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The Sitcom Evolution: Television as a Force for Social Change, Saturday April 12 8 pm

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Relationships between straight and gay friends, obsessions about beauty, unorthodox workplace practices: What makes us laugh or cry and why.    

Join us for a provocative conversation about Hollywood hits and more.

Five-time Emmy nominated Tracy Poust, lead writer behind Will & Grace and this season’s The Crazy Ones, in conversation with Oregonian columnist David Sarasohn.

Saturday April 12, 8 pm
Wieden + Kennedy Atrium
224 NW 13th Avenue
Portland, Oregon [ Map ]

Tickets:   $12 General admission ⁄ $8 Members & students


Tracy Poust

Tracy Poust discovered quickly that she was not cut out to be a waitress.  Still good came of her stint at New York City’s Symphony Cafe; it was there she met fellow waiter and soon-to-be longtime writing partner, Jon Kinnally who convinced her that writing for drag queens would somehow help her career. Their comedy group Loud Blouse, performed in acclaimed New York City venues such as The Kitchen, PS 122, and La MaMa.

The time put in to gay theater did pay off when they landed their first television job on the sitcom Will & Grace.  Somehow, they didn’t get fired — though they kept their catering gigs for the first season just in case — and ultimately went on to become executive producers in the final season.  From Will & Grace, the team went on to write and produce Ugly Betty, Love Bites, and, this past season, they ran the CBS comedy The Crazy Ones starring Robin Williams.

David Sarasohn

David Sarasohn has been writing a column for The Oregonian so long he’s not sure he can do anything else. He was a history professor before he fell into bad company and became a journalist. As a columnist, he has won a National Headliner Award, a Casey Medal for Distinguished Journalism and two Best in the West awards, and published three books on ludicrously diverse subjects. He has also watched a great deal of television, and hoped to become the Lone Ranger.

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