HIH had the pleasure to attend the Los Angeles Comedy Shorts Festival over the weekend. The third annual event, a four-day celebration of comedic short films, came to a fabulous end at Elevate Lounge in Downtown Los Angeles. Pudgy Speedo models. Free vodka. And Bollywood temptresses. What was not to love?
Hosted by funnyman Carlos Alazraqui, the festival celebrated the hilariously talented Wendi McLendon-Covey, who received the 3nd Annual Commie Award. Also joining in the festivities and mingling throughout the lush lounge 21 stories above downtown L.A. were Aisha Tyler (Archer), Judy Tenuta (comedian), Laraine Newman (SNL), Lynne Stewart (Pee Wee’s Playhouse), Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers), HIH alum Rex Lee (Entourage), Maurice LaMarche (Futurama) and David Higgins (Malcolm in the Middle).
Awards were handed out to the winning filmmakers and screenwriters who competed for over $30,000 in cash and prizes in the following categories: The Funny or Die Best-of-Fest Grand Prize, Atom.com Best Comedy Short Film (30 minutes or less), Atomic Wedgie Best Comedy ‘Shortie’ Short (5 minutes or less) and Atom.com Best Animated Comedy Short (30 minutes or less), as well as the Elevate Best Student Short and the State Tax Credit Exchange Audience Choice Award.