My Globe colleague Mark Feeney forwarded the clip below, to remind all of us that PBS does have a sense of humor. Because, you know, sometimes we do need to be reminded.
"Next week," Feeney writes, "PBS starts broadcasting a six-hour documentary series on American comedy, 'Make ĎEm Laugh: The Funny Business of Amerca.' Billy Crystal opens each hour-long episode with a bit of shtick. In the first one, he lampoons Ken Burns. (What, you didnít know Milton Berle fought in the Civil War?) And for the final episode, he mocks that most sacred of public television sacred cows . . . fund-raising.
"Here, though, from the promo for "Make 'Em Laugh," is the truest sign that PBS doesnít take itself too serously. It's Jim Lehrer at his desk doing standup -- well, sitdown, actually. Can "MacNeil and Lehrerís Laugh-In" be next?"
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