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Sometimes it's okay to laugh at something short.

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The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival is celebrating its 3rd year of making audiences laugh til' they chafe their throats. (Lozenges provided on request).   LACSFF is touted as the largest comedy film festival in the US, introducing the freshest comedy talent to the industry. The four-day celebration of comedic short films and the people who make them will be held from April 7 - 10 at the Downtown Independent Theater (251 S. Main St.).   "We've scoured the solar system for the funnie...

Looking Good in Shorts – an Interview with LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival Director Jeannie Roshar.

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“Comedy saves lives.”If there was ever the need to exercise the chuckle muscles, The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival is the shot in the arm that the movie industry needs. The festival is the largest comedy film festival in the USA. It is dedicated to introducing the newest and hottest comedic talent to the audience and industry in a four-day, fun-packed weekend of screenings, parties, industry panels, and a star-studded red carpet awards event. Moviemaker even named it one of 2009’s best ...

LA comedy Shorts Winners announced

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Started by funny people, for funny people, The 2nd Annual L. A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, a four-day celebration of comedic short films, came to a hilarious conclusion Sunday evening at Elevate Lounge in Downtown Los Angeles. “All we wanted to do is make it ok for America to laugh their butts off at things that are short and funny. We did it. Now this country is safe again. You can thank us later. No. Wait. Thank us now.” said Festival Artistic Director Gary Anthony Williams. No s...

FAMOUS PEOPLE TALKIN' ABOUT SH*T!

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  It was 6:00 am, the sun was already blazing and it was gearing up to be a beautiful day in Valley Village, CA. Usually, I’d be bummed out what with having to spend the day inside working, but not today because today the Famous People Talkin’ About Sh*t panel was scheduled to insight and amuse at 11:00 am. And amuse it did! On hand for imparting comic wisdom, improvisational exposition and general hilarity was Bob Odenkirk, (SNL, Breaking Bad, and too many more to mention...

WHY ARE YOU THERE?!

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We're here at the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival and the house is already buzzing baby! In da house is Artistic Director Gary Anthony Williams, who you may remember from Boston Legal.  The Executive Director Jeannie Roshar who I'm not on speaking terms with as she just had a baby and looks amazing! Who needs that? Believe me when I tell you, we'll not be in any photos together!  Filmmakers have already begun bellying up to the bar and bending elbows for cocktail hour and the energy is amped....

KISS MY SHORTS

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We’re at war, the economy is in the toilet, many are out of work and/or sick with no health care, and speaking of which, arguments over health care reached an all time low with the way people have conducted themselves, oh and did I mention you still haven‘t won the lottery? With all the crap on the “news” the relentlessly chatty pundits shoving opinions in our faces, it’s a wonder we don’t all just take an elevator and jump out a high rise window. And do you want to know wh...

LA Comedy Shorts is back for the second edition with funnier line up...

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L.A. COMEDY SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL  2ND EDITION APRIL 15-18, 2010 They're back!  Funnier!  Faster!  Filmier!   The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, touted the largest comedy film festival in the US, is a four-day celebration of comedic short films and the people who make them.    Held in Los Angeles from April 15th-18th at the Downtown Independent Theater (251 S. Main St.), LACSFF introduces the newest and hottest comedic talent to the industry in a ...

LA Comedy Shorts are back and funnier

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They’re back! Funnier! Faster! Filmier! The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, touted the largest comedy film festival in the US, is a four-day celebration of comedic short films and the people who make them. Held in Los Angeles from April 15th-18th at the Downtown Independent Theater (251 S. Main St.), LACSFF introduces the newest and hottest comedic talent to the industry in a fun-packed weekend of uproarious screenings, unmatched parties, hilariously unrivaled informative industry pane...

Call for entry: The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival

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The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival April 15-18, 2010 Call for Entries - Click here The late submission deadline is December 2nd, 2009 , with an extended deadline of December 18th . Organiser Contact Information L.A. Comedy Shorts 2010 2118 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1140 Santa Monica, CA 90403 info@lacomedyshorts.com http://www.lacomedyshorts.com/ The Staff Festival Director: Jeannie Roshar Festival Producer: Ryan Higman Director of Development: Crisann Morgan Artistic Directo...

Mashed Potato Hangover from LA Comedy Shorts

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Okay, while most of the blog postings on LA Comedy Shorts blog on fest21.com have been “generic” in voice, this one is all me. As a comic and writer, I’ve loved swimming in the deep end of the pool with the big boys and girls of comedy the past few days and today’s panel was definitely that. So, this entry is all about me, you can indulge or just click off. Funny People Talking About Sh*t was moderated by Artistic Director Gary Anthony Williams and America’s Next Top African-Amer...

