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"Swear Police," "Distraxion" and "Daryl" Among Winners at First LA Comedy Fest

COMMIE prize winner Bobcat Goldthwait with Tom Kenny at the recent L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival. Image courtesy of the event.

The L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival closed out its four-day event over the weekend with Joe Wilson's "The Swear Police" taking the "Atomic Wedgie Best Comedy Shortie-Short" prized, while "Distraxion" by Mike Stern took the fest's Atom.com Best Animated Comedy Short. David McWhirter's "Daryl from OnCar," meanwhile, won the prize for best comedy short. "Captain Coulier" by Lyndon Casey received the Funny or Die Best of Fest award and Deb Hiett and Richard Kuhmam took the Atomic Wedgie Audience Prize for "A Bit of Counseling."

Additionally, the L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival feted director/writer/actor/comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, who received the very first "Commie Award" in recognition of his "comedic genius and contribution to comedy filmmaking." The award was presented by Tom Kenny, who is the voice of Spongebob Bob Square Pants and has been friends with Goldthwait since childhood.

In other prizes, Ted Farnath's "The Rock Thrower" and Austin Sheeley's "Danny Daldwell Goes to Hell" won best screenplay in the best comedy feature and best comedy short categories respectively. The closing night ceremony took place at Cinespace in Hollywood, hosted by Adam Carolla. The 1st annual LACSFF hosted 65 filmmakers from around the world.

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