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Back Stage and SAG Foundation Tackle Comedy

Back Stage at the SAG Foundation held a serious panel on the business of comedy on June 9. The panelists were actor Oscar Nuñez ("The Office"), his manager Bruce Smith (co-owner and founder of Omnipop Talent Group), David Goldman (CEO of Comedy Time Network), stand-up comic/casting director/producer Lesley Wolff, and casting associate/stand-up comic Chris Gehrt. There were a few laughs and jokes throughout the night, but for the most part the panelists candidly shared their expertise about the comedy world. Topics included why improv training is important for actors, if you can teach someone to be funny, how important writing is to comedians, the truth about open mic nights, and how the Internet has changed the comedy world. "It separates you from being the good actor to 'I gotta have that guy,'" said Gehrt regarding those who have been trained in improv. "It makes you stand out
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