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Still Laugh-In: A Toast to George Schlatter Celebrates Legendary Producer and Hollywood Visionary

September 6, 2013


MALIBU, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Pepperdine University is pleased to announce an evening celebration in tribute to alumnus George Schlatter, the award-winning creator and executive producer of the ground-breaking network series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Still Laugh-In: A Toast to George Schlatter will be held on September 25, 2013 at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles hosted by the Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture and Pepperdine University Libraries. The tribute serves as a benefit for the creation of the George Schlatter Comedy Collection at Pepperdine and will feature such noted entertainment legends as Lily Tomlin, Goldie Hawn, Shirley MacLaine, JoAnne Worley, David Foster, Tim Conway, and Larry King.

"I've had the honor of working with a number of great American comics and entertainers," said Schlatter, who has been credited for helping to launch the careers of Goldie Hawn, Lily Tomlin, Robin Williams, and Ellen DeGeneres. "Yet the most rewarding part of my career has been fostering new talent. Through this partnership with Pepperdine University, I hope to support the next generation of comedic voices through workshops and programs that illustrate the art of improv, writing, and performance."

Over his 50-year entertainment career, Schlatter has helped change the face of television through such visionary network series as Laugh-In and Real People. His producing credits include presidential inaugurations as well as entertainment specials starring Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Shirley MacLaine, Sammy Davis, and Diana Ross, among others. Schlatter produced the first five Grammy Awards shows, and is the creator and producer of the annual American Comedy Awards, which aired for 15 years and recognized the contributions of comedic actors and performers. He has received numerous honors for his achievements including five Emmy Awards, winning twice for Laugh-In as Outstanding Musical or Variety Program. Most recently Schlatter and Whoopi Goldberg co-produced a special on the life of Moms Mabley, which includes interviews with Sidney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones, Tommy Smothers, Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Kathy Griffin, and many others.

"This is our chance to honor a lifetime of service--to the art of comedy and the joy of laughter," said Craig Detweiler, director of the Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture. "What's more, this evening will continue George's lifelong commitment to comedy by creating a gathering place and living laboratory at Pepperdine to nurture student talent."

The toast launches Pepperdine's Hollywood Visionaries and Beyond series, which explores the culture of faith, family legacies, and the entertainment industry and is made possible through the generous support of the Brenden Mann Foundation. A library exhibit, film screenings, and a series of panel discussions will be hosted at Pepperdine's Malibu campus throughout the Fall of 2013. A two-day forum, Women in Hollywood: Negotiating the System, sponsored by Pepperdine's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution will conclude the series on November 15.

For ticket information, please visit or please call 310-506-4115.

Media Contact: Tiffany Wright at or 310-506-4382.

About Pepperdine University

Founded in 1937, Pepperdine University is an independent, Christian university located 30 miles west of Los Angeles in scenic Malibu, California. The University enrolls approximately 7,300 students in its undergraduate school, Seaver College, its Schools of Law and Public Policy, and programs of the Graziadio School of Business and Management and Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Pepperdine is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. For more news and information about Pepperdine, visit

About the Brenden Mann Foundation

The Brenden Mann Foundation was established by theater entrepreneur Johnny Brenden, whose grandfather Ted Mann founded Mann Theatres. As a devoted philanthropist and Hollywood legend, Ted Mann contributed to a variety of charities during his lifetime through the efforts of his own family foundation. Johnny Brenden continues to build upon his grandfather's philanthropic spirit and generous heart through the Brenden Mann Foundation. Based in Las Vegas, the Brenden Mann Foundation supports numerous arts, education, health, social service and religious organizations worldwide with special emphasis in Minnesota and Southern Nevada and California. The ongoing mission of the Brenden Mann Foundation is to continue the Mann family tradition of giving back to the community and making a positive difference in the lives of others.

Pepperdine University Tiffany Wright, 310-506-4382

Source: Pepperdine University

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