Faculty Bios

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David LaBarca has appeared as a stand-up comic in New York City at Gotham Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, Symphony Space, and at numerous clubs across the US, Canada, Mexico, and the Virgin Islands. He was featured on Comedy Central's Stand Up Stand Up and Short Attention Span Theatre. He won a comedy award at the 1996 International Casino Talent competition in the Bahamas. His material has appeared in many publications, including Women's Own Magazine and the New York Times. He holds a BS from Baruch College.

Jim Mendrinos wrote, directed and starred in the web series Living in Exile (New Media Comedy), and he is the creator of the sitcoms MAX, King's Castle, The Yuk Hut (optioned by f/x, WB, Fox), and creator/writer for Comedy USA TV (developed by Sony Pictures). He has written numerous screenplays and appears nationwide as a stand-up comic. He is the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing (Alpha). He holds a BA from Baruch College.