Program Details

Comic Actors:  Laughter is the Reward - Boca Raton

Lenny Dave
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Unlike our favorite comedians who can get up in front of an audience and tell jokes for more than an hour, numerous serious actors over the decades have also made us laugh as they delivered memorable, comical performances; some in the movies, some on television, some on stage. As Mel Brooks reminds us, “Funny is in the writing, not in the performing. The actors must be serious. Only the situation must be absurd.” Cary Grant observed, “Comedy holds the greatest risk for the actor – and laughter is the reward.” In this fun, fast-paced, and highly interactive program, Lenny spotlights several great comic actors such as Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Martha Raye, Mickey Rooney, Bea Arthur, Gene Wilder, Danny Kaye, and Ethel Merman. "Terrific program, could have listened for another hour, it was so good." - OLLI Patron

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.