How Harvard Changed Comedy

Harvard Magazine Deputy Editor Craig Lambert Tells How Harvard Alumni Changed Comedy in America

Join your fellow alumni at Richmond's historic Commonwealth Club (401 W. Franklin St.) on Thursday, November 13.  Admission is FREE and all Ivy League/Seven Sister alumni and guests are welcome  

Our All-Ivy Alumni Mixer starts at 6:00pm, followed by Craig Lambert's talk at 6:45.  After the talk, those who wish to stay for dinner will walk a couple of blocks to Tarrant's Cafe at 1 W. Broad Street for dinner at 7:45.  There will be a cash bar at the Commonwealth Club and you can order off the menu at Tarrant's. RSVP's required by 5:00pm Wednesday, Nov. 12 by clicking the link below or copying and pasting it into your web browser:

Important:  The Commonwealth Club has a dress code for all occasions:  a jacket and tie for men and comparable attire for women. Thank you for observing this time-honored tradition.  Also, there is plenty of free parking behind the club.        

Lecture Description:

With many comic examples, Craig Lambert shows how Harvard comedy writers revolutionized American humor, moving it from Carol Burnett to David Letterman.  Starting with National Lampoon Magazine, a cadre of sardonic Crimson minds brought us Saturday Night Live, Animal House, Letterman, The Simpsons, Conan O'Brien, Al Franken, and much more.

Craig Lambert’s Bio:

Craig Lambert is Deputy Editor at Harvard Magazine, where he has been a staff writer and editor since 1988. His work has appeared in many publications, including Sports Illustrated, Town & Country, and the New York Times.  His book Mind Over Water: Lessons on Life from the Art of Rowing (Houghton Mifflin), a personal meditation on his experience as an oarsman, appeared in 1998.  Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, it remains in print in paperback and in German translation.  Craig received his BA from Harvard in 1969 and his Ph.D. in sociology, also from Harvard, in 1978.  

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