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In her one hour and ten minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Barbara Feldon talks about her start in dancing, music and modeling, and how that path lead her to acting. Feldon speaks about her breakout role as "99" on "Get Smart," and the illuminating experience of working with the late Don Adams. She discusses how she doesn't consider herself a comedienne or a star; Dana and Matz insist otherwise. Feldon discusses her novel "Living Along and Loving It" along with her literary inspirations and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on October 18, 2005 in New York City, NY. Additional topics covered include: Creative Influences, Dance, and Pivotal Career Moments.

2005-10-18

In his one and a half hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Leonard B. Stern talks about how the technical nature of writing comedy had always appealed to him. He then speaks about how the process of pitching is extremely hard for writers, and how he was woefully underprepared for it in his own career. Stern then expresses his disdain towards laugh tracks in TV, and how he does not like executives interfering in the creative process. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on June 1, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy and Career development.

2005-06-01

The Commencement address was delivered by Ruth Grossman, Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Emerson College. The graduate student speaker was Sara Beth Videtto, and Kersten Cheyne received the Joanne P. Lasker Graduate Program Director Award. The ceremony was held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in the afternoon.

2022-12-18

In his one hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Jack Carter fondly recollects anecdotes from his time working on shows like "Pick & Pat," "The Gary Moore Show," "The Ed Sullivan Show" and working with legendary comedians like Lucille Ball, Burns and Allen, and Bert Lahr. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on June 2, 2005 in Beverly Hills, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Career development, Pivotal Career Moments.

2005-06-02

In his three-hour interview, Kevin Bright discusses his childhood in New York City, and his father, Vaudeville comedian turned talent manager, Jackie Bright. He talks about attending Emerson College, and, after graduation, working for producers Joseph and Gilbert Cate and producing David Copperfield specials. Bright shares stories of producing the syndicated series 'Madame’s Place' and cable comedy specials, before working on the pilot of 'In Living Color.' He talks about his work on 'Dream On,' where he met Marta Kauffman and David Crane, with whom he created 'Friends.' For 'Friends,' he describes the pitching and development of the show, casting, shooting the pilot and the famous opening sequence, directing episodes, and ending the show after ten seasons. He touches on 'Veronica’s Closet,' 'Jesse,' and the 'Friends' spin-off, 'Joey' and concludes by sharing his greatest career achievements and regrets, advice to aspiring television professionals, and why he decided to return to Emerson College, where he now serves as the Founding Director of Emerson College Los Angeles. Jenni Matz conducted the interview in partnership with the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College on March 29, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: 9/11, Censorship/Standards & Practices, Classic TV Series Episodes, Comedy, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Emmy Awards, Fame and Celebrity, Historic Events and Social Change, Overcoming Adversity, Pivotal Career Moments, Pop Culture, TV Theme Songs, Television Industry, Comedy Series, and Late Night. An additional show mentioned during the interview include 'The Emmy Awards (Primetime and Daytime).'

2016-03-29

In his two-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Gary Owens (1934-2015) talks about his early career beginning on radio and later drawing a comic strip. He describes working on 'Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,' and working with that cast including Lily Tomlin and Goldie Hawn. He recounts various comedians with whom he worked in his career, including Bob Newhart, Mort Sahl, Jackie Mason, Jonathan Winters, and Tim Conway. Owens discusses comedians’ mental health, as well as heath challenges he’d faced in his later years. He concludes by speaking of the importance of imagination in comedy, and summing up his career. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on March 14, 2005 in beautiful downtown Burbank, CA. Additional topics covered include: Pop Culture, Comedy Series, Game Shows, and Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials. Other shows mentioned during the interview include 'The Gong Show' and 'McHale's Navy.'

2005-03-14

In his hour-and-a-half interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Irwin Corey (1914-2017) talks about his status as "the world’s foremost authority" and his comedy style. He discusses the then-current state of comedy on television, and the signature comedy of various performers. Corey speaks of using comedy to put across his political views, and how his comedic style developed over the years. He details some of his experiences with audiences, dealing with the business aspect of show business, and the importance of the comedian taking comedy seriously. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on April 8, 2005 in New York, NY. Additional topics covered include: Historic Events and Social Change, Television Industry, War, War on Terror, and Late Night. An additional show mentioned during the interview is 'Late Night with David Letterman.'

2005-04-08

Emerson College Southwick Recital April 27, 1991. Kenneth Crannell, Mary Burrill, Dorothy Mains Prince, Tashnyka Bowden, Frances Crowley LaShoto, Neil Davin, Steven Nelson, Vicki Harris Nelson, Elizabeth Towner Morrell, and June Hamblin Mitchell performed works by William Shakespeare, Mary Burrill, Tom Stoppard, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Carol Jin Evans, Judith Viorst, and Wendy Wasserstein.

1991-04-27

Filmmaker Henry Hampton, radio broadcaster Donald A. Thurston, television journalist Lesley Stahl, and Mayor of Boston Thomas M. Menino received honorary degrees. Henry Winkler gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts at noon.

1995-05-15

Emerson College Chairman of the Board of Trustees Peter Meade and President Jacqueline Liebergott introduce President-Elect Lee Pelton as Emerson College's 12th President. The event was held in the Cutler Majestic Theatre.

2010-09-08

Emerson College Southwick Recital April 27, 1991. Kenneth Crannell, Mary Burrill, Dorothy Mains Prince, Tashnyka Bowden, Frances Crowley LaShoto, Neil Davin, Steven Nelson, Vicki Harris Nelson, Elizabeth Towner Morrell, and June Hamblin Mitchell performed works by William Shakespeare, Mary Burrill, Tom Stoppard, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Carol Jin Evans, Judith Viorst, and Wendy Wasserstein.

1991-04-27

Emmy Award winner Max Mutchnick, actress and choreographer Debbie Allen, poet and playwright Rita Dove, and philanthropist Eugene M. Lang received honorary degrees. Max Mutchnick gave the undergraduate address. The ceremony was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the morning, this is the first time the ceremony was held at this venue.

2013-05-12

Rosie's Place founder Kip Tiernan and children's book author and illustrator Tomie dePaola received honorary degrees. Kip Tiernan gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts in the morning.

1999-05-17

In his hour-and-a-half interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Lewis Black talks about his early interest in drama, and what made him decide to be a comedian. He speaks of developing his routine, and crafting his comedic persona that 'The Daily Show' audiences would eventually come to know. Black speaks of anger in comedy, as well as politics, and if comedy can be learned. He discusses the business of show business, and the importance of cultivating longevity in a comedy career. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on October 19, 2005 in New York, NY. Additional topics covered include: Fame and Celebrity, Pop Culture, Television Industry, and Talk Shows. An additional show mentioned during the interview is 'The Steve Allen Show' (1956-61).

