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Jim Lehrer, Comedian

Posted by Matthew Gilbert  January 6, 2009 01:54 PM

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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 ‘Em 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 didn’t 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 doesn’t take itself too serously. It's Jim Lehrer at his desk doing standup -- well, sitdown, actually. Can "MacNeil and Lehrer’s Laugh-In" be next?"

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