The Comedy of Carol Burnett

Ira Epstein
Comedy / History

Course Description

For 11 years, beginning in 1967, Carol Burnett was the undisputed leader in television entertainment. On her long-running program for the CBS television network, The Carol Burnett Show, the multi-talented and gifted comedienne expanded and upgraded the concept of the television variety show, mixing song and dance routines, elegant costumes, and zany humor sketches in ways that appealed to a massive audience. This lecture will explore the career of this much-beloved comedienne through the use of numerous video clips.

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