Make Me Laugh! Humor Writing Across Genres
About the Panelists
Mary Lou Belli is an Emmy Award–winning director and author. A television director for over 20 years, her credits include Wizards of Waverly Place; Sister, Sister; Charles in Charge; Girlfriends; The Game; Monk and Hart of Dixie. She has done groundbreaking work in the field of web series and has judged film festivals around the world. Belli is co-author of The NEW Sitcom Career Book, Acting for Young Actors and Directors Tell the Story. She teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Sandra Tsing Loh was named by Variety as one of America’s 50 most influential comedians. Her work ranges from off-Broadway solo shows to radio commentaries on NPR’s Morning Edition and This American Life. Her weekly Loh Life and Loh Down on Science are broadcast on KPCC. Loh’s new book, The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging Hormones, will be published in May. Her five previous books include the New York Times Notable Book Mother on Fire. Loh teaches in the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC.
M. G. Lord (Moderator) is a cultural critic and investigative journalist. She is the author of The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice, Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science and Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll. With Shannon Halwes, she is co-writing the libretto for Laura Karpman’s One-Ten, an opera about the 110 Freeway. Lord was for twelve years a syndicated political cartoonist and columnist at Newsday. She teaches in the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC.
Michael Price is an Emmy, Annie and Writers Guild Award–winning writer/producer. In addition to being a writer and co-executive producer of The Simpsons, he has written a series of acclaimed LEGO Star Wars specials for the Cartoon Network. Prior to writing for television, Price acted, directed and wrote plays with the Ironbound Theatre Company and wrote and performed sketch comedy with Gotham City Improv. Additional television-writing credits include The PJs, What About Joan?, Teen Angel, Homeboys in Outer Space and the animated Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Hercules, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command and Teacher’s Pet. Price teaches in the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC.