The Radio Genius of Jack Benny

Saturday, June 8, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, June 8 – 29

10 am – Noon

Led by Gwen Ihnat

Jack Benny created the situation comedy and put radio on the map, creating a legacy of timeless humor that still delights audiences today. In this seminar, we take a closer look at Benny’s special brand of radio comedy and how he was able to sustain this excellence for decades. We will also explore his crucial supporting cast, including Phil Harris, Eddie Anderson, and Mel Blanc.

Gwen Ihnat, a former editor at the Chicago History Museum, holds an M.A. from Northwestern University and has taught several Newberry seminars on old-time radio.

Materials List
Required:
Course packet, to be purchased in class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Four sessions, $135
The registration deadline has passed. To register with a $20 late fee, please call (312) 255-3700.