SULA hosts Improv comedy night; students receive scholarships
April 26, 2016
Three of the top names from the Improv world came together last night at Hollywood's El Portal Theatre, in support of the Jack Oakie and Victoria Horne Oakie charitable foundation's commitment to Syracuse University. The Oakie Foundation provides merit based scholarships for those students who participate in the SULA Semester, an academic and internship based program.
Oakie, a comedic genius, who received an Oscar™ nod (The Great Dictator w/ Charlie Chaplin), made over fifty films in four decades. A short film highlighting his influential career was shown and then the audience got to engage with some of today's best improv comics.
Headlining the evening were Jonathan Mangum (CBS's Let's Make A Deal, The Drew Carey Show), Heather Anne Campbell (MADtv, Writer SNL) and Gary Anthony Williams (The Boondocks), all regulars on The CW's Whose Line is it Anyway?
After the performance, writer, producer and noted syndicated radio personality Doug McIntyre led the audience in a Q&A. McIntyre was a regular contributor on Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect and has hosted his radio show McIntyre in the Morning (heard daily on LA's 790 KABC from 5-10am). Some of the evening's highlights included Heather Anne Campbell's advice on how a nimble writer should incorporate executive script notes, Gary Anthony Williams' tips on navigating a tough crowd and what is and isn't politically correct, and Jonathan Mangum's practical advice on working on and in Improv.
"Syracuse University Los Angeles is incredibly thankful to The Oakie Foundation for helping students to pursue their dream of studying and working in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles," said Joan Adler, the Assistant VP of Regional Programs.
Each of the three comedians and host Doug McIntyre were honored with a scholarship in their name ensuring that more laughter and Jack Oakie's mission of giving "money to the kids" through lectures and scholarships for the next generation of film and theater students, continues.