The culminating event of my summer storytelling course at USC, Funny but True: An Evening with Shelley Berman, Sandra Tsing Loh, and MPW Student Storytellers is sure to be a memorable night (unless you get so hammered on post-show reception wine that you pass out in your own vomit). I've got hosting duties, which means I've got to temper my ego—with my amazingly humble and disarming charm!

USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences and the
USC Master of Professional Writing Program present


Featuring performances from:

* comedian/actor SHELLEY BERMAN
* writer/performer SANDRA TSING LOH
* MPW student storytellers: Andrea Apuy, Alfred Brown, Greta Enszer, Josh Feldman, Josh Jacobson, Susan Kacvinsky, Hamza Khalil, Erin La Rosa, Jennifer Mitchell, and Krishna Narayanamurti

Followed by a reception.

Shelley Berman's comedy albums earned him three gold records, and he won the first Grammy Award for a non-musical recording. He was the first stand-up comedian to play Carnegie Hall. Since 2002, he has appeared as Larry David's father on Curb Your Enthusiasm, a role for which he received a 2008 Emmy Award nomination. He continues to do film and television work and make personal appearances across the country year-round. He has authored three books, two plays, several TV pilot scripts, and numerous poems. For over twenty years, Shelley taught humor writing in the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC, where he is now a Lecturer Emeritus.

Sandra Tsing Loh is a writer/performer. Her books include Mother on Fire; A Year in Van Nuys; Aliens in America; Depth Takes a Holiday: Essays From Lesser Los Angeles; and a novel, If You Lived Here, You'd Be Home By Now, which was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 100 best fiction books of 1998. Currently, KPCC broadcasts her daily segment, The Loh Down on Science, and her weekly segment, The Loh Life. American Public Media's Marketplace broadcasts her monthly segment, The Loh Down. She is currently a contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly. She teaches humor writing in the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 7:30PM

University of Southern California
Mark Taper Hall, THH 102
3501 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California 90089

Admission: Free and open to the Public
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  1. Howard Ho Said,

    Yeah, this sounds great...I'll be there!

    According to Wikipedia, Sandra Tsing Loh graduated from MPW too!?


  2. Holy moly.

    This sounds amazing. SO hope to be there!

    LOVE Sandra Tsing Loh; She's my hero. She has the career I want. (Okay. Well, she and Meryl Streep.)

    And WHO knew that "Larry's" dad wasn't just a funny comedian, but a published author and highly regarded professor of writing at USC???


    I have to be there!

    THANK you for posting this!



  3. Man, I have to drop someone at the airport. I miss all the cool stuff.


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