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American Cinematheque To Salute Stan Freberg November 2nd in Hollywood

American Cinematheque To Salute Stan Freberg November 2nd in Hollywood

American Cinematheque at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater will
showcase the astonishing versatility of beloved humorist Stan Freberg in The
Genius of Stan Freberg: 70 Years of Creative Entertainment
on Sunday, November
2nd at 7 pm.

This special evening of tribute will be hosted by
actor-satirist Harry Shearer (“The Simpsons, “ “Le Show,” “This is Spinal Tap”)
and will feature special appearances by “Weird Al” Yankovic, Micky Dolenz,
award-winning filmmaker Bob Kurtz, animation experts Jerry Beck and Eric
Goldberg, and many other Freberg colleagues and celebrity fans.

In addition to spontaneous humor and live musical
performances, the program will present a dazzling array of favorite clips
chosen by Freberg fans, as well as rarely-seen examples of Stan’s
ground-breaking writing and performances in radio and records, television
series and specials, animated films (such as “Pete Puma” in excerpt below) and of course his hilarious TV ads. Stan
will also explore his own career and legacy in a lively exchange with his wife
and partner, Hunter Freberg.


Celebrated as much for inspiring others as for his own
creativity, Freberg has been named as an important influence by a wide range of
artists.  In addition to Harry Shearer and Al Yankovic, Freberg is revered
by director Steven Spielberg (who has referred to him as his boyhood muse),
“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, and actor-comedian Billy Crystal. Perhaps the
greatest tribute to Freberg’s gifts came from another genius, Albert Einstein,
who once famously apologized for leaving a Cal Tech meeting by explaining,
“you’ll have to excuse me gentlemen, but it’s Time For Beany.”

A clip from that classic kids show, Time for Beany, is
just one of the timeless Freberg performances to be showcased on November 2.
Others include excerpts from recorded comedy classics “John and Marsha,”
“Saint George and the Dragonet,” “Banana Boat,” and “Stan Freberg Presents
The United States of America.” Also featured are rare segments from Freberg’s
television specials, “The Chung King Comedy Hour” and “The Federal Budget
Revue,” as well as Stan’s hilarious Clio-winning TV ads for Sunsweet Prunes
(featuring Sci-fi legend Ray Bradbury), Jacobson Lawn Mowers, (“Faster Than
Sheep!”), a dazzling production number for “Great American Soup,” and because
his fans demand it, The Lone Ranger and Tonto promoting “Jeno’s Pizza Rolls.”

Among his other notable achievements, Freberg is credited
with creating the word “Grammy,” and Ad Age has
dubbed him “the Father of the funny commercial.”

Information
about the evening is available at the American Cinematheque website, www.americancinemathequecalendar.com,
and advance tickets can be purchased at www.fandango.com.  Ticket prices are $15
for general admission, $13 for students, and $11 for American Cinematheque
members.

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