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The Comedy of Aging
Ira Epstein

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: There may be nothing you can do about growing old, but that doesn’t mean you can’t laugh about it. This lecture examines the aging process through comedy routines of Robert Klein, Rita Rudner, Phyllis Diller, Myron Cohen, Jerry Seinfeld and others, as well as through humorous songs by Pete Seeger, Tom Lehrer, and Pam Peterson. It will also include quotations, jokes and cartoons dealing with growing old. As author Michael Pritchard remarked: “You don’t stop laughing when you grow old. You grow old when you stop laughing.”

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Ira Epstein, co-author of the Proficient Reader, served as professor and chairperson of the Communication Skills Department at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY and directed the college's Technology Learning Center. In addition to his academic life, he worked as a musician performing in the Catskills, recorded with Tayku, a Hebrew jazz/rock ensemble, taught music to children in summer camps and toured with Theodore Bikel and Herschel Bernardi in the 70s as part of a UJA program.  Most recently he has been lecturing to adults on comedy and the music of Israel. He continues to speak at synagogues, senior centers, JCC's, libraries, Road Scholar programs and at meetings of national organizations such as The National Council of Jewish Women, Hadassah and B'nai Brith.  He earned his BA and MA from Brooklyn College, CUNY and his Ph.D. from Fordham University.

WPL2014
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$120 for any combination of eight events, members only

Non-member - $35
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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