Mashed Potato Hangover by Kimberly Deisler

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Okay, while most of the blog postings have been “generic” in voice, this one is all me.  As a comic and writer, I’ve loved swimming in the deep end of the pool with the big boys and girls of comedy the past few days and today’s panel was definitely that.  So, this entry is all about me, you can indulge or just click off. Funny People Talking About Sh*t was moderated by Artistic Director Gary Anthony Williams and America’s Next Top African-American.  Next up was comic...

Bobcat Goldthwait to be honored at L.A. Comedy Shorts

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The Inaugural L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival will honor director/comedian/actor/writer Bobcat Goldthwait with the first-ever 2009 COMMIE AWARD at the Closing Night Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 8, 2009 at Cinespace in Hollywood. “Just when you think you’ve got Bobcat pegged, he pops up from a totally different direction, completely unexpected, and with another brilliantly funny facet to crack you up,” commented Gary Anthony Williams, Artistic Director of LACSFF. “Writing. Acting....

What? No Prozac?

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Forget the Prozac, come on, get Happy! You’d better shake off the straight jacket today! Shout hallelujah, come on, get happy! Throw the protective head gear away! Downtown LA will never be the same! This weekend the first ever LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival rolls out the red carpet at the newly renovated Downtown Independent Theater located at 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles.  This four-day comedic extravaganza was founded by the following funnies Ga...

Downtown LA: Forget the Prozac, come on, get Happy!

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Forget the Prozac, come on, get Happy! You’d better shake off the straight jacket today! Shout hallelujah, come on, get happy! Throw the protective head gear away! Downtown LA will never be the same! This weekend the first ever LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival rolls out the red carpet at the newly renovated Downtown Independent Theater located at 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles. This four-day comedic extravaganza was founded by the following funnies Gary Anthony Williams (Artistic Director, Boston...

L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival Programming/Schedule

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March 5 to 8  L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival is a 3 day long festival oeffering comedy, comedies, shorts...and party. Check the attached program and watch the dailies on fest21.com   THURSDAY, MARCH 5 5 - 7 p.m.                   Welcome Reception                                    Downtown Independent Theater   7 - 8 p.m.                   Celebrity Shorts ...

L.A. Comedy Shorts ready to open

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Sometimes when someone laughs at something short, that’s a good thing. Like L.A. Comedy Shorts– an honest to goodness film festival in the heart of Los Angeles hosting funny, short films.Started by funny people, for funny people, The L. A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival is a four-day, non-stop celebration of comedic short films, held March 5-8, 2009 in downtown Los Angeles. The Festival will introduce the newest and hottest comedic talent to the industry in a fun-packed weekend of screenings...

L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival

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The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival March 5-8, 2009 Call for Entries - Click here The final submission deadline is December 15th, with a late deadline at January 15th 2009 Organiser Contact Information For more info, contact us at: L.A. Comedy Shorts 2009 2118 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1140 Santa Monica, CA 90403 info@lacomedyshorts.com The Staff Festival Director: Ryan Higman Festival Artistic Director: Gary Anthony Williams Festival Programmer: Jeannie Roshar...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the winners

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The 24th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2009 festival competition at a Press Conference and Sunday morning brunch at the famed Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, hosted by KTYD Radio’s Julie Ramos. The festival, which ran from January 22 through February 1, was a huge success. By the look of the theaters you’d never know the economy was in the fight of its life as audiences packed the theaters for the last 11 days, proving once again how powe...

L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival & Screenplay Competition

The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, currently the largest comedy film festival in the U.S., is a four-day, non-stop celebration of comedic short films with screenings, industry panels and a red-carpet awards event. LACS was recently named one of Moviemaker Magazine's “25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”
Next edition runs April 7th to 108th, 2011.

Co-founded by Boston Legal's Gary Anthony Williams, L.A. Comedy Shorts attracts heavyweights from the world of comedy, including Will Ferrell and Judd Apatow’s 'FunnyOrDie.com’, a major sponsor in 2009. Adam Carolla hosted the star-studded red carpet awards, where actor/director Bobcat Goldthwait was honored with the first annual ‘Commie’ comedy achievement award and Mark Hamill presented for best comedy screenplay.

Santa Barbara Segue by Kimberly Deisler

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Having just attended the most historic event of a lifetime, the 56th Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, I can think of no better way to segue back into community than by attending The 24th Santa Barbara International Film Festival.My personal love affair with this festival started nine years ago and each year is no less exciting than the previous year or will be as exciting as the next.  With no shortage of global representation in film offered, my first inte...

Santa Barbara International Film Festival

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The 24th edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF)presents its film line-up for 2009, featuring over 200 films including 21 World Premieres, 29 U.S. Premieres and a rich selection of films representing 41 countries. The Festival takes place over 11 days beginning Thursday, January 22, through Sunday, February 1, 2009.“For the past 24 years the film festival’s goal has been to bring the best of world cinema to light in Santa Barbara,” commented SBIFF Director, Roger D...

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