago, Ithamar performed and wrote in the Second City touring company, ETC stage and Main Stage. Since moving to Los Angeles, he has had an extensive career in commercials, film and TV.  His one man silent sketch show Ithamar Has Nothing To Say, has been featured at The Comedy Central Stage in Los Angeles and at comedy festivals around the country. TV credits: A Series Of Unfortunate Events, Arrested Development, Key and Peele, The Office, Adam Ruins Everything, Teachers, Weird City and No Activity. Film credits:  Lady Bird, Popstar, Mascots and Beyond The Lights.

3 ARTS ENTERTAINMENT: DAVID MINER
David Miner is a partner in the talent management and production company 3 Arts Entertainment, where he guides careers of artists and produces comedy series. His recent series work includes NBC’s “The Good Place,” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” as well as Netflix’s “Master of None” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” among others.  David is the recipient of fifteen Emmy nominations including three consecutive primetime Emmy Awards as a producer of NBC’s “30 Rock.” A New York native, he began his career as an intern at Chicago’s Second City theater and produced live comedy in New York before joining 3 Arts as an assistant to Erwin Stoff in 1995. He holds a degree in theater from Skidmore College where he met his wife, Jennifer.

NBC: JANDiZ ESTRADA CARDOSO
SENIOR DIRECTOR of Talent Development for NBC Entertainment, Executive Producer for the STAND UP NBC Comedy Tour and THE NBCUniversal SHORT FILM FESTIVAL. Jandiz has worked on pilots and series with networks including AMC, ABC, CBS, Starz, SpikeTV and MTV, as well as tentpolling films with feature studios including Disney, WB, Paramount, Universal, NewLine and Screen Gems. In 2010, she joined NBCUniversal’s New York casting office, covering all pilots, and serving as Associate on the last season of the Emmy Award Winning series, 30 Rock. In 2013, Jandiz wrote the foreword for  the acclaimed resource book, “Actors Choice: Monologues for Teens, Volume 2.” She was Voted “Backstage Magazine’s” Reader’s Choice Award for Audition Coach of the Year, along with other honors. Upcoming films include SEVENTH SON starring Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges, and Ben Barnes.

NICKELODEON: SHERLEY IBARRA
Sherley Ibarra is Nickelodeon’s Director of Talent Development & Outreach where she oversees Nickelodeon’s Writing and Artist Programs – two of the most competitive and successful vehicles for up and coming creatives.  Ibarra is also responsible for spearheading the network’s outreach efforts at industry and college events, which enhance the ability to act as a pipeline for identifying, developing, and mentoring innovative new talent.

THRULINE ENTERTAINMENT: JAYME YAROW
Jayme Yarow is a comedy manager and producer at Thruline Entertainment. She started her career in the mailroom at UTA. After a short stint working in production at Bunim-Murray, she went on to become a literary agent at Innovative Artists. At Innovative, she started a successful staffing business centered around diverse writers. She believes everyone has a unique story to tell and that everyone should be afforded the chance and platform to do so.

SECOND CITY: JOSHUA FUNK, DIONNA GRIFFIN-IRONS, CLAUDIA WALLACE

JOSHUA FUNK is the Artistic Director of The Second City Hollywood. Joshua is an alumni of the Second City Detroit as well as a multiple Jeff Award winning director in Chicago. He is now an Emmy nominated composer for his music on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, and his other composing credits include Wabbit, The New Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo: Shaggy’s Showdown, Teachers, and NBC’s Red Nose Day. Acting credits: Key & Peele, Reno 911, The Informant, Come Simi, All Stars, Wild n’ Out, Kong: Skull Island, and Girlboss. Joshuafunk.com

DIONNA GRIFFIN-IRONS is Director of Diversity and Inclusion for The Second City U.S. and Canada. A Second City Detroit alumnus with 18+ years of experience as a performer, producer and facilitator, Dionna has taught 200+ workshops at colleges, women’s shelters, corporate boardrooms and worked with the United States Embassy in Norway and Latvia introducing improv as a tool for social change. Her outreach work has appeared in Diversity Journal publication, on NPR, ABC, NBC, and numerous academic posts including her 2015 TEDx Talk at the University of Chicago. Her 2014 published work can be found in Rowan/Littlefield’s anthology Women, Writing and Prison. She is currently writing a memoir on the intersection of comedy, diversity and women in prison. @dionnagirons

CLAUDIA WALLACE is Casting Director and Cast Consultant for The Second City, Resident Stages and Touring companies.  She is also an Artistic Consultant and sits on The Second City Executive Committee. For over 20 years, Claudia has worked in several capacities at The Second City.  She’s an alumna of the Touring Company and the Chicago Mainstage and works as an actress and facilitator for Second City Works, the Business-to-Business arm of The Second City. Claudia is also an accomplished actress who can be seen on TV, film and on stages across the country.  She brings a wealth of knowledge to these roles, and Second City is thrilled to have her as a part of the team.

Saturday, Oct 13th at 12:30pm, 3 Arts Stage
The Second City Diversity & Outreach Panel – Meet & Greet

The Second City believes that everyone, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation should experience the gift of improvisation and the many life skills it helps develop in a safe, supportive way and is actively working to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of our institution and associated programming. Our goal is to open doors, create a bridge, and make this work accessible and inclusive. We firmly believe that unique experiences and points of view are at the core of the art form our artists create and reflective of the audiences, students, and clients we serve. Please come out and not only hear what this amazing panel has to say, but actually meet with them, shake their hand, tell them your story, they’d love to meet you. This panel is free.

