First things first: One of the best kept secrets in today’s jazz world is not a very well-kept secret anymore. Nor should it be. In fact, the Sant Andreu Jazz Band, which has been celebrating its 15th year in 2021, has become known among European jazz fans (and those in…

As of this writing, we’re about a year shy of the 40th anniversary of this outstanding 1982 album, but we’re also about to see the release of The Nightfly Live by Donald Fagan and his current line-up of Steely Dan personnel. …

The shock and horror of the 9/11 terrorist attack twenty years ago still preys on the collective memory of those who witnessed the events of that day, either in person or watching on live TV. …

Another Olympiad is upon us — this time from Tokyo, after a year’s delay due to the Covid pandemic. It could very well be the most bizarre Olympic Games yet, as athletes from all over the world will partake in opening and closing ceremonies, and compete for medals and world…

This week marks the 60th anniversary of the first in-flight movie shown on a domestic airline, which helped make long, cross-continental trips a little more tolerable (depending on the movie, of course).

The history of jet airplane transportation is a fascinating one. The arrival and immediate popularity of jet service…

The Office, a modern sitcom classic co-created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (and starring Gervais), premiered on the BBC July 9, 2001. Its comedy was of a nature that required the viewer’s undivided attention, especially for its quieter conversations and other subtle comic nuances. In fact, it almost doesn’t…

This year marks the 80th anniversary of one of the classic film comedies of all time, Abbott & Costello’s Buck Privates. It deserves to be remembered — even praised — for a number of reasons.

It was the first of Hollywood’s wartime musical comedies. Filming began in late 1940, taking…

In honor of Mother’s Day, I humbly offer this tribute to my favorite — and funniest — sitcom moms since the turn of the 21st century.

Sitcom moms from television’s earlier decades (or “Golden Age” if you insist), are celebrated for reasons that are becoming increasingly difficult to fathom with…

“Fawlty Towers” pays homage to the Germans.

There have been several occasions in which a British sitcom develops such a sterling reputation in Britain, and perhaps in the states as well, that an American producer or network will attempt to recreate that success with an American version of the show. The odds against success are great. …

“The future ain’t what it used to be — and what’s more, it never was.”

Even the great folk singer-songwriter Lee Hayes may not have fully appreciated the true wisdom of his bon mot — at least where predicting the future is concerned. And, now that we’re saying good-bye and…

Garry Berman

Pop Culture historian, Freelance Writer, Author, specializing in American comedy history in films, radio, and TV. Beatles and jazz enthusiast, animal lover.

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