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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 her one-hour-fifteen minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Bea Arthur talks about her early years as an intern in a hospital, doing minstrel shows and her first break in Broadway. She talks about how grateful she is to do what she enjoys for a living, and speaks about working on "Maude," "Golden Girls," and a number of plays. She also discusses her love for her LGBT fan following, her involvement with PETA and how she strives to use her celebrity for social change. She speaks about the challenges of being a woman in the television and performance industry, and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on May 31, 2005 in Brentwood, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Fame and Celebrity, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, and Comedy Series.

2005-05-31

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 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.

2006-01-16

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 nearly two-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Bob Newhart talks about his start in the stand-up comedy scene, and how that led to TV and movie appearances, comedy tours, and even a Grammy win in the spoken-word category. Newhart speaks about how comedy is the best way to learn about you quirks, hang-ups and strengths. He discusses his experiences working with various comedians, and speaks fondly of comedians he admires such as Jerry Seinfled, Garry Shandling, Steven Wright, Ellen DeGeneres and many more. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on February 6, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, and Pivotal Career Moments.

2007-02-06

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 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

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, 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

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.

2005-02-23

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 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

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 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

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

In his one and a half hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Tom Poston talks about fighting in World War II before he got started in comedy and television. He fondly recollects working on "The Steve Allen Show" with notable personalities like Stan Burns, Herb Sargent, George Schlatter and Jack Rollins. He advises aspiring comedians to not be afraid of the fraught nature of the industry, and to keep persevering. Poston also considers the question "was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on March 11, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Pivotal Career Moments and Television Comedies.

2005-03-11

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 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 his one and a half hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, George Schlatter talks about how his mother and her affinity for humor inspired him to pursue comedy as a career. He speaks about the importance and power of humor, even saying \"a laugh is the closest you can get to an orgasm with your clothes on.\" Schlatter talks about working on shows like \"Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In,\" the \"Grammy Awards,\" and founding the \"American Comedy Awards,\" and considers the question \"was it worth it?\" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on March 8, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Humor, Career development, Pivotal Career Moments and Television Comedies.

2005-03-08

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 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 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, Jay Sandrich talks about how a sudden rule change allowed him to join the Directors Guild in college, and how he started his career as an assistant director on shows like "I Love Lucy" and "Our Miss Brooks." He then speaks about directing and producing legendary sitcoms like "The Cosby Show," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Andy Griffith Show," "The Bob Newhart Show" and many more. Finally, he discusses the changing landscape of television, and how the shows don't shy away from talking about taboo topics like sex anymore. Sandrich also considers the question "was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on June 6, 2005 in Beverly Hills, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Career development, Pivotal Career Moments.

2005-06-06

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

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 one hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Louis Nye talks about his start in radio, where he really found his footing as a performer. He talks about working with comedians/ performers like Steve Allen, Larry Gelbart and Don Knotts. Nye gives some advice for current students of comedy and considers the question "was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on March 7, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy and Career development.

2006-03-07

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

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

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 one-hour-fifteen minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Bea Arthur talks about her early years as an intern in a hospital, doing minstrel shows and her first break in Broadway. She talks about how grateful she is to do what she enjoys for a living, and speaks about working on "Maude," "Golden Girls," and a number of plays. She also discusses her love for her LGBT fan following, her involvement with PETA and how she strives to use her celebrity for social change. She speaks about the challenges of being a woman in the television and performance industry, and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on May 31, 2005 in Brentwood, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Fame and Celebrity, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, and Comedy Series.

2005-05-31

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 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

In his one and a half hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, George Schlatter talks about how his mother and her affinity for humor inspired him to pursue comedy as a career. He speaks about the importance and power of humor, even saying \"a laugh is the closest you can get to an orgasm with your clothes on.\" Schlatter talks about working on shows like \"Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In,\" the \"Grammy Awards,\" and founding the \"American Comedy Awards,\" and considers the question \"was it worth it?\" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on March 8, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Humor, Career development, Pivotal Career Moments and Television Comedies.

2005-03-08

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 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 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 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 his one hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Louis Nye talks about his start in radio, where he really found his footing as a performer. He talks about working with comedians/ performers like Steve Allen, Larry Gelbart and Don Knotts. Nye gives some advice for current students of comedy and considers the question "was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on March 7, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy and Career development.

