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The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, April 7-10

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  When I got the announcement for the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, I had to laugh. The photo/logo for the event was a swarm of photographers shooting a beerbelly fellow on the red carpet, who was wearing nothing more than raggedy cutoff shorts. Yep, sometimes it's okay to laugh at something short!
  That's the whole point of the Comedy Shorts festival, which is celebrating its third year. And let's face it, we really need some good belly laughs nowadays.
  LACSFF is touted as the largest comedy film festival in the U.S., introducing the freshest comedy talent in the industry. The four day celebration of comedic short films and the people who make them is being held from April 7 to 10. Screenings at the Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main Street, L.A.
  The festival director Jeannie Roshar says, "Some films have the power to change the world. Our films have the power to change your mood. And then once you're in a better mood, go for it on the 'world changing thing.'" I like her attitude!
  I also like the enthusiasm of the festival's co-founder and artistic director Gary Anthony Williams who says, "We've scoured the solar systems for the funniest short films ever seen-- and not seen. And we've strategically crammed them into a jam-packed 4-day weekend of unforgiving stupid-funnility. This is science, folks. Funny science." You've gotta love it!
  Among the shenanigans they'll be offering include kicking off with an opening night screening of celebrity shorts, starring the talent of Michael Cera, Kids in the Hall's Scott Thompson, Rex Lee from Entourage, and Tim Daly, along with new shorts from FunnyorDie.com. The competitive line-up features 85 short films from around the world. Filmmakers compete for more than $25,000 in cash and prizes. There are also lots of cocktail receptions and parties.
  For the events and screening schedule go to www.lacomedyshorts.com and go and support your fellow "short" filmmakers-- or go and steal a few ideas and think about entering the festival next year-- or go and just have some laughs. Lord knows we need 'em.

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