Great Performances

  • 1972
  • 18 Seasons
  • TV-PG

PBS's signature performing-arts series showcases dance, drama, comedy and music ranging from orchestral and operatic to Broadway and the blues. The Lanford Wilson drama `The Rimers of Eldritch' was its first presentation and `Brideshead Revisited' was perhaps its most famous. There have been more than 600 `Great Performances' all told. Some might have been...

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The College of Comedy with Alan King III

First Aired: February 28, 2001

“Professor” Alan King returns to the California Institute of Technology for “The College of Comedy III,” another of his seminars on the subject of “what's funny?” Larry Gelbart, Shecky Greene, Bill Maher and Rita Rudner join King for the serious (well, sort of serious) discussion. Topics include getting started in the business, audiences, political correctness and profanity. The panelists also talk about their approaches to gathering material. Rudner looks inward. One question she asks herself: “What's wrong with me and how can I tell people about it?”

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