2005-10-19

In his hour-and-a-half interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Lewis Black talks about his early interest in drama, and what made him decide to be a comedian. He speaks of developing his routine, and crafting his comedic persona that 'The Daily Show' audiences would eventually come to know. Black speaks of anger in comedy, as well as politics, and if comedy can be learned. He discusses the business of show business, and the importance of cultivating longevity in a comedy career. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on October 19, 2005 in New York, NY. Additional topics covered include: Fame and Celebrity, Pop Culture, Television Industry, and Talk Shows. An additional show mentioned during the interview is 'The Steve Allen Show' (1956-61).

2005-10-19

In his one-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Jack Riley (1924-2016) talks about his early years and performing sketches in college. He recalls his first job in television, as a writer for 'The Don Rickles Show,' and how he has dealt with managers and agents over his career. He discusses stints acting on 'The Joey Bishop Show,' 'Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,' and his friendship with Don Adams’ brother Dick Yarmy, which led to the creation of the "Yarmy’s Army" group of friends. Riley recounts playing the memorable character of "Elliott Carlin" on several episodes of 'The Bob Newhart Show,' as well as working with Newhart over the years. He details the many who have influenced his acting and comedy, including people like Jackie Gleason and Jonathan Winters. He concludes by playing a few of his comedic song compositions. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on February 14, 2007 in Hollywood, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Characters & Catchphrases, Pop Culture, Television Industry, Comedy Series, and Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials. An additional show mentioned during the interview is 'The Joey Bishop Show (1967-69).'

2007-02-14

In his one hour and twenty minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Bruce Vilanch talks about his various gigs in comedy writing such as writing for the Academy Awards, Emmys, "The Brady Bunch Variety Hour" and the "Donny and Marie Show." He speaks on his experience working with various celebrities who hosted these award shows such as Lily Tomlin, Ellen DeGeneres, Whoopi Goldberg and many more. Vilanch fondly recalls anecdotes from his career and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on February 15, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Creative Influences, and Pivotal Career Moments.

2007-02-15

It was the first week of ZOOM and it was hard on students after having LIVE class. Thought we could sign Emerson Strong and it inspired all of us.

2020-03-26

In her two hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Jayne Meadows talks about her unconventional childhood in China on the cusp of the communist revolution, and how this set her apart once she came to America. She speaks on her start in Broadway, which eventually lead to an illustrious screen acting career in TV and film. Meadows fondly recalls anecdotes from her career, and how she met her husband Steve Allen in the business. Meadows also considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 18, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Creative Influences, Pivotal Career Moments, and Childhood and Youth.

2006-01-18

In his one-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Arte Johnson (1929-2019) talks about transitioning from doing publicity at Viking Press to show business and his first audition for "Gentleman Prefer Blondes." He recounts his first experience working with Jack Benny and working on the comedy series "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." He talks about ad-libbing and using double-talk and different dialects to create ethnic characters. He also discusses what makes a comedian, and how it's important to have a back-up career during down-turns in their show business career. Jenni Matz and Bill Dana conducted the interview on June 2, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Creative Influences and Inspiration, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, Comedy Series, Daytime/Primetime Serials, and Game Shows. Other shows mentioned during the interview include '3-2-1 Contact,' 'The Andy Griffith Show,' 'The Dick Van Dyke Show,' 'The Donna Reed Show,' 'Don’t Call me Charlie,' 'Fantasy Island,' 'The Gong Show,' 'It’s Always Jan,' 'The Jack Benny Program,' 'Knockout,' 'Lost in Space,' 'The Love Boat,' 'Mama,' 'The Partridge Family,' 'Playboy after Dark,' 'Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In,' and 'Sally.'

2005-06-02

US Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and media executive Leo Hindery, Jr. received honorary degrees. Joseph R. Biden, Jr. gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts.

2003-05-19

Author, playwright, and screenwriter Tony Kushner gave the graduate address. The ceremony was held at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in the afternoon.

2012-05-14

Actress and television producer Debbie Allen gave the graduate address. The ceremony was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the afternoon, this is the first time the ceremony was held at this venue.

2013-05-12

In his hour long interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Don Knotts talks about all the rejection he faced before getting his start in radio voicing characters and eventually in comedy on TV and film. He fondly reminisces working with comedy legends like Steve Allen, Jack Benny and Andy Griffith. He shares his advice to young people, that it's important to keep your eyes on the prize even if the going gets tough, and considers the question "was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on March 9, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy and Pivotal Career Moments.

2005-03-09

Emerson College Southwick Recital April 27, 1991. Kenneth Crannell, Mary Burrill, Dorothy Mains Prince, Tashnyka Bowden, Frances Crowley LaShoto, Neil Davin, Steven Nelson, Vicki Harris Nelson, Elizabeth Towner Morrell, and June Hamblin Mitchell performed works by William Shakespeare, Mary Burrill, Tom Stoppard, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Carol Jin Evans, Judith Viorst, and Wendy Wasserstein.

1991-04-27

In part two of his two-part interview for the American Comedy Archives, Bill Dana (1924-2017) talks about comedians learning to deal with their environment and audiences. He describes first learning how to make people laugh, and later using comedy to disarm. He discusses evolving standards for subject matter and language in comedy, and his controversial character "Jose Jimenez" from 'The Bill Dana Show. 'Dana speaks of working with Norman Lear on writing the classic 'All in the Family' episode "Sammy’s Visit," featuring Sammy Davis, Jr., and outlines his own guest shot on 'The Golden Girls.' He sums up by talking about the need for performers to pay their dues, and he answers the question, "Was it worth it?" Jenni Matz conducted part two of the interview on June 3, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Fame and Celebrity, Pop Culture, Television Industry, Comedy Series, and Talk Shows.

2005-06-03

Children's television advocate Peggy Charren, doctor and special educator Sylvia Richardson, historian John Bernard Duff, and MPAA President Jack Valenti received honorary degrees. Jack Valenti gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at Park Plaza Castle.

1984-05-13

This was my interpretation of an assignment given in my voice class in which I was instructed to write a monologue about what I believe in. The only perimeters in filming this piece that was originally meant to be performed in a studio, was that our audience must believe us.

2020-03-20

Editor, commentator, teacher, author, and presidential advisor David Gergen and author Gish Jen received honorary degrees. David Gergen gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts in the afternoon.

2004-05-17

In his hour and a half long interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Bill Persky talks about how growing up during the Depression taught him that laughter is the greatest painkiller. He talks about working on shows like "Kate and Allie," "That Girl," and "Working it Out." Persky advises that young students and performers should prioritize being themselves, and to always have a sense of humor about themselves. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on April 8, 2005 in New York City, NY. Additional topics covered include: Comedy and Pivotal Career Moments.

