Program Details

The Comedy of Tim Conway

Ira Epstein
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Tim Conway, whose show business career spanned nearly six decades, provided generations of viewers with the gift of timeless laughter. While he appeared in film and television, he is most famously known as a sketch comedian on “The Carol Burnett Show.” Although Conway rarely took center stage, he helped turn TV shows into classics by making everyone laugh. His fast wit, improvisational skills, and the unforgettable characters he created helped him win a Golden Globe Award, six Emmys, and induction into the Comedy Hall of Fame. This lecture will trace his development through the use of numerous audiovisual clips.

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.