Our BFA in Comedic Arts is a product of Emerson’s rich history in comedy. A number of society’s modern masters have laid their foundations with us. We have established our BFA degree to reflect this legacy and continue fostering the world’s next comic legends.  

Our illustrious alumni include the following:  

  • Anthony Atamanuik, actor and writer (The President Show)
  • Megan Bradner, Vice President of Development and Production (Marvel Television)
  • Kevin Bright, producer (Friends) and founding director of Emerson Los Angeles
  • Mario Cantone, comedian, actor, and writer (Sex and the City)
  • Steven Christy, producer (BOOM! Studios)
  • Jennifer Coolidge, actress and comedian (Legally Blonde, Two Broke Girls)
  • Gonzalo Cordova, writer (Jimmy Kimmel Live!)
  • Vin Di Bona, producer (America’s Funniest Home Videos)
  • Eric Drysdale, writer (The Colbert Report)
  • Eric Falconer, producer (How I Met Your Mother, Blue Mountain State, The Sarah Silverman Program)
  • John Frink, writer (The Simpsons)
  • Noah Garfinkel, writer (New Girl, Workaholics)
  • Adam Ginivisian, agent (ICM Partners)
  • Jen Kirkman, stand-up comedian, actress, and screenwriter (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
  • Laura Kightlinger, comedian and writer (Roseanne, Will & Grace)
  • Norman Lear, producer (All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons)
  • Denis Leary, actor, comedian, producer, and writer (Rescue Me, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll)
  • Jay Leno, comedian, producer, and writer (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno)
  • Quinn Marcus, comedian and writer (Girl Code, Quinnterviews)
  • Andrea Martin, actress and comedian (SCTV, Pippin)
  • Opus Moreschi, writer (The Colbert Report)
  • Max Mutchnik, executive producer (Will & Grace)
  • Dan Perrault, creator (American Vandal)
  • Joe Randazzo, comedian and writer (The Onion)
  • Jon Rineman, writer (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon)
  • Stefani Robinson, writer (Atlanta, Man Seeking Woman)
  • Chris Romano, producer (How I Met Your Mother, Blue Mountain State, The Sarah Silverman Program)
  • Iliza Shlesinger, comedian and writer (Last Comic Standing, Separation Anxiety)
  • Henry Winkler, actor, comedian, and producer (Happy Days, Royal Pains)
  • Steven Wright, comedian and writer (Horace and Pete, Hercules)
  • Tony Yacenda, creator (American Vandal)