WICF 2014 Panels and Talks

All Panels and Talks take place at ImprovBoston.  Directions and parking information can be found on our directions page.

Erin Judge

2014 WICF Panel - Making It: Professional Comics on Comedy & Careers

Saturday, May 10 10:30am-12noon

This panel is FREE to WICF Performers and the public

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Panelists include Eddie Brill, Judy Gold, Erin Jackson, Wendy Liebman, and more.

Description: Join panelists for a roundtable discussion about industry trends and creative practices shaping the current comedy scene, especially as they apply to women and minorities. As another male steps into a late-night hosting role (Colbert replacing Letterman in 2015) and the overall percentage of female stand-ups hovers around the 15% mark during a time when women seem to be gaining visibility across comedy markets (Cameron Esposito, Ilana Glazer and Broad City, Sasheer Zamata at SNL, Alexis Wilkison at Harvard Lampoon), it is particularly relevant to discuss what factors account and might help address this uneven footing. Panelists include: Eddie Brill, Judy Gold, Erin Jackson, Wendy Liebman, and others who will also speak to their personal experiences in the business and offer insight into their own creative processes.

Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Panel Moderator: Erin Judge (Erin is a stand-up comedian and writer. She was a 2013 semi-finalist in NBC's "Stand Up NBC" talent search)

Panel Organizer: Sheila Moeschen (Senior Editor, I AM THAT GIRL & Writer, Huffington Post)

Stephanie Laing

2014 WICF Event - Q&A with HBO Comedy Producer Stephanie Laing

Saturday, May 10 1pm-2:30pm

This panel is FREE to Performers, $10 for the public

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Join us for an interview with Stephanie Laing. She will discuss her career, what she has learned, and juggling a family with her busy work schedule. Audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.

This Q&A will be be run by Pam Victor. Pam is the writer/performer of the "Geeking Out with..." series and the co-author along with TJ Jagodowski and David Pasquesi of the upcoming "Improvisation at the Speed of Life: The TJ & Dave Book.

About Stephanie Laing

Stephanie Laing knows the power of comedy. With three children, a travel schedule that rivals Hillary Clinton’s, and multiple HBO hits under her watch, most days she relies heavily on laughter to keep her head above the chaos. A woman thriving in the hard-hitting world of comedy and action-drama television, Laing has cemented her place as not only one of HBO’s leading ladies of smart laughs as a producer on the hit shows Eastbound & Down and Veep, but one of television’s leading producers with four Emmy nominations and one win.

Since starting in entertainment at the age of 20, Laing has gravitated toward comedy—particularly properties with a razor-sharp wit—and has made a name for herself by working among the leaders of the industry. She launched her production career by partnering with funny woman Tracy Ullman on her popular sketch comedy show Tracey Takes On. Later, the two also founded the groundbreaking online shopping website PurpleSkirt.com during their decade of working together.

Laing moved on to work with the British duo Matt Lucas and David Walliams on the HBO series Little Britain, followed by Documental with Justin Theroux and Steve Coogan. When presented with the opportunity to join the producing team of HBO’s Eastbound and Down in 2009, she found herself working alongside the riotous Danny McBride, director David Gordon Green and, of course, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Laing was later named an Executive Producer of the show during the 4th Season. Soon after, Laing added Veep to her resume. The show’s synthesizing of humor, courtesy of the king of UK comedy Armando Iannucci, married with the savvy wit of producers Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Frank Rich, Chris Addison and Chris Morris, and mixed with the creative infusion of writers Tony Roche and Simon Blackwell, creates a comedy powerhouse that perfectly suits Laing’s style. Later, between seasons, she would work on Season 1 of Cinemax’s Banshee. Laing expanded her repertoire during this time to include directing, most notably as the 2nd unit director on both Veep and Banshee.

Always one to take on a new challenge, Laing recently added a new project to her current roster. In 2014, Laing will begin directing and producing her first short film. The film will star talent with whom she has previously worked. Stephanie's blog can be found at: putyourprettyonbysl.com. Stephanie also writes for Refinery 29

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