1. A panel of scholars, entertainment journalists and people who have worked in comedy explored the social and cultural implications of half-hour scripted television comedies. Panelists discussed: the relationship between economic cycles and the demand for humor and comedies; comedies as a reflection of our society's anxieties, fears, and hopes; and comedies as political satire. Panel was moderated by Howard Rosenberg, Pulitzer Prize winning former television critic for the Los Angeles Times.

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  2. How do writers on a television comedy develop their material? Writers from current and recent comedies come together at the Pollock Theater. They take stories "ripped from the headlines" and discuss how they would handle them in their shows - through jokes, characters, and stories.

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  3. Steven Levitan, creator of the successful comedy, Modern Family, screened the original pilot and followed it with a discussion of the creative process, the relationship of the pilot to the series itself, and the role of a creator/show runner. An audience Q&A session wrapped up the day.

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  4. Steven Levitan, creator of the successful comedy, Modern Family, screened the original pilot and followed it with a discussion of the creative process, the relationship of the pilot to the series itself, and the role of a creator/show runner. An audience Q&A session wrapped up the day.

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  5. Four short presentations explored the development of television comedies, the elements that (arguably) have contributed to their success, and challenges they face. Each presentation was followed by an audience Q&A. Topics included: edgy comedy for the youth market; history of the laugh track; directing the sitcom pilot; and comedy and the Internet.

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