Jonathan Winters' A Christmas Carol

(Rochester, New York) – Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations in Jonathan Winters' A Christmas Carol airing Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 12 p.m. and again at 10 p.m. on AM 1370. This updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg also features Mimi Kennedy.

A Christmas Carol, first published in 1843, is the ageless story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s personal transformation after visits from supernatural figures. The English novella has never been out of print. Dickens’ work is credited with helping revive Christmas during the early-Victorian era, essentially transforming the holiday into a celebration of generosity, festivity, and family. Dickens’ simple use of morality as a theme in A Christmas Carol changed the holiday from a somber, religious observance to a cultural holiday focused on happiness and giving.

Winters, an accomplished American comedian, actor, and artist, began his successful career as a personality on WBNS-TV in Columbus, OH. He released many classic comedy albums beginning in the 1960s, and frequently appeared on theTonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Winters starred in over 50 films and several television features over his career. In 1999, Winters was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Many contemporary performers such as George Carlin, Bill Cosby, Robin Williams, and Conan O’Brien call Winters’ comedy a strong influence.

Pictured: Jonathan Winters


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