Program Details

The Four R's of Comedy: Rodney Dangerfield, Robert Klein, Rita Rudner, and Robin Williams

Ira Epstein
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Charlie Chaplin said, "A day without laughter is a day wasted." This series presents four of the best practitioners of standup comedy. Each session will explore and examine the quality of their material, their delivery, their different style and approach to comedy, their subject matter, and their ability to connect with audiences. Audiovisual material will be used extensively.


  1. Rodney Dangerfield
  2. Robert Klein
  3. Rita Rudner
  4. Robin Williams

About the Instructor

  • Ira Epstein, Ph.D., served as professor and chair 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. In addition, Epstein continues to speak at synagogues, senior centers, JCC's, libraries, Road Scholar programs and meetings of national organizations such as The National Council of Jewish Women, Hadassah and B'nai Brith. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Brooklyn College, CUNY and his doctoral degree from Fordham University.