2006-03-07

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

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, Jay Sandrich talks about how a sudden rule change allowed him to join the Directors Guild in college, and how he started his career as an assistant director on shows like "I Love Lucy" and "Our Miss Brooks." He then speaks about directing and producing legendary sitcoms like "The Cosby Show," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Andy Griffith Show," "The Bob Newhart Show" and many more. Finally, he discusses the changing landscape of television, and how the shows don't shy away from talking about taboo topics like sex anymore. Sandrich also considers the question "was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on June 6, 2005 in Beverly Hills, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Career development, Pivotal Career Moments.

2005-06-06

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 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 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

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

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 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.

2005-02-23

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 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 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 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 and a half hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, George Schlatter talks about how his mother and her affinity for humor inspired him to pursue comedy as a career. He speaks about the importance and power of humor, even saying "a laugh is the closest you can get to an orgasm with your clothes on." Schlatter talks about working on shows like "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," the "Grammy Awards," and founding the "American Comedy Awards," and considers the question "was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on March 8, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Humor, Career development, Pivotal Career Moments and Television Comedies.

2005-03-08

In his one hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Jay Sandrich talks about how a sudden rule change allowed him to join the Directors Guild in college, and how he started his career as an assistant director on shows like "I Love Lucy" and "Our Miss Brooks." He then speaks about directing and producing legendary sitcoms like "The Cosby Show," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Andy Griffith Show," "The Bob Newhart Show" and many more. Finally, he discusses the changing landscape of television, and how the shows don't shy away from talking about taboo topics like sex anymore. Sandrich also considers the question "was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on June 6, 2005 in Beverly Hills, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Career development, Pivotal Career Moments.

2005-06-06

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

In his one and a half hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Tom Poston talks about fighting in World War II before he got started in comedy and television. He fondly recollects working on "The Steve Allen Show" with notable personalities like Stan Burns, Herb Sargent, George Schlatter and Jack Rollins. He advises aspiring comedians to not be afraid of the fraught nature of the industry, and to keep persevering. Poston also considers the question "was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on March 11, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Pivotal Career Moments and Television Comedies.

2005-03-11

In his one and a half hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Tom Poston talks about fighting in World War II before he got started in comedy and television. He fondly recollects working on "The Steve Allen Show" with notable personalities like Stan Burns, Herb Sargent, George Schlatter and Jack Rollins. He advises aspiring comedians to not be afraid of the fraught nature of the industry, and to keep persevering. Poston also considers the question "was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on March 11, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy, Pivotal Career Moments and Television Comedies.

2005-03-11

In his nearly two-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Bob Newhart talks about his start in the stand-up comedy scene, and how that led to TV and movie appearances, comedy tours, and even a Grammy win in the spoken-word category. Newhart speaks about how comedy is the best way to learn about you quirks, hang-ups and strengths. He discusses his experiences working with various comedians, and speaks fondly of comedians he admires such as Jerry Seinfled, Garry Shandling, Steven Wright, Ellen DeGeneres and many more. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on February 6, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, and Pivotal Career Moments.

2007-02-06

In his nearly two-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Bob Newhart talks about his start in the stand-up comedy scene, and how that led to TV and movie appearances, comedy tours, and even a Grammy win in the spoken-word category. Newhart speaks about how comedy is the best way to learn about you quirks, hang-ups and strengths. He discusses his experiences working with various comedians, and speaks fondly of comedians he admires such as Jerry Seinfled, Garry Shandling, Steven Wright, Ellen DeGeneres and many more. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on February 6, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, and Pivotal Career Moments.

2007-02-06

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 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 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

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

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

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

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 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 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 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 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 her one-hour-fifteen minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Bea Arthur talks about her early years as an intern in a hospital, doing minstrel shows and her first break in Broadway. She talks about how grateful she is to do what she enjoys for a living, and speaks about working on "Maude," "Golden Girls," and a number of plays. She also discusses her love for her LGBT fan following, her involvement with PETA and how she strives to use her celebrity for social change. She speaks about the challenges of being a woman in the television and performance industry, and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on May 31, 2005 in Brentwood, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Fame and Celebrity, Pivotal Career Moments, Television Industry, and Comedy Series.

2005-05-31

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 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 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 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

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

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

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

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 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-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, 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 hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Louis Nye talks about his start in radio, where he really found his foting as a performer. He talks about working with comedians/ performers like Steve Allen, Larry Gelbart and Don Knotts. Nye gives some advice for current students of comedy and considers the question "was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on March 7, 2005 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Comedy and Career development.

