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EPICS Moderated Panel | "The Goldbergs" - Behind the Scenes of a Hollywood Sitcom

When: Friday, November 22, 2019
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Central

Where: Annie May Swift Hall, 1920 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free.

Contact: Holly Allen   (847) 491-5010

Group: SOC - Office of External Programs, Internships, & Career Services (EPICS)

Category: Lectures & Meetings, Academic, Fine Arts


The ABC sitcom THE GOLDBERGS premiered in 2013 and is currently in its seventh season. We’ll go behind the scenes of the hit sitcom with showrunner Alex Barnow (NU alum '95) and actor Jeff Garlin (Murray Goldberg) as they discuss the business of being funny on a weekly half-hour TV show. The panel will be moderated by RTVF Senior Lecturer Erik Gernand and will conclude with questions from the student audience. The panel is free and open to any SoC student.

Alex Barnow is currently the executive producer and showrunner of the long-running ABC series THE GOLDBERGS starring Jeff Garlin and Wendy McLendon-Covey.  Prior to that, he wrote for a number of sit-coms including Fox’s FAMILY GUY and the ABC series MR. SUNSHINE, starring Matthew Perry and Allison Janney, which he also created. Among his film credits, Barnow wrote SHAFT starring Samuel Jackson and WHITE GUY PROBLEMS to star Ice Cube, for MGM. He is also on tap to adapt the iconic children’s board game “Candyland” for Paramount. Barnow is a graduate of Northwestern University. 

Jeff Garlin’s talent encompasses writing, producing, directing, acting and performing stand-up comedy. He can currently be seen as the patriarch “Murray Goldberg” on ABC’s THE GOLDBERGS, which is in its seventh season and is best known as the executive producer and co-star of the critically acclaimed CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, which will soon return for a highly anticipated tenth season. Garlin’s new Netflix stand-up special, JEFF GARLIN: OUR MAN IN CHICAGO will launch globally on November 12 on the platform. Filmed in his hometown, Chicago and on the 37th anniversary - to the day - of his comedy debut, the one-hour special is ripe with Garlin’s signature blend of storytelling and improv.

Erik Gernandis a writer and filmmaker. He’s a senior lecturer in Radio-TV-Film and is the faculty adviser for the production portion of the Sitcom Sequence.

This event is open to School of Communication undergraduates, graduate students, PhD candidates, and alumni. 

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