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Ron A. Baham Memorial Fellowship in Comedy

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Project ended on January 01, at 10:00 AM PST
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Let’s spread joy throughout our UCLA community!

Please join the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television 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, 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. 

Ron's Story

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 during his time at UCLA. After graduating, 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 Improvement, Life'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 generosity, you can preserve and celebrate comedic storytelling so we may emerge from this significant hardship stronger than before. Together, we help students pursue their dream career in television, 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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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.


Celebrating Ron's Life

Here's to when it began! Born in 1963, Ron Baham would rest his life befriending many and inspiring others. May his years of support and friendship continue!


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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