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"Still Laugh-In" Tribute Honors Alumnus George Schlatter
Hosted by Larry King, "Still Laugh-In: A Toast to George Schlatter" will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, Calif.
In a unique exploration of the culture of faith, family legacies, and the entertainment industry, Pepperdine University will host a series of film screenings, panel discussions, and a library exhibit celebrating the Jewish visionaries who helped create Hollywood. Developed in collaboration with the Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture and Pepperdine University Libraries, "The Hollywood Visionaries and Beyond" series is supported by the Brenden Mann Foundation founded by Johnny Brenden, the grandson of Hollywood producer and theater magnate Ted Mann. The series will explore how the aspirations of Jewish immigrants became the celluloid dreams embraced by audiences around the world.
Kicking off the series is an evening celebration in tribute to alumnus George Schlatter, the award-winning creator and executive producer of the groundbreaking television show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Hosted by Larry King, "Still Laugh-In: A Toast to George Schlatter" will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, Calif. The tribute will serve as a benefit for the creation of the George Schlatter Comedy Collection at Pepperdine and will feature such noted entertainment legends as Lily Tomlin and Tim Conway.
"This is our chance to honor a lifetime of service—to the art of comedy and the joy of laughter," said Craig Detweiler, director of the Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture. "What's more, this evening will continue George's lifelong commitment to comedy by creating a gathering place and living laboratory at Pepperdine to learn the art of improv, and comedic writing and performance."
To register for "Still Laugh-In," please visit the event registration website.
During his career, Schlatter was nominated for 15 Emmy Awards, winning twice for Laugh-In as Outstanding Musical or Variety Program and for Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration as Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. He was also nominated for a Writers Guild of America award in 1997. Schlatter has been credited for helping to launch the careers of such entertainers as Lily Tomlin, Goldie Hawn, and Robin Williams. He was the creator and producer of the annual American Comedy Awards and the television program, Real People.
For more information about the "Hollywood Visionaries and Beyond" series, please visit the "Still Laugh-In" website. For ticket information, please visit the "Still Laugh-In" event registration website.