Education: Heeere's the Prof...

When he was an undergraduate at the University of Southern California (class of '71), Eric Cohen was so bored by some professors that he fell asleep in class. Now he is doing his best to keep the current student body from dozing off too. In fact, Cohen, a gagwriter for Johnny Carson and NBCTV, has been hired by U.S.C. to write jokes for professors to use in their lecture courses.

Cohen's campus job—unique in academe—was the idea of U.S.C. Dean Donald Lewis, a harsh critic of the bum-bung classroom performances of many college teachers....

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