Ken Burns: Director of The Civil War, The Roosevelts, Jazz, Baseball, parodied in new Lost Moon Radio sketch (VIDEO).

One Comedy Group Has the Perfect Idea for Ken Burns’ Next Project

One Comedy Group Has the Perfect Idea for Ken Burns’ Next Project

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Slate's Culture Blog
Sept. 16 2014 5:07 PM

One Comedy Group Has the Perfect Idea for Ken Burns’ Next Project

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Once, for a college history course, I huddled beneath blankets and watched Ken Burns’ nine-hour-long The Civil War in one sitting. By hour one I had memorized the famed theme of the award-winning documentary, “Ashokan Farewell.” By hour six I had, I thought, heard every possible instrumental arrangement of “Battle Cry of Freedom” and “Dixie” and seen every single way one could pan and zoom across photos. How wrong I was!

Burns’ style is now so identifiable that it seems almost as indelibly American as his subjects: Baseball, Jazz, The National Parks, Prohibition, The Central Park Five. And that, of course, is why L.A. comedy ensemble Lost Moon Radio’s new send-up of the director is so rewarding. Just in time to accompany his new television series, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, which began airing Sunday and continues through the week, the parody tackles all the tropes I loved and hated that fateful night (though Community’s classic episode Pillows and Blankets remains my favorite sly play on this PBS favorite).