This course picks up where Part II left off. Starting with Johnny Carson taking over the Tonight Show from Jack Paar, we’ll focus on the comedy of the 1960s. We will show brief videos of the best TV and movies of the era and clips of the most popular stand-up comedians of the 1960s.

Suggested Reading: Seriously Funny: The Rebel Comedians of the 1950s and 1960s by Gerald Nachman (Pantheon, 2003), Who’s Who in Comedy: Comedians, Comics and Clowns from Vaudeville to Today’s Stand-Ups by Ronald L. Smith (Facts on File, 1992)
Philip Halpern has taught two previous OLLI courses on the history of twentieth century comedy and has been invited to take the show on the road. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Temple University, and his varied career included innkeeper, food industry executive, and president of the Lenox Chamber of Commerce.


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