Program Details

Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner: "The 2000 Year Old Man"

Ira Epstein
Arts & Letters / Comedy

Course Description

Conceived in 1950 as part of their working together on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, The 2,000 Year Old Man" was a collaborative effort between Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner. Their freewheeling conversation covered such topics as the earliest known language, the discovery of women, the invention of laughter and other assorted topics. Their efforts yielded five comedy albums, television appearances with Ed Sullivan and Steve Allen, a 1975 animated television special and two books. This lecture will discuss and analyze their comic talents through the use of numerous audiovisual clips. 

About the Instructor

  • Ira Epstein, PhD, 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. 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 BA and MA from Brooklyn College, CUNY and his PhD from Fordham University.

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