The LA Comedy Fest, in its ninth year, features film, live comedy acts and a screenplay competition — in other words, plenty of opportunity to make discoveries or be discovered. Recent bragging rights for the fest include alumnus Luke Matheny, who recently nabbed an Oscar for "God of Love," in the live action short film category. For hopefuls who want more hands-on instruction, there is also a Sunday workshop for turning your movie idea into a screenplay with William Morris Endeavor story editor Christopher Lockhart and professional screenwriter and UC Santa Barbara screenwriting instructor Cindy McCreery. Acme Comedy Hollywood, 135 N. La Brea Ave. Thurs.-May 22. See full schedule at http://www.lacomedyfest.com.