JOSHUA FUNK is the Artistic Director of The Second City Hollywood. Joshua is an alumni of the Second City Detroit as well as a multiple Jeff Award winning director in Chicago. He is now an Emmy nominated composer for his music on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele, and his other composing credits include Wabbit, The New Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo: Shaggy’s Showdown, Teachers, and NBC’s Red Nose Day. Acting credits: Key & Peele, Reno 911, The Informant, Come Simi, All Stars, Wild n’ Out, Kong: Skull Island, and Girlboss. Joshuafunk.com

NANCY HAYDEN is the Associate Artistic Director of The Second City Hollywood, and began her improv and sketch comedy career as a writer/performer in The Second City Detroit Mainstage cast. After co -writing and appearing in five revues, Nancy went on to direct SC touring company and Detroit mainstage productions, including “Jihad It Up to Here” and “My Cousin’s Wedding.” After relocating to Los Angeles, Nancy began performing with Mama’s Boy and The 313. She has directed SC Hollywood premium productions “Yes Weed Can” and “Cancer! The Musical” as well as writing and directing “Armagayddon.” She then served as Head Writer/Creative Director for the national “Girls’ Night In” Tour, produced by Fullscreen. Most recently, Nancy has worked as writer/producer for “Bravo After Hours With Carrie Keagan,” and a staff writer for DreamWorksTV and “Detroiters” on Comedy Central. She was also recently named Associate Artistic Director for The Second City Hollywood.

DIONNA GRIFFIN-IRONS is Director of Diversity and Inclusion for The Second City U.S. and Canada. A Second City Detroit alumnus with 18+ years of experience as a performer, producer and facilitator, Dionna has taught 200+ workshops at colleges, women’s shelters, corporate boardrooms and worked with the United States Embassy in Norway and Latvia introducing improv as a tool for social change. Her outreach work has appeared in Diversity Journal publication, on NPR, ABC, NBC, and numerous academic posts including her 2015 TEDx Talk at the University of Chicago. Her 2014 published work can be found in Rowan/Littlefield’s anthology Women, Writing and Prison. She is currently writing a memoir on the intersection of comedy, diversity and women in prison. @dionnagirons

CLAUDIA WALLACE is Casting Director and Cast Consultant for The Second City, Resident Stages and Touring companies.  She is also an Artistic Consultant and sits on The Second City Executive Committee. For over 20 years, Claudia has worked in several capacities at The Second City.  She’s an alumna of the Touring Company and the Chicago Mainstage and works as an actress and facilitator for Second City Works, the Business-to-Business arm of The Second City. Claudia is also an accomplished actress who can be seen on TV, film and on stages across the country.  She brings a wealth of knowledge to these roles, and Second City is thrilled to have her as a part of the team.

ANTHONY LEBLANC is originally from Beaumont, TX. He performed with his sketch group, Boxaganga, while obtaining a Computer Science and Physics BS at Loyola University New Orleans. He directed The Second City e.t.c. review, Soul Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Second City Mainstage review, Winner…of Our Discontent. He had recently Directed Nothing to Loose (But Our Chains) at the Woolly Mammoth Theater in DC and  The Magic Negro and Other Blackity Blackness as Told by an African-American Man Who Also Happens to be Black at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta Georgia. He wrote and performed in two Second City Chicago Mainstage Reviews; America: All Better and Taming of the Flu. He is also An Artistic Director of the Second City Inc. and part of Columbia College Chicago’s theater department faculty teaching in the Comedy Writing and Performance Major. He hopes that His Sketch Directing helps him one day realize his dream of working for NASA, programming A.I. computer systems. He thanks Mom, Dad, David, Katie, Kennedy, Matt, Ryan, his friends… and of course… Stephen Hawking.

KEVIN FRANK began his improv comedy career in 1984 on the Second City main stage at the Old Firehall in Toronto and for the past 11 years he has served as the Artistic Director of the Second City, Toronto, Canada. Kevin Frank has been an actor/writer/musician for over 30 years. During this time, he has performed in over 60 television commercials and has had countless appearances on popular series  television. Kevin hosted the nationally syndicated children’s game show Kidstreet for five years (350 episodes) and co-starred with Walter Matthau and Carol Burnett in the Marriage Fool. He enjoyed success as the host of Animal Planet’s Pet Project, which received 4 Gemini nominations, including Best Host in a Lifestyle & Information Program. He can also be heard as many of the voices in the Thomas the Tank Engine 1st feature movie. When Kevin isn’t improvising he can be found behind his drum kit keeping time for Glendale One. Their CD, Glendale One, LIVE at Asylum Artists is creating a buzz on the Indie scene. You can check them out on itunes.

Aimée Ambroziak is the Associate Artistic Director at Second City Toronto Training Centre. A native Montréaler, Aimee began professionally performing at 14-years- old and was nominated for multiple MECCA’s (Montréal English Critics Circle Awards) for her work with Shakespeare in the Park as well as new independent works. In Toronto and abroad, Aimée has been a member of Second City’s Touring, Family, Education and Boat companies resulting in a Dora award nomination (Best Ensemble, SuperDude and Doctor Rude). She is the current swing for Second City Toronto’s production of She the People. She also spent 6 months travelling around rural Bolivian communities directing interactive theatre that aimed at creating a dialogue about preventing violence against women. Her short film, Good Girls, co-written with Nadine Djoury, won the WIFT-BravoFact Pitch Competition and is currently making the festival circuit and her scripted series Hudson Heights also co-written with Nadine was a finalist at the Just for Laughs ComedyPro Pitch competition. Selected acting credits include Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Stick It, and Licked. Also, she’s the Queen at Medieval Times.


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