Rob Schrab

MIAD Alum and Emmy Winner Wants you to ‘Embrace the Dumb’

Listen to the co-creator of the ‘Sarah Silverman Program’ talk about finding creative and commercial success.

You may not know his name, but you’ve seen his work. Rob Schrab, a Wisconsin Native and 1992 graduate of MIAD, has amassed a slew of achievements small and large over the 20 years he’s spent in Hollywood.

For starters, Schrab wrote the Oscar-nominated film Monster House; co-created the Sarah Silverman Program for Comedy Central; and directed episodes of Parks and Recreation, Community and The Mindy Project. He also co-wrote the Emmy-winning musical number that Hugh Jackman sang and danced his way through at the 81st Academy Awards and – perhaps most importantly – conceptualized the brainwashing sequence in Zoolander.

Rob Schrab
Rob Schrab

All that, and he’s coming to the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design on November 15, to share some of his hard-earned wisdom with Wisconsinites. While at MIAD, he’ll discuss his creative process and show clips of his work before fielding questions from attendees.

The title of the program, “Embrace the Dumb: The Rob Schrab Experience,” also suggests that he’ll talk at length about learning to embrace failure, and letting stupid mistakes turn into happy accidents. “You’ve got to go through difficult things,” he says. “It’s what shapes you.”

“People are going to tell you not to choose art as a career and that you should consider something more realistic,” he adds. “These people are wrong. The life of a professional artist is difficult, but what job isn’t? If it were easy, it would be boring, and who wants that?”

The latest addition to the school’s ongoing Creativity Series, the event is part of a three-day, on-campus residency – during which Schrab will work directly with many MIAD students. His talk takes place at 6 p.m., at MIAD’s 4th Floor Raw Space, 273 E. Erie Street.

The event is free and open to the public.



Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.