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The Architect, Norman Lear: How Lear Changed Comedy and the Culture


Norman Lear in conversation with Bill Carter and Al Roker     

Co-presented with the Comedy Hall of Fame

All in the Family. Maude. Good Times. The Jeffersons. As writer, producer, director, satirist, and political activist, the legendary Norman Lear created some of the most important and influential comedy programs in television history. As President Bill Clinton said when giving him the National Medal of Arts, “He held up a mirror to American society and changed the way we look at it.” Norman Lear revolutionized the medium of television by infusing comedy with social commentary. His work created a profound sea change and ushered in the modern era of comedy, by creating such iconic characters as Archie Bunker, Maude, and J.J., in sitcoms that dealt openly with issues of race, class, sexism, politics, the women’s movement, and war, reflecting a country in turmoil.

In this evening presented by the Comedy Hall of Fame, Norman Lear will join us for a discussion that will include clips from his greatest shows, moderated by former New York Times media reporter Bill Carter and Al Roker, feature anchor on NBC’s Today show. 

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