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War Stories from M*A*S*H Series Creator

“An Evening with Larry Gelbart” at UCR Palm Desert

M*A*S*H series creator tells tales from his legendary life in comedy

(November 21, 2006)

Larry Gelbart

Larry Gelbart

Palm Desert, Calif. ( — Legendary radio, television, stage and screenwriter Larry Gelbart, will discuss his life and career in “An Evening with Larry Gelbart” at the UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center Theater on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m..

Gelbart will participate in an Inside the Actor’s Studio-style conversation with Laurie Winer, the former chief drama critic for the Los Angeles Times and theater critic for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Gelbart began his writing career while still in high school in the 1940s writing for the “Maxwell Coffee House Time with Danny Thomas” radio series. He also wrote for “Duffy’s Tavern” and “The Eddie Cantor Show.”

When he left radio, he went on to become one of the architects of what is now called the golden age of television; writing for Sid Ceasar’s “Your Show of Shows,” in the 1950s along with Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner.

In the following decades, Gelbart wrote the books for the long-running Broadway hit “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” (1962) with Burt Shevelove and Stephen Sondheim and “City of the Angeles” (1989) with Cy Coleman and David Zippel. Both musicals earned him Tony Awards.

Gelbart is perhaps best know as one of the creators of the highly acclaimed 1970s television series “M*A*S*H*. “ He produced the series and wrote some of its finest episodes before leaving after the fourth season. For his work on “M*A*S*H*” Gelbart received many awards including an Emmy, a Peabody Award and two Humanitas Awards.

Tickets for this appearance cost $15 and $30 and are available now at . Also available is a special $100 package for two, which includes prime seating and invitations to a reception for Gelbart at a private home.

Anyone interested in applying to the UCR Palm Desert MFA program in creative writing and writing for the performing arts is invited to arrive at 5 p.m., discuss their application to the program with our faculty, and be the program’s guest to “An Evening with Larry Gelbart.”



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