The 4th Annual Scripted Comedy Festival Workshops



How to Pitch A Show Without Killing Yourself – Dana Goodman & Julia Wolov

The best idea in the world won’t sell without a great pitch. Pitching is a skill. Whether you are pitching to a producer, an agent, a studio or network executive, you want to sound like a professional. This workshop will teach you how to structure out an awesome pitch from finding inspiration for your show idea, coming up with a logline, character introductions, a summary of your pilot story, and a compact idea of what your first season will look like, and we will end the workshop with a Q&A. Do you have a show you want to pitch? Let Dana and Julia get you ready because as everyone in Hollywood knows we do everything right. God bless!

Dana Min Goodman &  Wolov are breast friends who have been writing and
performing together for 20 years. They are the Creators of MTV’s Faking It which is now in its 3rd season, and are also the Creators of Comedy Central’s web-series Biatches. Together they have sold TV shows to TVLand, MTV, Comedy Central… and Lifetime and Oxygen (don’t judge). They have also staffed on shows such as MTV’s Good Vibes and Punk’d.

Friday, March 11th @ 12pm – The Del Close Theater Register Now


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Creating a Character Showcase Overview – Megan Grano

Learn the basics of putting together a strong character showcase so you are prepared when auditions come your way.

Megan Grano has been teaching and coaching comedy for over a decade.She is also a performer and writer. You can see her full bio at

Saturday, March 12th @ 10am – The Del Close Theater Register Now

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Character Guts – Lauren Pritchard

This workshop will help you find your character guts. So you can play outside of yourself, not just a wacky voice. You will learn to give gifts to your fellow improvisers, jump into multiple characters, and dig into those relationships to bring joy to the stage by playing together. Get character guts! Great for gal improvisers who stuck playing “the chick”.

Lauren Pritchard started improvising in FL with Wayne Brady in 1991. She now performs in LA at Improv Olympic, ComedySportz and UCB. She was a regular cast member on season 14 of MADtv.
Lauren is currently recurring on Disney Channels: Stuck in the Middle, Gamers Guide, and Jessie. She was also on:  HBOs True Blood,  Comedy Centrals The Sarah Silverman Program, How I Met your Mother, Modern Family, Parenthood, The Crazy Ones, Vegas, Imagination Movers,  Girlfriends, World Cup Comedy, Strong Medicine, ReelzTV, Acceptable TV, and currently three episodes of Andy Cohen’s Then and Now. She stars in the Film The Engagement Claus (Christmas 2016)
Lauren was the face of Bank One and lots of commercials. She performed in the Made up Game Show with Wayne Brady. She Hosts the New Years eve countdown on the Castle at Disneyland. She has performed with The Thrilling Adventure Hour podcast. She performs, teaches, and does corporate team building through improv with companies like Disney, Nestlé, Yahoo, Google, Sony..and many more.

Saturday, March 12th @ 2pm – The Mainstage Theater Register Now



Duo Discovery (How to pack a stage with just two people) – Kelly Vrooman

Unleash your ability to listen, discover characters, and construct worlds with just you, yourself and another person!  This duo bootcamp works to strip away hesitancy and build the confidence it takes to take the stage as two!
Kelly Vrooman is the star of The Chica Show on Sprout/NBC Kids and the face of national spots for Bounty and Microsoft. Kelly’s writing has been featured in The Huffington Post and and her improv duo with Lauren Pritchard (MadTV) took the iOWest Main Stage Cage Match by storm this year. Kelly’s improv style is a playful and fearless mashup of all she’s learned from UCB, iO, Comedy Sportz, Miles Stroth, and watching people on the bus like a creeper.

Saturday, March 12 @ 4pm -The Del Close Theater  Register Now

Jessica Lynn Johnson THEATRICAL 1SUNDAY, MARCH 13th

The Art of Creating the One Person Show – Jessica Lynn Johnson

Jessica will take you through the creation process of developing a one person play, exploring character development, solo play structure, varying solo theatre performance techniques, and much more! Regardless of the students’ acting or writing experience, Jessica is skilled at meeting individuals wherever they are at in their creative development. The simple truth is that everyone has a story to tell and through a variety of unique writing and performance exercises, Jessica will take your story from the page to the stage! Her student’s one person shows have been seen in the LA Women’s Theatre Festival, the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the NYC United Solo Theatre Festival, the Whitefire Solo Fest, and lastly the iO West Funny Women’s Festival!

Jessica Lynn Johnson, is a published playwright, recipient of BEST NATIONAL SOLO ARTIST AWARD, and founder of Soaring Solo Theatre Company Los Angeles. Jessica teaches solo theatre at the Whitefire Theatre of Sherman Oaks, as well as privately directing and developing her students’ solo works all over the world. For over a decade she has “edu-tained” international audiences touring her 25 character one person shows.

