The Comic Legacy of Joan Rivers

Ira Epstein
Comedy / Arts & Letters

Course Description

Known for her acerbic wit and blunt honesty, Joan Rivers was a remarkable comedian who will be remembered as the professional who helped shatter the glass ceiling for women in stand-up. Rivers knew the power of laughter and committed herself to crafting a non-stop humor-driven career. “When all is said and done and they look back at this whole sort of generation of comics, she'll be thought of as in this master-class group, not as a woman in it but as part of that amazing time in comedy," said her daughter Melissa. This presentation will explore the life and career of this comedy pioneer by means of numerous audiovisual materials.

About the Instructor

  • Ira Epstein, PhD, co-author of the Proficient Reader, 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.

Upcoming programs presented by Ira Epstein.

TypeNumberInstructorCourse TitleAdd to Cart
One-Time SPL03123 Ira Epstein The Comedy of Alan King
Thursday, March 12: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
One-Time WPL01093 Ira Epstein The Comedy of Carol Burnett
Thursday, January 9: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm