The Not So Straight Path to Hollywood: A Conversation with Alumni Fellow Scott Icenogle

Oct 16, 2019

03:00 PM

Becker Communication Studies Building, 101

25 South Madison Street, Iowa City, IA 52245

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Scott Icenogle

Scott Icenogle (BA Communication Studies '91), a 2019 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Fellow, is the Music Composer for the television shows "Will & Grace" (NBC) and "The History of Comedy" (CNN).

Mr. Icenogle will be in conversation with Professor of Communication Studies Kembrew McLeod as they discuss his "not so straight path to Hollywood." The public is welcome, and tickets are not required.

While a student at Iowa, Mr. Icenogle—a Communication Studies major—spent a great deal of time in the School of Music, as the Hawkeye Marching Band was a passion for him. After graduating, he moved to New York City and worked for ABC Television. He worked his way up the ladder over the course of a decade and eventually transferred to Los Angeles. He never gave up his interest in music, however, and started to mix and compose music during his spare time.

He gradually had a number of pieces purchased and eventually became a DJ at clubs. When Mr. Icenogle was hired as a DJ for the Ellen DeGeneres Show, he was able to fully pursue music composition and left ABC. He now composes for television full time.

He is known for his work on "Will & Grace," "The History of Comedy," and "Lazy Susan." In 2018, he and his husband, actor Sean Hayes, published a Nutcracker-inspired Christmas book for children, titled Plum, which was published by Simon and Schuster.

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