Sid Caesar: Pioneer of Television Comedy
Ira Epstein

EVENT DESCRIPTION: Sid Caesar was the star and guiding force behind Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour, two of the most innovative programs in the Golden Age of Television. He was a master, not only of comedic performance, but also of developing characters that the audience could relate to, finding the humor in ordinary situations rather than through vaudeville-type gags. His shows brought together some of the greatest comic talent of the day, including Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, and Howard Morris. Many prominent writers got their start writing the skits, including Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Mel Tolkin, and Larry Gelbart. Sid Caesar's everyday humor set the standard during television's pioneering age. His style of comedy is still as fresh, funny and family friendly today as it was sixty years ago. This lecture will highlight some of his show's most memorable skits and examine the creative process that brought them to light.

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, C.U.N.Y 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 70's as part of a UJA program.  Most recently he has been lecturing to adults on comedy and music and the music of Israel and he continues to speak at synagogues, senior centers, JCC’s, libraries, and elderhostels 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.

Time: 4:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $20 per event
$50 for any combination of three events
$100 for any combination of seven events
Door price member/non-member - $25