2005-04-08

During the second half of her interview with Jenni Matz, Margaret Cho touches: On her VH1 show 'The Cho Show'; on playing "Teri Lee" on 'Drop Dead Diva' and her love of procedurals; on shooting 'Drop Dead Diva' in Peachtree City and moving to Atlanta; on why 'Drop Dead Diva' was successful and on 'Drop Dead Diva' tackling body issues head on; on her guest roles on '30 Rock' and on being nominated for an Emmy; on playing a North Korean general on the 72nd Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, and on criticism of the character. On Eddie Huang approaching her to discuss 'Fresh Off the Boat' since she had previously navigated a show starring an Asian-American family on U.S. primetime television; on what had changed in the culture between the time of 'All-American Girl' and 'Fresh Off the Boat'; on the legacy of 'All-American Girl'; on playing Ken Jeong's sister on 'Dr. Ken' and on knowing Ken Jeong for decades; on Ken Jeong not guessing her identity on 'The Masked Singer'; on hosting 'All About Sex' on TLC; on reuniting with 'Jerry Seinfeld on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'; on a comment by Bobby Lee on the Virginia Tech shooting and humanizing an inhumane act. On her time co-hosting 'Fashion Police'; on playing a villain on an episode of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'; on what the COVID-19 pandemic experience has been like for her; on the violence against Asian-Americans during the pandemic and on the many streaming services she's been watching; on doing remote shows and connecting with fans during the COVID-19 pandemic; on what production has been like during the COVID-19 pandemic. On her podcast; on the progress television has made in Asian-American representation in front of and behind the camera; on being a role model for Asian-American female comedians; on advice to aspiring comedians; on the value of oral histories; on her proudest professional achievement and career regrets; on what she's most looking forward to when the COVID-19 pandemic ends; on how she'd like to be remembered.

2021-06-02

Advertising executive Edward Eskandarian and newspaper editor Walter V. Robinson received honorary degrees. Edward Eskandarian gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts.

2002-05-20

In his one-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Jackie Mason talks about where his comedy comes from, and the process of building his act. He describes his start as a Catskill comedian, where he created his persona, and his first television appearance, on 'The Steve Allen Show.' He details the infamous incident where Ed Sullivan believed he’d held up his middle finger, resulting in him being off television for many years. Mason describes the business aspect of show business, and the role of agents and managers in his career. He recounts his career trajectory, including his resurgence in the 1980s with the Broadway show "Jackie Mason: The World According to Me." Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on April 7, 2005 in New York, NY. Additional topics covered include: Bloopers, Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials, and Talk Shows. An additional show mentioned during the interview is the 'Ed Sullivan Show, The AKA Toast of the Town.'

2005-04-07

In her one-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Betty White talks about her early aspirations before setting on a career in television and appearing on several early live and local Los Angeles broadcasts. She describes her first show 'Life with Elizabeth,' and becoming one of the first television stars to form her own production company with the help of producer Don Fedderson. She recounts her time playing "Sue Ann Nivens" on the classic 'Mary Tyler Moore Show,' including the famous "Chuckles Bites the Dust" episode. White discusses the importance of humor in her life, and playing "Rose Nylund" for seven seasons on 'The Golden Girls.' She speaks of her "bag of tricks" as an actress, as well as the business side of the entertainment industry. She discusses her prolific career on several game shows including 'Match Game' and 'Password.' She outlines her then-current role as "Catherine Piper" on 'Boston Legal,' and working on that show with co-star William Shatner. She concludes with some words of wisdom for aspiring television performers, and comments on her career longevity. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on March 11, 2005 at Emerson College in Boston, MA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Characters & Catchphrases, Classic TV series episodes, Comedy, Pop Culture, TV's Golden Age (1940s & '50s), Television Industry, and Comedy Series.

2005-03-11

The Commencement address was delivered by Brent Smith, Interim Dean, School of Communication, Emerson College. There were two graduate speakers Laura Bautista and Valerie Vega, and Mayra DiBetta was received the Joanne P. Lasker Graduate Program Director Award. The ceremony was held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in the afternoon.

2022-08-21

Film industry executive Sherry Lansing and chairman of The Shubert Organization Gerald Schoenfeld received honorary degrees. Sherry Lansing gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts.

2002-05-20

In his forty-five minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Hugh Hefner (1926-2017) talks about his connection to humor, and his friendships with comedians like Lenny Bruce and Don Adams. He describes having comedians on his early talk show 'Playboy’s Penthouse,' as well as breaking ground by having African-American comedian Dick Gregory perform at his clubs. He discusses the humor of "Playboy" magazine, and early contributors like Jules Feiffer. He speaks of the then-current state of censorship in media, and also touches on humor and repression, as well as fame and celebrity. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on March 9, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Civil Rights Movement, Historic Events and Social Change, Television Industry, and Talk Shows.

2005-03-09

In his two-hour Emerson Comedy Archives interview, Fred Willard talks about how he got his career started, first as a stand-up comedian, and then as a member of the Ace Trucking Company comedy troupe. He talks about developing his act, and being cast as "Jerry Hubbard" on the cult classic show 'Fernwood 2 Night.' He gives his opinion on several comedians including Don Rickles, Shecky Greene, Jackie Mason, and Lenny Bruce, as well as the rise of "blue" humor, and political correctness in comedy. He recalls appearing on several talk shows, including 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,' 'The Mike Douglas Show,' and others. He discusses his level of fame, and going out on auditions. He concludes with advice to aspiring comedians, and summing up his career. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on June 7, 2005, in Encino, California. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, Comedy Series, Late Night, Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials. Other shows mentioned during the interview include the 'Ed Sullivan Show: The AKA Toast of the Town,' 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' and 'Frasier.'

2005-06-07

A documentary about the history of the Piano Row District of Boston, MA. 

2018

Introduction and inauguration ceremonies for Emerson College's twelfth President, Dr. M. Lee Pelton; and introduction ceremony for the thirteenth President, Dr. Jay M. Bernhardt.

2010-09-08 - 2023-01-25

During the first hour of her interview with Jenni Matz, Margaret Cho touches: On where she's calling in from; on her name at birth; on when she started to go by the name "Margaret"; on her parents and growing up in San Francisco around her parents' bookstore; on watching television as a kid; on her parents wanting her to be Americanized; on her interests growing up. On what drew her to comedy and what she enjoys about performing; on her first time on stage; on what she learns from bombing on stage; on imitating her mother in her act; on opening for Jerry Seinfeld and the doors that opened for her; on being inspired by Janeane Garofolo; on how her act developed. On her early guest roles on television; on her role in the TV movie/pilot 'Move the Crowd'; on how 'All-American Girl' came about; on the groundbreaking aspects and criticism of the show; on how she learned that 'All-American Girl' was cancelled and how that motivated her to go do comedy "for real" with stand-up. On her first comedy show/special after 'All-American Girl', 'I'm The One That I Want', and how comedy helped her at that time; on the craft of comedy and her writing process; on her comedic influences; on getting to work with her mentors; on advice from other comedians that she's taken to heart; on balancing serious topics and humor in her comedy; on cancel culture and on whether she's ever felt restricted in her comedy; on the role of comedy in today's political climate; on John Oliver and whether or not comedians should deliver the news.

