On Tuesday, Georgetown bestowed an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree on comedian Carl Reiner at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA. Reiner was a student in the SFS in the 1940s and studied French as part of the Army Specialized Training Program.
After his time in the army, Reiner went on to pursue a career in comedy. He created the 1960s television series The Dick Van Dyke Show and was director of many movies such as The Jerk with Steve Martin in 1979 and The Man With Two Dead Brains.
He won the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2000. During his acceptance speech, Reiner cracked jokes and told stories of his time at Georgetown. One of his favorite moments was when he impersonated some of his professors during a Christmas performance at Gaston Hall.
At the ceremony, President John J. DeGioia conferred the degree and Bernard Cook, an associate dean and director of Georgetown’s Film and Media Studies, read the citation.“His genius has always been to serve the joke, the laugh, never to demand the spotlight,” reads the honorary degree citation.