Program Details

The Comedy of Alan King

Ira Epstein
Comedy / History
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Alan King evolved from a traditional joke-telling comedian into an astute addresser of audiences. He was a product of borscht-belt humor who rose to international renown as a man of class, smarts and boundless energy. King elevated storytelling to an art form. Over six decades, he perfected the voice of the frustrated American dealing with inefficient institutions. Known for his pointed monologues about suburbia and everyday life, King had a bold, raw wit to which people were drawn. This lecture will explore his wit and humor through 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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