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Contributed by Melissa Gattine on 10/21/2012
Dan O'Shannon, an executive producer and writer of the hit show Modern Family, will serve as this year's Park Distinguished Visitor. During his visit to campus, O'Shannon will give a public presentation, host a writer's workshop, and speak in various classes.
Assistant Professor Jack Powers will moderate this session and then open it up to audience questions.
About Dan O'Shannon:
He sold his first sitcom script in 1985. 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.
For the past three years, O’Shannon has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for his work on Modern Family. He has received multiple Emmy nominations for both Cheers and Fraiser, including a win for Cheers.
O’Shannon’s other work includes shows such as Jericho, Back to You, Suddenly Susan, King of Queens, and Better Off Ted.
In addition to his television success, O’Shannon recenlty published What Are You Laughing At?: A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event. O’Shannon writes about the bigger picture of comedy and why people respond the way they do, using examples from his own experiences.
About the Lecture Series:
The Park Distinguished Visitor series is sponsored by the Roy H. Park School of Communications and is made possible through the generosity of the Park Foundation. Past visitors have included Randi Zuckerberg, James Carville, Arianna Huffington, Tom Wolfe, Christiane Amanpour, Ken Burns, and Bill Moyers.
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