Event—Adult Education

Dynamic Duos: Classic Comedy Partnerships


How have comedic partnerships throughout history shaped the world of comedy as we know it today?

Photo of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello as the hosts of the television program "The Colgate Comedy Hour," ca, 1950-1955. Source: NBC Television, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Class Description

Whether over the airwaves or on the silver screen, the classic comedy genre benefited from many beloved comedic partnerships. Join film historian Annette Bochenek as she presents early comedy’s top partnerships, including Abbott & Costello, Burns & Allen, Laurel & Hardy, Martin & Lewis, and more. The class will include a multimedia presentation of photos, video clips, and captivating stories.

Dr. Annette Bochenek is an archivist, film historian, professor, and avid scholar of Hollywood’s Golden Age. She manages the “Hometowns to Hollywood” blog, in which she profiles her trips to the hometowns of classic Hollywood stars.

Materials List

No required materials or first reading.

Cost and Registration

One session, $53 ($48 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

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