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Photo by Dan Steinberg/REX/Shutterstock / Brent Forrester, seen at a screening of the Netflix comedy special "Jerry Before Seinfeld," will be at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Friday night.

Hollywood writer and producer Brent Forrester will present his "Comedy Knowledge Drop" in the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's University Center auditorium at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24.

Forrester has written or produced for hits such as "The Office," "The Simpsons" and "King of the Hill." This entertaining talk gives fans of his work, as well as aspiring writers, insight into the craft and complications of writing comedy for Hollywood.

"Brent Forrester's Comedy Knowledge Drop" is sponsored by UTC's Department of Performing Arts.

"If you are a credit roll junkie like I am, Brent Forrester is a familiar name. His name pops up as producer or writer for so many of my favorite shows," says UTC Theatre professor Steve Ray. "We are excited and honored that he is speaking to our students and our community."

If you go

* What: Brent Forrester’s Comedy Knowledge Drop

* Where: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University Center auditorium, 642 E. Fifth St.

* When: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24

* Admission: $5

* For more information: https://www.utc.edu/theatre/

Forrester won his first Emmy for writing at age 25 as a writer for "The Ben Stiller Show" in the mid '90s. He was a writer for "The Simpsons" in Seasons 5-7 and went on to be the head writer of "King of The Hill."

He wrote jokes for "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and sketches for "Mr. Show with Bob and Dave," before joining the writing staff of "The Office," where he spent seven seasons as a writer, director and co-show runner in its final season.

He is currently the head writer on "Space Force," a new comedy starring Steve Carell and John Malkovich, premiering on Netflix in 2020.

Tickets are available at the UTC Fine Arts Box Office, located in the temporary location outside Gate Two of the UTC Arena. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.utc.edu/theatre/ by clicking "Buy Tickets Here" or by calling the box office at 423-425-4269.

Tickets are free to students and faculty with a valid UTC ID, but these tickets must be reserved or picked up from the box office.

 

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