2021-06-02

In his two-and-a-half hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Chuck McCann (1934-2018) talks about his early life, and seeing many performers on stage as a child, including Danny Thomas and Abbott and Costello, due to his father being a musician. He speaks of his early television work, including 'The Rootie Kazootie Club,' 'The Sandy Becker Show,' and 'Today,' which led to him hosting his own local children’s show on WPIX in New York City. McCann recalls his friendships with many luminaries, including Jerry Lewis, Stan Laurel, Mae West, Ernie Kovacs, and Steve Allen. He discusses the power of laughter to make us heal, and the then-current state of comedy. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on February 13, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Bloopers, Comedy-Variety, and TV's Golden Age (1940s & '50s), Technological Innovation, Television Industry, Children's Programming, News and Documentary, and Talk Shows. Other shows mentioned during the interview include 'Captain Kangaroo' and 'The Steve Allen Show' (1956-61).

2007-02-13

In her two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Diane English discusses her upbringing in Buffalo, New York, where she first worked as an English and drama teacher before moving to New York City to pursue a career in playwriting. She describes how she instead landed her first industry job at public television station WNET, and began writing for the small screen --penning PBS' first television movie, 'The Lathe of Heaven.' English outlines her first forays into half-hour comedies as a writer for 'Foley Square' and for 'My Sister Sam,' and speaks at length on the creation and production of her hit series, 'Murphy Brown.' She divulges which actress she asked to play "Murphy Brown" before Candice Bergen won the role, and sheds light on the infamous debate on single-motherhood sparked by then Vice President, Dan Quayle. She chronicles the formation of her production company, Shukovsky/English, with husband Joel Shukovsky, and details her film and television work ('The Women,' 'Love & War,' 'Ink') since 'Murphy Brown' went off the air. Jenni Matz conducted the interview in a joint venture with The American Comedy Archives (at Emerson College) in North Hollywood, CA on February 8, 2007. Additional topics covered include: Creative Influences and Inspiration, Characters & Catchphrases, Diversity in Television, Women, Emmy Awards, and Comedy Series. Other shows mentioned during the interview include 'Double Rush,' 'Her Life as a Man,' and 'Living in Captivity.'

2007-02-08

In his one-and-a-half hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Jamie Masada talks about how he came to found the Laugh Factory, and Richard Pryor being the first comedian to take the stage there in 1979. He describes figuring out the business of owning a comedy club in Los Angeles, and the challenge of booking comedians when it first opened. He discusses a few controversies that have popped up at the Laugh Factory, including 'Seinfeld’s' Michael Richards using a racial slur, and Carlos Mencia stealing jokes. Masada recalls many incidents of the healing power of laughter at his club, including shows done after 9/11, and holding a memorial for Richard Pryor on the evening of his death. He concludes by discussing his comedy camp for underprivileged kids, and the then-future of comedy. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on February 19, 2007 at the Laugh Factory on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: 9/11, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Historic Events and Social Change, Pivotal Career Moments, and Comedy Series. An additional show mentioned during the interview is 'Comic Strip Live.'

2007-02-19

WE BREATHE AS ONE is an original song/video, an anthem for today and tomorrow. It is a call for unity and an offer of hope during these difficult times...

2020-09-20

A promotional film for students about the family-centered services and programs at the Robbins Speech, Language and Hearing Center.

2015-10-06

Filmmaker Spike Lee received an honorary degree and gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts in the morning.

1997-05-19

In his two hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Jonathan Winters reminisces moments from his career as a stand up comedian, starting at the Blue Angel nightclub which led to him performing on the "Jack Paar Show," "The Steve Allen Show," and The "Tonight Show." He shares his experiences working with comedians like Jack Paar, Steve Allen, Caroll Burnett and more. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on March 14, 2005 in Santa Barbara, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Career development, Pivotal Career Moments.

2005-03-14

In his one-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Norman Lear talks about his early years at Emerson College, his time in the television business and recalls some significant lessons and memories throughout his career. He talks in depth about the healing power of laughter and about how comedy is an excellent vehicle for social change. He recalls some of his career highs and lows, and talks about his experience working on shows such as "All in the Family," "Colgate Comedy Hour" and "The Martha Raye Show." He also gives advice on how to maintain creative integrity in the business savvy television industry, and the rarity of true talent. Lear speaks about how a sense of humor can be sharpened but not acquired, and talks about how he gets inspiration for the comedy in his shows and characters. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on May 26, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, Comedy Series, and Personal Anecdotes About Career.

2005-05-26

This video was created for my final project in Ken Cheeseman's Acting for the Camera class. It is made up of footage I took leaving my 3 week quarantine in Boston, briefly stopping at my grandparents' house in Delaware, and finally arriving home in Chesterfield, VA where I am now. The project was inspired by the limitations I have experienced in learning how to create film and most notably the restrictions on movement given the circumstances of quarantine.

2020-04-27

Films produced by Emerson College's Media, Technologies and Production Department, including documentaries and promotional films and footage of Emerson College events.

2012 - 2018

The Graduate ceremony address was delivered by Kimberly McLarin, Interim Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, and the graduate student speaker was Drew Genova. The ceremony was held at the Paramount Center at Emerson College in the afternoon.

2022-05-07

In his two hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Dick Cavett talks about the wisdoms and anecdotes he's gathered over his long career in comedy. He talks about how depression and comedy go hand in hand, and how every performer puts on "the mask of sanity" before getting on stage. He also speaks of the Pagliacci Syndrome, which also draws links between depression and comedians. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on February 23, 2005 in New York City, NY. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Creative Influences, Pivotal Career Moments and Depression.

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In his two hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Howard Storm shares anecdotes and wisdoms from his time directing shows such as "Rhoda," "Mork and Mindy," and "Laverne and Shirley." He shares his philosophy on comedy; that comedy is purely instinctual and being a little crazy is necessary for the art. He says that comedy needs practice and passion to truly work, and considers the question "was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on June 1, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Creative Influences, Pivotal Career Moments and Television Comedies.

2005-06-01

Television producer and Emerson College Trustee Vincent J. DiBona; actor James Earl Jones; television executive Kay Koplovitz; environmental advocate and Emerson College Trustee Eckardt C. Beck; and businessman Enrique Senior received honorary degrees. James Earl Jones gave the commencement address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts at noon.

