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The Math of Comedy and Songs About Dicks (A Lecture with Rachel Bloom)

February 28, 2015 at 5:00 pm in 26-100

FREE admission for students, $4 otherwise!

Rachel Bloom presents a talk about the "math" of sketch comedy, including sketches, music videos, and live songs!

Rachel Bloom is a comedian, actress, writer and singer based in Los Angeles. She has been named a comic to watch by Cosmopolitan, Time Out LA and Backstage Magazine, and has been featured in Variety and the LA Times. Her comedic music videos have appeared on the Onion AV Club, Jezebel, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Cracked, among others. Her 2010 music video "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury" won the award for "Best Music Video" at Dragon*Con and was nominated for a 2011 Hugo Award for "Best Dramatic Presentation: Short Form;" and her 2012 music video "You Can Touch My Boobies" won the LA Weekly Web Award for Best Youtube Song. She has also released two albums: "Please Love Me" (a compilation of old/new hits) and "Suck It, Christmas!!! (A Chanukah Album)." Her recent live performance credits include Just for Laughs in Montreal, Fun Fun Fun Fest, the Arlington Drafthouse and The Limestone Comedy Festival.

Rachel recently developed and starred in a musical series for Showtime called "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," co-written with Aline Brosh McKenna and directed by Marc Webb. Her other television writing credits include "Robot Chicken," "Allen Gregory," The People's Choice Awards, and "The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange." Her acting work includes roles on "How I Met Your Mother," "Robot Chicken," The Yahoo! webseries "The Fuzz" and the CW webseries "Gallery Mallory." She has written and starred in two live musical sketch comedy shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in LA and New York: "Rachel Bloom is a Triple Threat!!!" and "Sing Out, Louise!"