Lucy 101 & "Being Fred Mertz" with Bill Chott & T. Faye Griffin

Lucy Fest: The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival presents:

Lucy 101 & "Being Fred Mertz" with Bill Chott & T. Faye Griffin

Wed, August 1, 2012

5:30 pm

The Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center


Off Sale

Why was "Lucy" so funny? An analysis of the varied types of comedy genius employed by the "I Love Lucy" show, and a unique look at “Being Fred Mertz.” Discussion presented by T. Faye Griffin and Bill Chott. Griffin, a comedy expert, is a former writer and producer for the show "In Living Color" and the BET Network, as well as a personal joke writer for Steve Harvey. Chott, known for his award-winning portrayal of Fred Mertz in "I Love Lucy Live on Stage", toured alongside Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in The Second City Comedy Troupe before re-uniting with former troupe-mates Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell to work on "The Dana Carvey Show" and "Saturday Night Live". Duration 90 minutes.

Bill Chott

Recipient of the 2012 national INNY Award for “Best Improv Coach” and the founder of the Improv Trick Academies in LA and St. Louis. Toured alongside Tina Fey and Amy Poehler in the Second City Comedy Troupe and worked on the Dana Carvey show and Saturday Night Live.

Bill Chott has been improvising for over 20 years. Kids know him as "Mr. Laritate" from his four seasons on Disney's Emmy-winning Wizards of Waverly Place. He starred as "Thomas" in the Farrelly Bros. top ten film The Ringer, and appeared opposite Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary. He also makes cameo appearances in the films Galaxy Quest and Dude Where's My Car?

His television credits include performing and writing on The Dana Carvey Show, and voicing the popular "X-Presidents" and "Ambiguously Gay Duo" on Saturday Night Live. He has appeared on TV in such shows as 3rd Rock from the Sun, ER, Freaks n Geeks, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
T. Faye Griffin
T. Faye Griffin
NAACP Image Award recipient and proud product of South Central Los Angeles, T. Faye Griffin has put words into the mouths of Academy Award winners, comedians, politicians and everyday folk alike. From A&E to BET to PBS, she has amassed an impressive list of television credits which include the Emmy Award-winning comedy series In Living Color, The Parent 'Hood, Steve Harvey's Big Time, The Grammy Gospel Celebration and NBC's daily lifestyle magazine program, YourLA.

A well-respected member of the comedy community, she created and served as Executive Producer of BET's highly rated comedy competition Coming to the Stage. The popular series marked the network’s first foray into family programming. Her work on the 2003 and 2004 Trumpet Awards each garnered a NAACP Image Award nomination, and in 2007 she scored a win as Producer of BET's Celebration of Gospel.

In 2006 she celebrated her first feature film credit with the release of the Steve Harvey concert film, Don't Trip...He Ain't Through With Me Yet. In 2007, Griffin was featured in the Cannes edition of "The Business of Film Magazine."

A much sought after writing instructor whose popular workshops have been presented by the Writers Guild of America, American Black Film Festival and Kids in the Spotlight, Griffin has been tapped by the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy to help develop their inaugural comedic arts education program. Additionally she has been invited to be a guest instructor at the prestigious Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York during the 2012 summer sessions.

The former stand-up comedian has found her place among the personal writing staff of superstar comedians and radio personalities Steve Harvey and Rickey Smiley. In 2010 she completed the “Ain't Nobody Perfect Tour” with Harvey and gospel legend, Kirk Franklin.

Ms. Griffin made her critically acclaimed directorial debut with her latest stage production Spook Night, a no-holds barred, behind-the-microphone look at the world of stand-up comedy. Equally adept at writing dramatic themes, she served as Writer-in Residence for the Oasis Christian Theater Company which produced her commissioned works When Dreams Die Young and The Christmas Club under the artistic direction of Penny Johnson Jerald. Currently she is developing a one-woman show for Tony Award-winning actress, Starletta DuPois.

Her work has also appeared in Woman's World Magazine, Spirit Magazine, KCET Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and the USA Book News award-winning anthology, "Untangled."

Ms. Griffin resides in Los Angeles, California.
Venue Information:
The Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center
2 West Third Street
Jamestown, NY, 14701