1994-05-16

The film, A Prayer for Protection, is a personal response to the first few weeks of the coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts. It is my response to coping with the anxiety and fear around me through the use of prayer. I put to music a protection prayer taken from Prayers and Meditations, section 19, by Baha’u’llah, to narrate the story.

2020-04-30

In his two hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Peter Marshall reminisces moments from his career as a stand up comedian, television host and actor. He recalls anecdotes from working with Tom Poston, with whom he was in a comedic duo, and others like Shecky Greene, Steve Allen, Milton Berle and more. He also shares his experiences working on shows such as "Hollywood Squares," "The Ed Sullivan Show," "The Gary Moore Show" and many more. Marshall shares that humor can be a survival mechanism for him, and finds that humor is what got him through his darkest times. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on March 15, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Humor, Career development, Pivotal Career Moments.

2005-03-15

In his one-and-a-half hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Hal Kanter (1918-2011) talks about how he got his start in comedy, writing for Eddie Cantor, as well as early radio shows he worked on. He discusses learning to write comedy, how to write for comedians’ voices, and structure jokes. He recalls creating the groundbreaking series 'Julia,' starring Diahann Carroll, and writing for 'The Danny Kaye Show.' Kanter speaks of dealing with several agents and managers in his career, and talks about how the industry has changed since he started. He gives advice to aspiring comedy writers, and concludes by discussing his role in the Pacific Pioneers Broadcasters Group. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on June 6, 2005 in Beverly Hills, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Censorship/Standards & Practices, Television Industry, Comedy Series, Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials.

2005-06-06

In his one-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Budd Friedman talks about opening his comedy club, the Improv in New York City, and discovering Andy Kaufman. He recalls several luminaires who worked at his club, including Bette Midler, Milton Berle, Eddie Murphy, Steven Wright, and Chris Rock. He discusses what it takes for young comedians to make it as a stand-up comedian, and the challenge of finding wider audiences. Friedman describes what he feels is the then-current state of comedy, and speculates where it might go in the then-future. He concludes with one of his favorite jokes. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 25, 2006 at the Improv on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Television Industry, Comedy Clubs, Comedians, and Performers.

2006-01-25

In his one hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Norm Crosby reminisces about leaving his successful commercial artist career to become a comedian and how he developed his comedic hook using malapropisms. He believes having a comedic hook is the key to having a successful comedy career. He also discusses how he preformed the same act but would tweak it to make it unique for each city and venue he was performing in. He also discusses the importance of not offending the audience with your act and being a "good person" off-stage. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 19, 2006 in Hollywood, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Career development, and Pivotal Career Moments.

2006-01-19

In his hour and a half long interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Bill Persky talks about how growing up during the Depression taught him that laughter is the greatest painkiller. He talks about working on shows like "Kate and Allie," "That Girl," and "Working it Out." Persky advises that young students and performers should prioritize being themselves, and to always have a sense of humor about themselves. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on April 8, 2005 in New York City, NY. Additional topics covered include: Comedy and Pivotal Career Moments.

2005-04-08

Adorable pets organized a zoom call with approximately 80 Emerson staff members

2020-04-02

Healthcare pioneer Henry W. Foster, Jr. gave the keynote address. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts.

1996-05-12

In his half-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Vin Di Bona talks about his early years, and his first break as a producer/director in Boston. He describes how he ended up producing "America's Funniest Home Videos," and why the show is so widely beloved across the generations. Di Bona also discusses the importance of being acquainted with the business side of Hollywood, and the value of hard work, nepotism and networking and luck in one's career. He speaks of the challenges of being a producer in the television industry. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 19, 2006. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, Comedy and Business.

2006-01-19

In his one-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Ed Begley, Jr. talks about being cast on 'St. Elsewhere,' and recalls his father, Ed Begley, Sr. allowing him to make the choice to be an actor. He recounts realizing he had a flair for comedy at a young age, as well as his very first acting job on 'My Three Sons.' Begley describes his early standup act with a young Michael Richards, and expounds on his philosophy of comedy, and on his style. He touches on his favorite comedians, as well as the importance of managers and agents in a comedian’s career. He outlines his long-standing environmental advocacy, and offers advice to aspiring comedians. Jenni Matz and Bill Dana conducted the interview on May 31, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, Comedy Series, Medical Dramas, and Talk Shows. Other shows mentioned during the interview include 'Maude' and 'The Steve Allen Show' (1956-61).

2005-05-31

In his one hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Dick Van Patten talks about how he got an early start in entertainment as a child theater actor in over 27 plays. He fondly recounts anecdotes from working on shows such as "Eight is Enough," "The Partners," and "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Van Patten also considers the question "was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on March 10, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Pivotal Career Moments and Television Comedies.

2005-10-03

In part two of his two-part interview for the American Comedy Archives, Bill Dana (1924-2017) talks about comedians learning to deal with their environment and audiences. He describes first learning how to make people laugh, and later using comedy to disarm. He discusses evolving standards for subject matter and language in comedy, and his controversial character "Jose Jimenez" from 'The Bill Dana Show. 'Dana speaks of working with Norman Lear on writing the classic 'All in the Family' episode "Sammy’s Visit," featuring Sammy Davis, Jr., and outlines his own guest shot on 'The Golden Girls.' He sums up by talking about the need for performers to pay their dues, and he answers the question, "Was it worth it?" Jenni Matz conducted part two of the interview on June 3, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Fame and Celebrity, Pop Culture, Television Industry, Comedy Series, and Talk Shows.

2005-06-03

In his one-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Eddie Brill talks about his early years, and forming a comedy team with Denis Leary at Emerson College. He discusses teaching and learning comedy, as well as how comedians develop their voices. He describes his job as the audience warm-up guy and comedy talent booker for 'Late Show with David Letterman,' as well as his working relationship with Letterman. Brill speaks of how he deals with the business end of show business, and what he gets out of being a comedian. Jenni Matz and Bill Dana conducted the interview on October 18, 2005 in New York, NY. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Pivotal Career Moments, and Late Night.

2005-10-18

In his two-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Carl Reiner talks about his comedy, and how his humour helped him survive the ups and downs of his life, especially his time in the Army during World War II. Reiner speaks about how being funny cannot be taught, and how funny people are a product of their environment. He discusses his experiences working in radio, and speaks fondly of comedians/industry professionals he admires such as Dick Van Dyke, Steve Allen, George Shapiro, Howard West and Sarah Silverman. He advises that if you want to truly be funny, you have to draw from what's meaningful to you and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 17, 2006 in Beverly Hills, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Pivotal Career Moments and Radio.

