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Peter Desberg is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the area of stage fright, working with many top standup comedians who are regularly confronted with massive cases of flopsweat. After receiving his PhD from the University of Southern California, he began moonlighting as a university professor at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He has done extensive research on the psychology of humor and is a frequent consultant to business presenters on how to use
humor persuasively. In the areas of humor and stage fright, he has done many radio and television interviews and is frequently quoted in national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Psychology Today, and Cosmopolitan. For a decade he hosted a cable TV show about technology. Peter’s extensive academic research on the psychology of humor has significantly reduced the number of party invitations he has received over the years. In addition, he has authored six joke books along with sixteen other non-humorous titles. Contact Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeffrey Davis’s earliest memories are of sitting around a table at Nate ’n Al’s Delicatessen in Beverly Hills while his father and his comedy writer pals gathered over corn beef on rye and Dr. Brown’s Cream Soda, telling war stories and trying to fix third acts. Jeffrey began his own career writing jokes for Thicke of the Night. Among his credits are Love Boat, House Calls with Lynn Redgrave, Give Me a Break, Diff ’rent Strokes, Night Court, Small Wonder, and America’s Funniest People. He has had film projects developed by Bette Midler’s All Girl Productions, among others. He has also written for Discovery Channel and the National Geographic Channel, as well as a documentary on the history of presidential scandals, If These Walls Could Talk, for Weller/Grossman Productions and A&E. His play, Speed Dating 101, was published by JAC Publishing, Boston. It and other plays have been seen in New York and Los Angeles. Jeffrey holds an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is an associate professor of film and TV writing at Loyola Marymount
University in Los Angeles. When cornered, he admits to having been the chair of its screenwriting department since 2009. Contact Jeffrey at email@example.com.