Monday, March 18, 2013

Hollywood Producer/Comedy Writer, MAXINE LAPIDUSS, to Host Workshop in Pittsburgh

She's a successful TV comedy writer and producer in Los Angeles ("Ellen," "Roseanne," "Home Improvement") as well as a stand-up performer and entrepreneur, but Maxine Lapiduss remains a Pittsburgh girl at heart. On Thursday, she will be at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland to judge Campus Superstar, the talent competition for college students sponsored by Hillel Jewish University Center ( She has judged the event before, but this year's edition is especially meaningful to her as it honors Ellen Weiss Kander, her best friend from childhood, who died in June. Ms. Kander was a chair of the Superstar event and co-founder, with Ms. Lapiduss and Carl Kurlander, of Steeltown Entertainment, dedicated to making show business a mainstay of the Pittsburgh economy.
Also while in town, on March 23 and 24, she will offer branding workshops for small-business owners, artists and entrepreneurs. "I show people how to find what's unique about them and figure out how to make money from it," she said. "It's a really fun day." The courses will be at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill for $250 per session. Registration is at

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