Program Details

Comedy Taboo? Says Who?

Lenny Dave
Video Catch-up

Course Description

For over 100 years, comedy has both shaped and reflected our changing society. What happened that so dramatically moved us from the good old days of Jack Benny, Bob Hope and Lucy into the more controversial comedians of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s such as Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, Joan Rivers, George Carlin and Richard Pryor? Similarly, what did some of our favorite comedians of yesterday say and do that would surely be targeted in today’s Cancel Culture?  Why did society come to embrace the Smothers Brothers, "Laugh In," “All in the Family," and "Blazing Saddles," even with their provocative comedy content? This nostalgic, visually engaging, and humorous trip down comedy's Memory Lane highlights some of the most memorable moments and the comedians that changed how we view the evolving world in which we live.

About the Instructor

  • Lenny Dave is a nationally recognized comedy historian, speaker, author and humorist. He informs and entertains a wide variety of active senior, synagogue, and civic audiences, and he’s been doing so for more than 30 years! Dave is the only speaker to have performed in both the Red Skelton Entertainment Series and at the Oliver Hardy Festival. As a student of comedy and a professional practitioner of humor, Dave’s highly interactive programs focus on the funny people who have made us laugh for decades. In performing successful surgery on the human spirit, Dave invites his audience to recall and relive so many happy memories of a time when the best comedy was funny… and clean!  A two-time "Speaker of the Year" nominee, Dave is co-author of "Infinite Inspirations" and "Let Your Leadership Speak." His credentials also include a two-year term as (international) president of the Association for Applied & Therapeutic Humor.