As cinema evolved into the 1940s and 50s, the venerable slapstick and screwball forms of comedy were distilled in the interest of freshly minted satire.  Never afraid to poke fun at “the system”, comedians like Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Bob Hope, and Bing Crosby kept audiences laughing uproariously for decades.  The uncompromising wit of visionary directors Preston Sturges, (Sullivan’s Travels), former animator Frank Tashlin (The Girl Can’t Help It), and Billy Wilder (Some Like It Hot) demonstrated how great comedy can be both smart and silly; a much-needed breath of fresh air in changing times.  This session, with plenty of film clips, will detail why this era of comedy stands out.