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Considered one of the best all-time TV series and perhaps the most searing satire on television and within the entertainment industry at that time, Gary Shandling's The Larry Sanders Show casts Shandling as a late-night talk show host, a role he developed from being a regular guest and then a permanent guest host on The Tonight Show. As journalist Alex Pareene said: "Shandling turned down hosting a network late night show to do a brilliant cult hit sitcom about a version of himself who took the deal." Hailed by critics as comic perfection, it ran for 90 episodes from 1992 to 1998; it won 20 awards including three Emmys and two Peabodys; and it has had a profound influence on the comedy of Larry David, Ricky Gervais, and many other comedians working in television. Jeffrey Tambor as Hank, Larry's sidekick, and Rip Torn as Artie, his unflappable producer, are perfectly cast in the best roles of their careers. Another highlight is the roster of celebrity guests appearing on The Larry Sanders Show and interacting with Larry professionally and personally, including Jennifer Anniston, Jon Stewart, Elvis Costello, Wynona Ryder, Carol Burnett, Alec Baldwin, Warren Beatty, Billy Crystal, Danny DeVito, Angie Dickinson, Jeff Goldblum, Larry King, Jay Leno, Richard Lewis, Rob Lowe, Rita Moreno, Ryan O'Neal, Sean Penn, Tom Petty, Bernadette Peters, Don Rickles, Burt Reynolds, Carl and Rob Reiner, David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld, William Shatner, Sharon Stone, and many others. Each session will sample 3 of the best shows from its 6 seasons with plenty of time for a lively discussion with actor-author-filmmaker Peter Josyph.
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Peter Josyph

Peter Josyph is an author, actor, director, and filmmaker whose films include: Liberty Street: Alive at Ground Zero; Acting Cormac McCarthy: The Making of Billy Bob Thorton’s All the Pretty Horses; Shakespeare In New York: The Sonnets; and A Few Things Basquiat Did in School. His books include: Adventures in Reading Cormac McCarthy; What One Man Said to Another, Talks with Richard Seltzer; and, The Wounded River, which was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book. He also excels in literary and film criticism.

Lecture Details


2 lecture(s)
Day & Time

Thursday, 1:00 - 3:30pm

Dec 14, 2023
Dec 21, 2023