Ron A. Baham Memorial Fellowship in Comedy

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Let’s spread joy throughout our UCLA community!

Please join the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and the UCLA chapter of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity in passing on the joy and laughs by alleviating the cost of receiving a world-class screenwriting education at UCLA TFT. The Ron Baham Memorial Fellowship in Comedy, founded in 1997 by a small group of UCLA ZBT brothers, provides annual awards to graduate screenwriting students at UCLA who show artistic merit in comedy television writing. Your support can make a difference for our next generation of comedy writers. 


Matching Gift

These extraordinary times have inspired support and friendship for our communities, truly representing the unique values of ZBT. Honoring that sentiment, Allan Mutchnik, who was Ron's ZBT Class of 1984 brother, and Nicole Mutchnik will be generously matching all gifts made to the Ron A. Baham Memorial Fellowship up to $20,000! Let us continue in this spirit, coming together in supporting one another to reach this goal!


Ron's Story

One of ZBT’s past brothers, Ron Baham, brought laughter and love to all, and remains sorely missed since he passed away. He was a dynamic, popular, talented, and charismatic soul with what many recognized as a movie star voice. Ron was also uniquely courageous in a time when it was nearly unheard of for an African American man to belong to a Jewish fraternity. His brothers are so grateful that he chose ZBT to be his home where he was respected and beloved. After graduating from UCLA, Ron began his illustrious career in the entertainment industry as a talent agent for CAA. His love of comedy would later catapult him into the role of Director of Current TV at Disney by the age of 30, overseeing production on numerous series including Home ImprovementLife's Work, Brotherly Love, Unhappily Ever After, Buddies, Empty Nest, and Blossom.


Ron's Legacy

The Ron Baham Memorial Fellowship in Comedy, established to honor his legacy and passion for sitcom television writing, supports talented students to follow in Ron’s footsteps and helps alleviate the burden of their tuition, impacting their wellbeing, fulfillment, and success through their academic journey and thereafter. A screenwriting education at TFT enables talented creatives to join the entertainment industry’s most coveted writers' rooms. 

Join in on the laughter...

Join us in celebrating Ron’s selfless compassion, laughter, and brotherhood with a charitable contribution to the Ron Baham Memorial Fellowship in Comedy to champion our TFT screenwriters. In real world terms of impact, for every ten dollars given, a student can work one less hour in a work-study job. Through your Bruin strength and generosity, you can preserve and celebrate comedic storytelling so we may emerge from this significant hardship stronger than before. Together UCLA TFT and the ZBT Class of 1984 must continue the tradition of passionate talent advancing into the entertainment industry.


Show your Blue and Gold pride and help students pursue their dream career in television.​ Together, we can continue Ron's legacy and take this award to new heights for generations to come! We hope to endow this fund so that it may provide funding in perpetuity for the next comedic voices; visit for endowment management information.

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CARES Act Donation

In 2020 only, donors who itemize when filing their tax returns can benefit from an increase in the deduction limit up to 100% of a donor’s adjusted gross income for cash gifts. Even if you don't itemize, you will be allowed to take up to a $300 charitable gift deduction to reduce your tax liability.


50 Hours Full of Joy

With a $500 gift, a student can work 50 less hours in a work-study job -- time that will instead be devoted to furthering their creative process and materializing their vision to follow in Ron's footsteps.


75 Hours Full of Laughter

With a $750 gift, a student can work 75 less hours in a work-study job -- time that will instead be devoted to furthering their creative process and materializing their vision.


Following in Ron's Footsteps

Honor Ron's talented legacy of comedic screenwriting with a gift of $1,000 and lay a path for the next writer to bring their dream to fruition.


ZBT Class of 1984

Here's to the ZBT Class of 1984! May your years of support and friendship continue! This class' steadfast unity and comradery truly represents the unique values of ZBT. Let us carry on in this spirit by coming together for Ron!


Screenwriter's Dream

With a $2,500 gift, a screenwriting student can be outfitted with all the necessary technology and screenwriting software licenses to get that script perfect to pitch to the industry.

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