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Palm Springs International Comedy Festival 2018

By  Cecilia Laureys

Palm Springs, CA (The Hollywood Times) 11/13/18 –

Hollywood stars shined bright for the debut of the Palm Springs International Comedy Festival awards gala on Saturday night. The first red carpet arrival was the endlessly talented award recipient Ileana Douglas, followed  moments later by ”Book Club” cast members Ed Begley Jr. and Wayne Federman; and thus, with the simultaneous arrival and the instant commencement of rapid fire camera flashes and shutters the first ever Palm Springs International Comedy Festival had officially commenced, on Nov 10, 2018.

Illeana Douglas, below, received the Festival’s “Pioneer in Comedy Award” for her Web series “Easy To Assemble.”


Recipient of the “PIONEER IN COMEDY AWARD” was presented to the accomplished Ileana Douglas, who earned the honor for establishing the first branded web series, “Easy to Assemble which ran as an internet series for four ‘seasons sponsored by IKEA. Douglas’ wrote the shows and dialogue, produced and starred in the show, which garnered acclaim, awards, and A list celebrity guest stars, such as Keanu Reeves and Jan Fonda.  The show ran for four “seasons.’ Ms. Douglas arrived at the red carpet event just a little after 6:30


The recipients of the “STANLEY KRAMER MAD WORLD AWARD“ for Best Ensemble Comedy Feature was awarded to the directors, writers, and cast of Paramount’s hit movie, “Book Club”.  There to accept the prestigious award was director /writer Bill Holderman,  co-writer Erin Simms, cast members Ed Begley Jr. and Wayne Federman, on behalf of all named in the award, including Dianne Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Don Johnson and the entire top star ensemble.

Presenting the award were PSICFA board members, actresses/producers Karen Sharpe Kramer, and Katherine Kramer, wife and daughter, respectively, of the late Stanley Kramer, legendary director and producer. Stanley Kramer, who remains the most Oscar nominated filmmaker in history, made one comedy only: the raucous and enduring 1963 movie hit “IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD, WORLD’, much of which was filmed here in Palm Springs.


The recipient of the “COMEDIAN OF THE YEAR” award was Kathy Griffin.

 The Palm Springs inaugural festival continues with events on Saturday November 16, and Sunday Nov 17, with Celebrity Comedian Q&A, Stand-up Competitions, Headliner shows and After Parties. Details related to entering the Stand-Up competitions and all times and other details can be found here:   PalmSpringsComedyFest.com


“I feel certain that this annual event will continue to prosper, grow and take its place among the most significant international film festivals, marking another milestone in the cultural life, progress and prestige of our city”

Sonny Bono at the Palm Springs resort, the Riviera, after elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Wochit/AP

Founder of the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Jan 1990 – The Hon. Sonny Bono     Former Mayor of Palm Springs





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