Laugh Track: The Evolution of the Sitcom

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Laugh Track: The Evolution of the Sitcom

60 minutes

Free and open to the public!

Attendees will have the chance to win a one-year Film Society membership and a signed copy of Saul Austerlitz's book!

The sitcom is defined by its episodes.  Each one is a self-enclosed world, a brief overturning of the established order of the show’s universe before returning, unblemished, to the precise spot from which it began. And great shows are often defined by their truly outstanding episodes—individual installments like The Mary Tyler Moore Show’s “Chuckles Bites the Dust,” or Sex and the City’s “My Motherboard, My Self.” This event offers two classic sitcom episodes about death—one almost wholly farcical, the other disarmingly emotional. Saul Austerlitz, author of Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community, and New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum will lead a discussion after the screening about the sitcom’s past and present, and take questions from the audience.

Following the talk, Saul Austerlitz will sign copies of his book Sitcom: A History in 24 Episodes from I Love Lucy to Community, which will also be available for sale throughout the event.

Complimentary tickets will be distributed at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center box office starting one hour prior to each event. Limit: One ticket per person. Please note that while tickets will not be distributed until one hour prior to each event, the line may form in advance of this time.

Series: Film Society Free Talks

Venue: Film Center Amphitheater

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