Remembering Master Storyteller, Jean Shepherd: With Jerry Seinfeld

Jan 23, 2012
6:00 PM ET
New York
   

Marshall McLuhan hailed Jean Shepherd as the “first radio novelist,” but Shep was much more, notably a jazz soloist improvising irreverently on his life and times. Broadcasting on WOR from 1956 to '77, Shepherd enthralled late-night listeners on the east coast his Scheherazade-like tales with tales, all recited with exquisite detail without a script. His intimate and hilarious remembrances were also adapted into stories for Playboy, shows for public television, and the iconic A Christmas Story. One master comedian who follows in his observational tradition, Jerry Seinfeld, will talk about how Shepherd influenced his work. Friends and colleagues will also discuss how Shepherd practically invented talk radio.

Presented in association with Highlander Pictures
We are grateful for the assistance of the following who helped make this event possible: Irwin Zwilling, Jane Coleman, Fred Barzyk, Chelmsford Telemedia, Olivia Tappan, and Eugene Bergmann.

This event is part of the Robert M. Batscha University Seminar Series.

Jerry Seinfeld
Bill Carter
 

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