2006-01-17

In his one hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Tim Conway talks about his turbulent start in Hollywood, even dubbing his younger self as "the dumbest guy in the business." He fondly reminisces moments from early in his career, like working on "The Steve Allen Show" and "The Carol Burnett Show." He speaks about some of the most important lessons he learned from his peers, like perseverance and respecting everyone who helps bring your vision to life. Conway advises that creating experiences for yourself is the key to being in show business, and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 18, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Creative Influences, and Pivotal Career Moments.

2006-01-18

Banker and former US Treasury official Frank Newman and sociologist Sara Lawrence Lightfoot received honorary degrees. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot gave the commencement address.

2000-05-15

In her one-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Betty White talks about her early aspirations before setting on a career in television and appearing on several early live and local Los Angeles broadcasts. She describes her first show 'Life with Elizabeth,' and becoming one of the first television stars to form her own production company with the help of producer Don Fedderson. She recounts her time playing "Sue Ann Nivens" on the classic 'Mary Tyler Moore Show,' including the famous "Chuckles Bites the Dust" episode. White discusses the importance of humor in her life, and playing "Rose Nylund" for seven seasons on 'The Golden Girls.' She speaks of her "bag of tricks" as an actress, as well as the business side of the entertainment industry. She discusses her prolific career on several game shows including 'Match Game' and 'Password.' She outlines her then-current role as "Catherine Piper" on 'Boston Legal,' and working on that show with co-star William Shatner. She concludes with some words of wisdom for aspiring television performers, and comments on her career longevity. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on March 11, 2005 at Emerson College in Boston, MA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Characters & Catchphrases, Classic TV series episodes, Comedy, Pop Culture, TV's Golden Age (1940s & '50s), Television Industry, and Comedy Series.

2005-03-11

In his three-hour interview, Billy Crystal talks about his early life, and becoming interested in comedy at a young age. He describes attending NYU to study film, where he learned from Martin Scorsese, and met Christopher Guest. He recounts getting Buddy Morra to manage him, and his appearances on 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' and 'All in the Family.' He recalls his disappointment at being bumped off the first broadcast of 'Saturday Night Live,' only to be picked up as a regular cast member on ABC’s 'Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell'. Crystal discusses playing the groundbreaking character of "Jodie Dallas" on 'Soap,' the first regular, gay character on a network series, and the show’s dealing with controversial subject matter on a weekly basis. He details his stint on the 1984-85 season of 'Saturday Night Live,' where he was part of a comedy all-star team selected by producer Dick Ebersol, which also included Martin Short, Christopher Guest, and Harry Shearer. He outlines his popular character "Fernando" from the show, whose catchphrase, "You look marvelous," swept the nation. He recalls his series of successful HBO stand-up comedy specials, and his huge success as a nine-time host of 'The Academy Awards.' Dan Pasternack conducted the interview in partnership with the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College on October 25, 2018 in North Hollywood, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Emmy Awards, Historic Events and Social Change, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, Comedy Series, Daytime/Primetime Serials, Late Night, and Music Shows & Variety. Other shows mentioned during the interview include 'The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour,' 'Comic Relief Specials,' 'The Emmy Awards (Primetime and Daytime),' and 'The Grammys.'

2018-10-25

In her forty-five minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Phyllis Diller talks about her comedy, and her journey as a female stand-up comedian who entered the game at 37 years old. Diller speaks about how getting rid of props in her act helped her success exponentially, and how she often dressed in loose fitting clothes and messy hair to "erase" her womanly features and boost her act. She discusses how feminists in her time disapproved of her comedy career, but Diller makes the poignant point that she was speaking freely to the public, something that women couldn't usually do. She advises young women in comedy to dress appropriately for the stage, since it shapes your comedy, and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on June 8, 2007 in Brentwood, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Pivotal Career Moments and Music.

2005-06-08

In his two hour and twenty minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Buck Henry talks about his start in improvisational comedy, and how he met many notable comedians such as Ted Flicker, George Segal and Joan Darling while active in the scene. He talks abut how he worshipped Steve Allen, and how writing on the show was a pivotal moment in his life and career. He speaks about creating the hit comedy show "Get Smart," and considers the question "was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on May 26, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Creative Influences, Pivotal Career Moments and Television Comedies.

2005-05-26

In her nearly two-hour remote TheirStory interview, Margaret Cho talks about growing up in San Francisco and getting into stand-up comedy as a teenager. She discusses a pivotal career moment - opening for Jerry Seinfeld - and how that opened doors for her, particularly at MTV, and she describes how she honed her act over the years. She details her groundbreaking 1994 ABC series, 'All-American Girl,' shares how much creative input she had on the show, and addresses some of the criticisms of the program. Cho then talks about returning to stand-up after 'All-American Girl' was cancelled and speaks of the healing power of comedy. She also describes her experiences on VH1's 'The Cho Show,' playing "Teri Lee" on 'Drop Dead Diva,' guest-starring on 30 Rock and being nominated for an Emmy for her role, and playing a North Korean general on the 72nd Golden Globe Awards. She talks of being a mentor to Eddie Huang and to Ken Jeong as they developed 'Fresh Off the Boat' and 'Dr. Ken' for television, respectively, recalls her time on 'The Masked Singer,' describes hosting 'All About Sex' on TLC, and talks about reuniting with 'Jerry Seinfeld on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.' She speaks of co-hosting Fashion Police, guest-starring on 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,' and hosting her podcast, and shares what the COVID-19 pandemic experience has been like for her. She discusses the violence against Asian-Americans during the pandemic, offers advice to aspiring comedians, and comments on how she'd like to be remembered. Jenni Matz conducted the interview in partnership with the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College on June 2, 2021. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Censorship / Standards & Practices, Creative Influences And Inspiration, Criticism Of TV, Diversity In Television, Emmy Awards, Historic Events And Social Change, Natural Disasters, New Media, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, Underrepresented Voices, Women, and Performers.

2021-06-02

In his ninety-minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Pat Harrington, Jr. (1929-2016) talks about his father Pat Harrington, and his career on stage. He recalls meeting Jonathan Winters, which led to several shots on 'Tonight Starring Jack Paar.' He talks about appearing on 'The Steve Allen Show' with performers like Bill Dana, and doing characters, the most famous being "Guido Panzini." Harrington discusses his stint on Norman Lear’s classic sitcom 'One Day at a Time' as building superintendent "Dwayne Schneider." He details the popularity of 'One Day at a Time,' and how the show dealt with co-star Mackenzie Phillips’ drug issues. He concludes by discussing his longevity in show business, and the importance of networking in one’s career. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on June 3, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Creative Influences and Inspiration, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, Comedy Series, and Talk Shows. An additional show mentioned during the interview is 'Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law,'

2005-06-03

Emeritus status was conferred on Kenneth C. '55, M.A., '57, Ph.D., Professor School of Communication and Leonidas A. Nicole, '49, M.A. Professor, Department of Performing Arts School of the Arts. The ceremony was held at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts.

