About LA Comedy Shorts

Now in its sixth year, LA Comedy Shorts has been named one of the Top Ten Festivals in the US by the Brooks Institute,  “Coolest Comedy Festival” and twice voted one of “25 Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by Moviemaker Magazine. Why? Because LACS is a one-of-a-kind experience for comedy short films and comedy scripts. It’s our top priority for filmmakers to get seen by the right people and make sure everyone has an awesome experience.

Co-founded by Gary Anthony Williams (Boston Legal, Malcolm in the Middle), L.A. Comedy Shorts attracts heavyweights from the world of comedy. Major sponsors have included Will Ferrell and Judd Apatow’s website Funny or Die, Cartoon Network, Atom.com and Atom TV on Comedy Central, Break.com and Freemantle’s Atomic Wedgie.

Celebrity participants have included Jane Lynch, Adam Carolla, Patrick Warburton, Mark Hamill, Dax Shepard, Bryan Cranston, Julie Bowen, Wayne Brady, Bobcat Goldthwait, Missi Pyle, Bob Odenkirk, Aisha Tyler, Dave Koechner and many more.

Enough with the name dropping. There are also four nights of great parties (like beer pong tournaments, celebrity karaoke, grown-a$$ kid’s party, etc) and a tight-knit and friendly community vibe all weekend long.

We hook our winners up with valuable industry meetings and all filmmakers receive real industry exposure. Last year, one development exec attended EVERY block of films. Numerous filmmakers and writers have been hooked up with deals directly as a result of the festival. Winning scripts and films have been requested or reviewed by HBO, CAA, ICM, UTA, Roar, Gersh Agency, Disney, Benderspink and many others.

But don’t just take our word for it…

“It is officially our favorite festival EVER!”
- Atomic Wedgie/Fremantle


“L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival is hilarious, worth the time…”
- Huffington Post


“X-treme Weekend has been in six festivals and L.A. Comedy Shorts by far was the best one I have ever attended. There is no comparison.”
- Thom Babbes, filmmaker


“Just wanted to let you know that as a result of our winning the Audience Award for the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival, we’ve had great meetings with Benderspink and Atom.com, and we actually won the Atom.com Showdown (a $500 prize and a feature on Comedy Central’s Atom TV show!). We made some terrific connections with people who have either seen the film at your festival, or with fellow filmmakers, and we look forward to next year’s event!”
- Deb Hiett, filmmaker

The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival & Screenplay Competition operates as a for-profit organization (LA Comedy LLC).


Festival Artistic Director

GARY ANTHONY WILLIAMS appeared as a series regular on Boston Legal, and as Abe Kenarbin on Malcolm in the Middle. Other credits include a series regular role on Blue Collar TV and appearances on Whose Line is it Anyway, Reno 911!, CSI, Andy Barker, P.I. and Lovespring International.

In the world of animation, he’s a regular in Aaron McGruder’s The Boondocks as the voice of Uncle Ruckus. Gary recently starred in the improvised film Cook Off. Other films include Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Martin Short’s improvised feature La La Wood, Undercover Brother and Soul Plane. He has also written for several internet web series.

Gary is very pretty.


L.A. Comedy Shorts Festival Staff

Festival Director: Jeannie Roshar

Artistic Director: Gary Anthony Williams

Festival Executive Producer: Ryan Higman, Kelly Frazier

Festival Producer: Bryce Fishman


Technical Directors: Ramiro Castro Jr., Pedro Castro

Director of New Media: Ramiro Castro Jr.

Legal Intern: Cory Chinn-Lang


Festival Program: Adam Lebow

Public Relations: Elizabeth Putignani Wolfe (The Lippin Group)

Legal Counsel: Peter, Rubin & Simon LLP