Sunday, March 13th @ 2pm – The Loft Register Now

stephany-burns2FRIDAY, MARCH 11th

How to Get an Agent & Book Commercials – Stephany Burns

Get a jumpstart on your career resolutions with a brand new workshop from Stephany Burns of Avalon Artists Group!

Learn how to submit to agents, stay on everyone’s radar, and book more jobs in the New Year. Be part of a mock audition with invaluable feedback on the process. A guest casting director will also be on-hand, schedule permitting.

As Head Commercial Agent at Avalon Artists Group, Stephany Burns represents some of the most successful working actors today. Her clients continue to book numerous network commercials and campaigns with top brands.

Stephany has developed strong relationships with the biggest names in commercial casting, all of whom have come to trust her and her talented roster.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Stephany Burns was a child actress with The Iris Burton Agency and went on receive a B.A in Theatre from Arizona State University. While working at a number of the top commercial casting agencies in Los Angeles, she discovered that her ability to understand the needs of actors made her a natural fit to be their biggest champion. She prides herself on her dedication to her clients and her determination to advance their careers. She has developed strong relationships with some of the biggest names in commercial casting, all of whom have come to trust her and her talented roster.

Friday, March 11th @ 12pm – The Mainstage Theater  Register Now

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PITCHING TV – Jill Goslicky

Never go into another TV pitch meeting unprepared. TV Development Executive, Jill Goslicky, will walk you through everything you need to know about winning over the room. She will cover everything from how to create and prepare pitch packets, how to put together attention-grabbing sizzles, and how to make the most of your time in the room. Bring any pitch materials you’ve been working on, and we’ll workshop them in the room.

Jill Goslicky is the Vice President of Development at 3 Ball Entertainment, the company that has produced such shows as The Biggest Lose(NBC), Bar Rescue (Spike), Extreme Weight Loss (ABC), and Beauty and the Geek (CW). Jill started her career as a Casting Director on The Apprentice (NBC) and The Real World (MTV). She then became a Producer on series such as: Intervention (A&E), Bar Rescue (Spike), The Mole (ABC), Catch a Contractor (Spike), Food Fortunes (Food), The Revolution (ABC), Relapse (A&E), 4th and Long (Spike), L.A. Hair (We), and Scott Baio is 45… and Single (VH1). Currently, Jill oversees an extensive development slate and also serves as Executive Producer on several series such as Food Fortunes (FOOD) and Sweat INC. (Spike).

Saturday, March 12th @ 12pm – The Mainstage Register Now

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Punch Up Your Comedy Songs – Eric Schackne

The reason Flight of the Conchords and Lonely Island make you wish you wrote it first is due to solid songwriting.  Weird Al starts with hit records.  Strengthen your songwriting and the funny gets punchier.  These tools will help you off the ground if you’re feeling stuck or new to writing songs.

Learn pop sensibility and how to let the comedic idea inform structure.  Comedy background preferred, though musical background is not necessary.  Attendees are encouraged to bring an idea to workshop if they would like.  There will be piano accompaniment available as well.

Taught by iO West Musical Director, Eric Schackne.

Eric Schackne(Shaq-knee) is a renaissance jack-of-all-trades and overall human being.  As a musician, he’s a producer, writer, and utility player – touring band member for bands like Metro Station, Electric Touch, Tiffany Alvord and other bands you probably won’t know.  Eric comes into comedy mainly through improv and terrible Dad puns.  While at the University of Florida he taught short-form with Theatre Strike Force, continuing study through iO West and UCB training centers in Los Angeles.  Following his move to the left coast, Eric further delved into accompaniment/coaching for musical improv teams and sketch shows in addition to musical directing, co-writing, and co-starring in an Off Broadway musical revue you’ve never heard of.   Eric Schackne is the current Musical Director and house accompanist for iO West, and really likes upright pianos.

Saturday, March 12 @ 2pm -The Loft  Register Now

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Experiencing The TV Writers’ Room – Kate Purdy

We’ll discuss the unspoken culture of the writers’ room, and then collectively break an episode of TV to experience the feeling of the room.

Kate Purdy has written for Cold Case (CBS), MadTV (FOX), Cougar Town (ABC), Enlisted (FOX), The McCarthy’s (CBS), and BoJack Horseman (NETFLIX).  She is an iOWest alumna.

Sunday, March 13th @ 2pm – The DCT Register Now

A portion of the proceeds from the festival shows and workshops will benefit The Chris Farley House.

The Chris Farley House is a state-certified residential treatment program for recovering men and women. Sober, structured living, as well as case management and counseling, are available to assist with the transition to productive independent living and employment.

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