2001-05-14

In his one hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Jack Carter fondly recollects anecdotes from his time working on shows like "Pick & Pat," "The Gary Moore Show," "The Ed Sullivan Show" and working with legendary comedians like Lucille Ball, Burns and Allen, and Bert Lahr. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on June 2, 2005 in Beverly Hills, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Career development, Pivotal Career Moments.

2005-06-02

In his one and a half hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Jan Murray talks about his start as an announcer for vaudeville theater, and how he was tasked with making audiences laugh after sad movies. He shares his opinion on some new generation shows like "Friends," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "The Colbert Report," and the "Daily Show." Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Creative Influences, and Pivotal Career Moments.

2006-01-17

In his one-hour-and-ten-minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Doug Herzog talks about his time at Emerson College, and the early influence of 'Saturday Night Live.' He describes his early career working at CNN on the daily talk series 'People Now,' as well as 'Entertainment Tonight,' before landing at MTV. He chronicles his rise at MTV, eventually becoming Vice President of Programming, and later Vice President of Viacom Music and Entertainment Group. Herzog recounts his years programming at Comedy Central, bringing 'South Park,' 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,' 'The Colbert Report,' and 'The Sarah Silverman Program' to the air. He discusses the evolving standards of comedy over the years at Comedy Central, and outlines the business of programming a cable network. He concludes by speaking of his proudest career achievement, and his then-future. Jenni Matz and Bill Dana conducted the interview on February 5, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Network Creation, Television Industry, Comedy Series, Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials, and News and Documentary.

2007-02-05

In his one-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Budd Friedman talks about opening his comedy club, the Improv in New York City, and discovering Andy Kaufman. He recalls several luminaires who worked at his club, including Bette Midler, Milton Berle, Eddie Murphy, Steven Wright, and Chris Rock. He discusses what it takes for young comedians to make it as a stand-up comedian, and the challenge of finding wider audiences. Friedman describes what he feels is the then-current state of comedy, and speculates where it might go in the then-future. He concludes with one of his favorite jokes. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 25, 2006 at the Improv on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Television Industry, Comedy Clubs, Comedians, and Performers.

2006-01-25

The Graduate ceremony address was delivered by Kimberly McLarin, Interim Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, and the graduate student speaker was Lemar Archer. The ceremony was held at the Paramount Center at Emerson College in the afternoon.

2022-05-07

In their three-hour, joint Emerson Comedy Archive interview, Rocky (1921-2016) and Irma Kalish discuss their backgrounds, and how they met and married. In a free-wheeling discussion, they touch on many of the shows they worked on including 'Colgate Comedy Hour,' 'Meet Corliss Archer,' 'My Three Sons,' 'Family Affair,' 'Gillian’s Island' and 'The Flying Nun.' They recall working on two Norman Lear shows 'All in the Family,' where they wrote the groundbreaking "Edith’s Christmas Story" dealing with breast cancer, and 'Good Times,' where they hired Janet Jackson in the final seasons to play "Penny." They describe working with many luminaries during their time as writers, some of whom became friends, including Selma Diamond, Shelley Berman, Steve Allen, Milton Berle, Carl Reiner, and Cloris Leachman. They touch on many problems facing the industry including writers strikes, ageism, and the challenge of longevity for a writer. They speak of their philosophy of comedy and joking writing, including if being funny can be taught, and what goes into constructing a joke. Jenni Matz and Bill Dana conducted the interview on February 7, 2007 in Encino, California. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Pivotal Career Moments, Ageism in Television Industry, Writers Guild of America Strikes, and Comedy Series. Other shows mentioned during the interview include 'The Brian Keith Show,' 'Carter Country,' 'F Troop,' 'The Facts of Life,' 'Good Heavens,' 'Gunsmoke,' 'Oh Madeline,' 'The Sarah Silverman Program,' and 'Too Close for Comfort.'

2007-02-07

In his twenty-minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Andy Rooney (1919-2011) talks about the use of humor as a device when writing, as well as his writing process. He discusses having written for several television shows, including 'Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scout's and 'The Garry More Show.' He speaks of the development of his "Andy Rooney" persona on '60 Minutes,' and on the business aspect of writing. Rooney concludes with a summary of his career, and his opinion on the word "curmudgeon." Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on October 19, 2005 in New York, NY. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Television Industry, Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials, News & Documentary, and Talk Shows.

2005-10-19

In his one-and-a-half-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Dick Van Dyke talks about his early years, and how being an announcer in World War II kindled his passion for show business. Van Dyke speaks about working on projects such as "Bye Bye Birdie" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show," and reminisces on his time in the industry with fond anecdotes. He discusses the ups and down of showbusiness, and briefly discusses his battle with alcoholism brought on by his shyness. He speaks of the challenges of being a performer and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 5, 2006 in Santa Monica, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Fame and Celebrity, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, Comedy Series, and Talk Shows.

2006-01-05

In his one and a half hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Howard Murray talks about how his father, Jan Murray, was a big inspiration to his own foray into comedy ad television. He reminisces on anecdotes with comedy legends like Al Jolson, Milton Berle, Buddy Hackett and Sid Caesar, who were all family friends. Murray shares his experience working on shows like \"Roseanne\" and \"The Cosby Show,\" and considers the question \"was it worth it?\" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on February 8, 2007 in Studio City, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Career development, Pivotal Career Moments and Television Comedies.

2007-02-08

In her one-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Rose Marie (1923-2017) talks about entering show business at age three, and soon after becoming a smash hit as "Baby Rose Marie," selling out the Capital Theater in New York, and with her own NBC radio show. She describes her long friendship and professional association with Milton Berle, as well as her husband Buddy Guy, a trumpet player in Kay Kyser’s band. She recounts playing Las Vegas, and her professional and personal association with mobsters like Bugsy Siegel and Al Capone. She discusses playing "Sally Rogers" on 'The Dick Van Dyke Show,' and working with Van Dyke, the cast, and producer Sheldon Leonard. She speaks of playing "Myrna Gibbons" for five years on 'The Doris Day Show,' and her subsequent stage show "4 Girls 4" with Helen O’Connell, Rosemary Clooney, and Margaret Whiting. She details having dealt with the business end of show business, and concludes with a summary of her career. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 24, 2006 in Van Nuys, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Television Industry, Child Labor Laws, and Comedy Series. An additional show mentioned during the interview is 'The Doris Day Show.'

