The USC Visions and Voices Initiative, in collaboration with USC Comedy at the School of Cinematic Arts, is hosting its third comedy festival this weekend.
The festival, "The Changing Face of Comedy," will include three days of panels and screenings that hope to underscore comedy's unique ability to showcase diversity and cultural change.
Several USC alumni will be featured during this festival, including Paul Feig, creator of "Freaks and Geeks," and Judd Apatow, director of several films, including "Knocked Up" and "This is 40."
Of the many topics that will be discussed this weekend, the 2016 presidential election will be at the forefront. Zach Galifianakis, who recently welcomed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on his talk show "Between Two Ferns," will be featured on Saturday as part of a panel called "The Changing Face of Politics – It's All Comedy."
One of the goals of this panel, and the festival as a whole, is to "address what is being tacked as political correctness and how comedy can be found in politics," said Marie-Reine Velez, production and marketing assistant for Visions and Voices.
Other events will set out to discuss the shifting boundaries of racial, sexual and economic divisions that exist in the United States. Organizers of the festival, as well as its participants, hope that it can "raise questions about how Hollywood can be a part of the conversation about diversity," Velez said.
In addition, the festival will also showcase "how the comedy world is diversifying across all networks and platforms," said Jack Hacket, president of USComedians.
The festival will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. For more information, visit http://visionsandvoices.usc.edu/.