Dan O'Shannon is an executive producer and writer of the ABC show Modern Family and author of What Are You Laughing At? A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event, which presents an entirely new approach to comedy theory. As a writer and producer, he has made significant contributions to some of the most acclaimed network comedies of the past 25 years such as Newhart, Cheers, and Frasier. His various awards include but are not limited to three Emmys, two Golden Globes, five WGA awards and an Academy Award nomination. O'Shannon has also lectured in classes at UCLA, USC, and taught a course on writing at Cleveland State University, where he holds an honorary doctorate.
Public programs are made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.
Generous support is also provided by Hammer Members; Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy; Bronya and Andrew Galef; Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley; and an anonymous donor.