Lectures


Adjunct Professor & Pop Culture Historian.

From Abbott & Costello to Bob Hope & Jack Benny, Sal’s lectures are enlightening as well as entertaining.
Review his list of comedy-oriented programs currently being presented.

 

 — BUD ABBOTT: THE FORGOTTEN FUNNYMAN —

Our highly successful program, “Bud Abbott: The Forgotten Funnyman” was very well received throughout the past year. We thank you for your support and kind words.

 

Yes, the Abbott and Costello Story is still available, but in response to numerous requests from audience members and our clients we have developed several new programs exploring the subject of pop culture comedy in the 20th Century.

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— CURRENT NEWS & EVENTS —

New Comedy Programs for 2013

Comic Legends Eddie Cantor, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, George Burns, Red Skelton, and Danny Kaye were an integral part of the 20th Century’s entertainment landscape.

 

They were just a handful of gifted performers who adapted seamlessly to new opportunities, technologies and challenges. They moved effortlessly from burlesque to vaudeville to radio to television and movies.

Following in the footsteps of our Abbott and Costello retrospective, this year we are examining the careers of two American Icons in one dynamic program.

— BOB HOPE & JACK BENNY —

It’s all in the timing

Jack Benny was the acknowledged master of comedic timing.
Bob Hope was the acknowledged master of comedic timing.
Yet their comedy styles were polar opposites of one another.
Benny excelled in delivering his material with ease; he could do more with a gesture than most comedians could do with an entire monologue.


From the early days of his illustrious career Hope’s style was that of the brash, fast talking comedian. His quick wit and self-deprecating humor made Bob Hope America’s most celebrated and decorated comedian of our time. Opposite styles with one common result: they were two very funny men! Relive their lives and their humor in this entertaining examination of two of America’s most beloved Comedy Icons.

—CLASSIC TELEVISION SITCOMS REVISITED —

Comedic Throw-Down Comparing Two Classic TV Sitcoms


 All in the Family
vs
The Honeymooners

 

Funnyman Jackie Gleason was originally approached by All in the Family creator Norman Lear to portray the bigoted loud mouth Archie Bunker. Explore how both programs became ground-breaking comedy classics in two opposite directions.

— DER FÜHRER’S FACE —

Three comedians. Three films. One dictator.

An in-depth examination of how three legendary comedians create hilarious mayhem when they set out to ridicule Nazism, the Third Reich and Adolph Elizabeth Hitler.


The Great Dictator: Charlie Chaplin

 

To Be or Not To Be: Jack Benny

 

The Producers: Mel Brooks