Advisory Board of Directors

Carl Reiner

Carl Reiner was among the most influential and innovative minds in comedy history. His Emmy- and Grammy-winning body of work includes the seminal Dick Van Dyke Show, Your Show of Shows, the 2,000 Year-Old Man albums, and films like The Jerk and Oh, God!

Carl Reiner

2018 - 2020

Lewis Black is a two-time Grammy Award-winner and New York Times bestselling author who uses his trademark style of comedic ranting to skewer anything that gets under his skin. His “Back in Black” is among the longest-running segments on The Daily Show.

Lewis Black

tiffany haddish – advisory board v2

Tiffany Haddish is an Emmy- and Grammy-winning artist whose acclaimed work has made her one of the most sought-after comedic talents worldwide. Her wide-ranging body of work includes stand-up, film, TV, albums, and a best-selling memoir.

Tiffany Haddish

Amy Poehler – Advisory Board

Amy Poehler is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and sought-after talents as an actress, writer, executive producer, and author. She has been acclaimed for her work on Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, and recently, as a film director/producer and TV producer.

Amy Poehler


W. Kamau Bell is host of the Emmy-winning docuseries  United Shades of America and the podcasts Kamau Right Now and Politically Re-Active. He is an ambassador on racial justice for the ACLU and has been nominated for multiple NAACP Image Awards.

W. Kamau Bell


George Schlatter is the creator of the landmark comedy series Laugh-In and the American Comedy Awards. He is an Emmy- and Grammy-winner who has produced everything from comedy specials to awards ceremonies to Presidential inaugurations.

George Schlatter


Laraine Newman is an original Saturday Night Live cast member who portrayed iconic characters including ‘Sheri the Valley Girl’ and ‘Connie Conehead.’ She co-founded the pioneering improvisational troupe The Groundlings and is a prolific voice-over artist.

Laraine Newman


Paula Poundstone is a stand-up comedian, a panelist on NPR’s Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me! , and the host of the weekly podcast Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone . She was the recipient of an American Comedy Award for Best Stand-Up Comic.

Paula Poundstone


Jim Gaffigan is a stand-up comedian, writer, producer, and five-time Grammy-nominee for his specials Mr. Universe, Obsessed, Cinco, Noble Ape, and Quality Time. Gaffigan executive produced The Jim Gaffigan Show with his wife, Jeannie.

Jim Gaffigan


Kelly Carlin is the author of A Carlin Home Companion, a critically acclaimed memoir about life with her father, comedy legend George Carlin. She is host of the Waking from the American Dream podcast and SiriusXM’s Kelly Carlin Show.

Kelly Carlin


Pete Docter is Chief Creative Officer at Pixar Animation Studios and the Oscar-winning director of Monsters, Inc., Up, and Inside Out. Docter was an animator, writer, or producer on films including Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, and WALL-E.

Pete Docter


Rain Pryor’s award-winning solo show, Fried Chicken and Latkes, chronicles her life growing up Black and Jewish as the daughter of comic genius, Richard Pryor. She is an actress, singer, writer, activist, motivational speaker, and mother.

Rain Pryor


Paul Feig is an Emmy-nominated actor, director, producer, and screenwriter whose credits include Bridesmaids, The Heat, Arrested Development, The Office, and Parks and Recreation. He is the creator of the seminal comedy series Freaks and Geeks.

Paul Feig


The daughter of Lenny Bruce and granddaughter of Sally Marr, Kitty Bruce is an actress, singer, and trailblazing addiction & recovery specialist who oversees the Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation, which she founded in 2008.

Kitty Bruce


Robert Klein is an Emmy-, Grammy-, and Tony-nominated comedian and actor. In 1975, he was the first comedian to appear in a live HBO concert. His albums Child of the Fifties and Mind Over Matter were both nominated for “Best Comedy Album” Grammys.

Robert Klein

Jolene Schlatter

Jolene Brand Schlatter’s multi-faceted career as an actress, model, and philanthropist has been highlighted by contri-
butions to foundational TV comedies, including collab-
oration with innovator Ernie Kovacs. She is credited as the creative force behind Laugh-In’s legendary catchphrase “Sock It to Me.”

Jolene Brand Schlatter


Violet Ramis Stiel is the author of Ghostbuster’s Daughter: Life with My Dad Harold Ramis – an account of her father’s life and legacy as a comedic writer, actor, and director. She is the mother of six and a former teacher and social worker.

Violet Ramis Stiel


Mark Russell has been a staple of public television for over 30 years, daring to joke and sing about our nation’s often-absurd political process. His syndicated videos and newspaper column have been enjoyed all over America.

Mark Russell

2018 - 2023

David Steinberg is a director of TV, film, and hundreds of commercials, as well as the executive producer of Inside Comedy. He is known for his work on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and for logging 140 appearances on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show.

David Steinberg


George Shapiro was one of comedy’s most respected managers and producers. He executive produced Seinfeld, managed comedy legend Andy Kaufman, and produced the Emmy-nominated documentary If You’re Not in The Obit, Eat Breakfast.

George Shapiro

2018 - 2022

Alan Zweibel is an Emmy-winning writer whose credits include Saturday Night Live and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show. He co-authored the Tony-winning play 700 Sundays and wrote the best-selling book Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy.

Alan Zweibel

R. Zweibel

Robin Zweibel began her TV career as an NBC Page before joining Saturday Night Live’s  production staff. She worked with Paul Shaffer and Lorne Michaels as Associate Producer for the record album Live from New York with Gilda.

Robin Zweibel


Paul Provenza is a stand-up comedian, filmmaker, actor, author, and radio personality. He is the director of the critically acclaimed film The Aristocrats, host of Showtime’s  The Green Room, and author of  ¡Satiristas!

Paul Provenza


Joan Dangerfield is the founder of The Rodney Dangerfield Institute and president of Dangerfield Entertainment. She collaborates with organizations like the Alliance for Media Arts & Culture and the International Festival & Event Association.

Joan Dangerfield


Jeff Abraham is a public relations executive who has represented some of the biggest names in comedy. He is a respected comedy historian and is the owner of one of the largest comedy album archives in the country.

Jeff Abraham


Stephen J. Morrison is the Emmy-nominated executive producer of the CNN docuseries  History of Comedy and executive producer of exhibit media for the National Comedy Center.

Stephen J. Morrison