2006-01-24

In her hour-and-a-half interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Janis Paige talks about her early life and discovering she had the ability to make people laugh at a young age. She recalls her first feature film, "Hollywood Canteen," and soon after moving to New York to pursue a career on stage. She describes a stint in vaudeville, which lead to being cast on Broadway in "Remains to be Seen," and later as the lead in "The Pajama Game." She recounts appearing in several feature films, including "Silk Stockings" with Fred Astaire, and "Please Don’t Eat the Daisies" with Doris Day. Paige speaks of her many roles on television, including playing the lead in the sitcom 'It’s Always Jan,' guest shots on 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show' and 'Happy Days,' and an infamous appearance on 'All in the Family' in which she kissed "Archie Bunker," much to his wife "Edith’s" dismay. She concludes by discussing her stints on the daytime dramas 'Capitol 'and 'Santa Barbara,' and how she’d like to be remembered. Robert Fleming conducted the interview on May 27, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Creative Influences and Inspiration, Diversity in Television, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, Women, Comedy Series, and Daytime/Primetime Serials.

2005-05-27

A promotional film about the family-centered services and programs at the Robbins Speech, Language and Hearing Center.

2015-10-06

The Graduate ceremony address was delivered by Kimberly McLarin, Interim Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies. There were two graduate speakers Lashana Bell and Danielle Pappe. Two students Masha Kamenshikov and Rina Wolok received the Joanne P. Lasker Graduate Program Director Award. The ceremony was held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the afternoon.

2022-04-27

In his one-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Norman Lear talks about his early years at Emerson College, his time in the television business and recalls some significant lessons and memories throughout his career. He talks in depth about the healing power of laughter and about how comedy is an excellent vehicle for social change. He recalls some of his career highs and lows, and talks about his experience working on shows such as "All in the Family," "Colgate Comedy Hour" and "The Martha Raye Show." He also gives advice on how to maintain creative integrity in the business savvy television industry, and the rarity of true talent. Lear speaks about how a sense of humor can be sharpened but not acquired, and talks about how he gets inspiration for the comedy in his shows and characters. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on May 26, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, Comedy Series, and Personal Anecdotes About Career.

2005-05-26

Novelist Alice Sebold, reporter Juan González, and Boston poet laureate Danielle Legros Georges received honorary degrees. Alice Sebold gave the undergraduate address. The ceremony was held at the Agganis Arena at Boston University in the morning.

2016-05-08

In his one-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, "Weird Al" Yankovic talks about his early years, and his first break, getting his music played on the "Dr. Demento" radio show. He describes the types of parodies he does, and how he tends to stay away from satire and political humor. He recalls his television show, 'AL TV,' and his experiences interviewing guests like Eminem. Yankovic speaks of dealing with fame and celebrity, and what his fan base expects of him. He discusses his 'White & Nerdy' music video, which featured Donny Osmond, as well as his cult classic feature film 'UHF.' He speaks of the challenges of being a comedian in the music industry, and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on February 10, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Fame and Celebrity, Pivotal Career Moments, Pop culture, Television Industry, Comedy Series, and Talk Shows. An additional show mentioned during the interview is 'Tomorrow.'

2007-02-10

In his one and a half hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Sam Denoff talks about how he found his affinity for comedy when he discovered that it made him a hit with the ladies. He shares anecdotes from his time working on "The Steve Allen Show," "The Andy Williams Show," and "That Girl." Denoff also considers the question "was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on May 27, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy and Career development.

2005-05-27

Emerson College Southwick Recital October 18, 1977. Dorothy Prince, Barbara Ann Ferreira, Marilyn Lewis-Scott, Frances LaShoto, and Kenneth Crannell performed poetry and monologues by Jean Toomer, Flannery O'Connor, T. S. Eliot, Tennessee Williams, and Edward Albee.

1977-10-18

In his one-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, "Weird Al" Yankovic talks about his early years, and his first break, getting his music played on the "Dr. Demento" radio show. He describes the types of parodies he does, and how he tends to stay away from satire and political humor. He recalls his television show, 'AL TV,' and his experiences interviewing guests like Eminem. Yankovic speaks of dealing with fame and celebrity, and what his fan base expects of him. He discusses his 'White & Nerdy' music video, which featured Donny Osmond, as well as his cult classic feature film 'UHF.' He speaks of the challenges of being a comedian in the music industry, and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on February 10, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Fame and Celebrity, Pivotal Career Moments, Pop culture, Television Industry, Comedy Series, and Talk Shows. An additional show mentioned during the interview is 'Tomorrow.'

2007-02-10

In her two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Diane English discusses her upbringing in Buffalo, New York, where she first worked as an English and drama teacher before moving to New York City to pursue a career in playwriting. She describes how she instead landed her first industry job at public television station WNET, and began writing for the small screen --penning PBS' first television movie, 'The Lathe of Heaven.' English outlines her first forays into half-hour comedies as a writer for 'Foley Square' and for 'My Sister Sam,' and speaks at length on the creation and production of her hit series, 'Murphy Brown.' She divulges which actress she asked to play "Murphy Brown" before Candice Bergen won the role, and sheds light on the infamous debate on single-motherhood sparked by then Vice President, Dan Quayle. She chronicles the formation of her production company, Shukovsky/English, with husband Joel Shukovsky, and details her film and television work ('The Women,' 'Love & War,' 'Ink') since 'Murphy Brown' went off the air. Jenni Matz conducted the interview in a joint venture with The American Comedy Archives (at Emerson College) in North Hollywood, CA on February 8, 2007. Additional topics covered include: Creative Influences and Inspiration, Characters & Catchphrases, Diversity in Television, Women, Emmy Awards, and Comedy Series. Other shows mentioned during the interview include 'Double Rush,' 'Her Life as a Man,' and 'Living in Captivity.'

2007-02-08

In his one-and-a-half-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Charles Grodin talks about his writing career, and writing for specific audiences. He describes his acting training under Uta Hagen, who taught the importance of listening and knowing your lines cold. He speaks of appearing in several feature films, including "Rosemary’s Baby," "King Kong," and "Catch-22." He discusses his talk show "persona," perfected on 'The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson' and 'Late Night with David Letterman.' Grodin details his experiences as the host of his own show, 'The Charles Grodin Show,' on CNBC, as well as his time as a commentator for '60 Minutes.' He chronicles his many dealings with agents and managers over the years, and opines on the role of comedy in history. Jenni Matz and Bill Dana conducted the interview on February 23, 2005 in New York, NY. Additional topics covered include: Creative Influences and Inspiration, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, News and Documentary, and Talk Shows

2005-02-23

In his hour long interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Don Knotts talks about all the rejection he faced before getting his start in radio voicing characters and eventually in comedy on TV and film. He fondly reminisces working with comedy legends like Steve Allen, Jack Benny and Andy Griffith. He shares his advice to young people, that it's important to keep your eyes on the prize even if the going gets tough, and considers the question "was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on March 9, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy and Pivotal Career Moments.

2005-03-09

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