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      From Milton Berle to David Letterman: A History of TV Comedy in Darien

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      December 2, 2020

      Wednesday   7:00 PM

      1441 Post Road
      Darien, Connecticut 06820

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      From Milton Berle to David Letterman: A History of TV Comedy

      From the earliest days of television making people laugh was one of the central goals of TV programmers. Successful radio formats like the sitcom and the comedy/variety show moved to television in the late 1940s, joined a few years later by the medium's own innovation: the late-night comedy talk show.

      For the next seven decades, these three formats dominated the airwaves, led by brilliant comedians such as Sid Caesar, Jackie Gleason, Johnny Carson, Carol Burnett, Gilda Radner, and Jerry Seinfeld. This presentation will survey the extraordinary landscape of American TV comedy, examining how comedy changed from the vaudeville shtick of Milton Berle and the slapstick artistry of Lucille Ball, to the social satire of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and the self-reflexive absurdities of David Letterman and ‘The Simpsons’.About the Presenter

      Brian Rose, Ph.D. was a Professor of Communication and Media Studies for 38 years at Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center until his recent retirement. He has written several books on television history and cultural programming. He has conducted more than one hundred Q & As with leading directors, actors, and writers for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, The Screen Actors Guild, The British Academy of Film & Television Arts, and The Directors Guild of America.Registration Information

      Not a member of Darien Library, or need help registering? Email Adult Programming at

      This event will take place on Zoom. You will receive an email confirming your registration with a link to join the meeting an hour before the event, Tuesday, November 17th.

      Photo credit: Karolina Grabowska

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