Comedian Stan Freberg, the Pasadena-born Boy Wonder of Satire, has rampaged through American culture with dizzying success since his start on radio back in 1944, making tonight’s retrospective/celebration, The Genius of Stan Freberg: Celebrating 70 Years of Creative Entertainment, a downright irresistible proposition. Both upstart and underdog, Freberg cut a gloriously entertaining swath across 20th-century American culture. He held his own alongside Mel Blanc on a slew of classic postwar Looney Tunes cartoons; memorably skewered pop music with his hilarious 1950s Capitol Records novelty send-ups of Johnnie Ray and Elvis Presley; created biting political satire at the feverish height of red-baiting McCarthyism and the Cold War’s frigid vortex; and did such delicious work on television with the Bob Clampett kiddie show Time for Beany that, as Freberg recalled in his 1988 memoir, Albert Einstein himself once walked out of a major conference, stating, “You will have to excuse me, gentlemen. It is time for Beany.” Harry Shearer hosts; Weird Al Yankovic is also on the bill. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Sun., Nov. 2, 7 p.m.; $15, $10 members, $13 seniors & students. (323) 466-3456, american?cinematheque?calendar.com.
Sun., Nov. 2, 7 p.m., 2014
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