2006-03-07

During the first hour of her interview with Jenni Matz, Tracey Ullman touches: On her childhood and early influences, including how she started doing impersonations; on her career aspirations when she was growing up, and on attending a performing arts school starting at age 12, and the role that class played in acting opportunities in England at the time." On leaving school at 16 and moving to Berlin as a dancer; on how she transitioned into acting, and on being cast in the improvised play "Four in a Million", which led to her being cast on a sketch show on the BBC; on how she began recording pop music, and on making music videos and touring; on appearing in the dramatic film "Plenty". On what her family thought of her early success; on meeting her husband, Allan McKeown, and on moving to the United States; on being cast in a pilot, which she ended up being very disappointed in; on meeting James L. Brooks, and on his idea that she should have a sketch show on Fox, and on doing research into American comedy before starting her show. On her concept for 'The Tracey Ullman Show' before it began; on casting Julie Kavner and Dan Castellaneta on the show; on the challenges and experimentation of 'The Tracey Ullman Show'; on the preparation and pace of the show; on the show being filmed in front of a live audience. On her character "Kay Clark" on 'The Tracey Ullman Show;' on the character "Francesca" on 'The Tracey Ullman Show', and on "Ginny Tilman"; on performing different accents, particularly on 'The Tracey Ullman Show', and on how she transforms into characters; on playing "Carol", a Black woman, on the show, and on playing characters of different ethnicities; on her favorite sketches on the show, and on 'The Simpsons' getting it start as interstitials on 'The Tracey Ullman Show.'

2020-01-30

During the final hour of her interview with Jenni Matz, Tracey Ullman touches: On how she prepares herself to get into character, and on how to be a good leader on set; on her writing process, and on collaborating with other writers; on why she loves working in television; on maintaining confidence in her work, and on enjoying her anonymity, and on her level of fame. On how television has changed since she started in the business, and on how the industry can or should change in light of the #MeToo and Times Up movements; on the then-current comedians and television shows she enjoys; on meeting some of her comedic heroes over the years, and on meeting Muhammad Ali when she was in character; on the advice and opportunities she's received in her career. On the advice she'd give to someone starting out in the television industry, and on the balance between being a performer and a well-rounded person; on the dangers of fame; on why she resists the term "comedienne"; on the value of oral histories; on her proudest career achievement; on her then-future plans and people she'd like to portray; on how she would like to be remembered.

2020-01-30

During the second hour of her interview with Jenni Matz, Tracey Ullman touches: On 'The Tracey Ullman Show' winning Emmy Awards, and on the end of the show; on the legacy of 'The Tracey Ullman Show', and on what she did in the years following the end of her show; on her special 'Tracey Ullman: A Class Act', and on how that show led to her HBO special 'Tracey Takes on New York' and 'Tracey Takes On...'. On directing episodes of 'Tracey Takes On...', and on her and her husband's ownership of the show; on the character "Chic" on 'Tracey Takes On...'; on going out into the real world in character; on playing "Mrs. Noh Nan Nang" on 'Tracey Takes On...'; on the writing team on 'Tracey Takes On...'. On specific episodes of 'Tracey Takes On...', and on portraying the royal family; on the end of 'Tracey Takes On...', and on how 'Tracey Ullman's State of the Union' came about; on playing celebrities and public figures on .State of the Union., and on how she decided which people and characters to portray, and on how she gets into character for impersonations. On her production schedule on 'Tracey Ullman's State of the Union' since she portrayed most of the characters on the show; on the end of 'Tracey Ullman's State of the Union'; on the death of her husband, Allan McKeown; on how 'Tracey Ullman's Show' came about, and on her impressions of Angela Merkel and Judi Dench; on the impact of Brexit on the show, and on getting political in her work. On why "Kay Clark" has appeared in all of her series; on playing Betty Friedan in 'Mrs. America', and on the 'Tracey Ullman's Show' sketch "What Were You Wearing?"; on the role of comedy in the then-current political climate, and on Mel Brooks appearing in a sketch on 'The Tracey Ullman Show'; on the power of comedy.

2020-01-30

In her three-hour-and-fifteen-minute interview Tracey Ullman talks about growing up in England and how she started doing impersonations as a kid. She discusses attending a performing arts school starting at the age of 12, leaving school at 16 to be a dancer in Berlin, and how she made the transition into acting. She details how she came to be cast in the improvised play "Four in a Million" and how that led to her being cast on a BBC sketch comedy show. She talks about her years as a pop star and meeting her husband, the late producer Allan McKeown, and moving to America. Ullman goes into detail on the creation of 'The Tracey Ullman Show', including how it began with meeting James L. Brooks, her concept for the show, and the casting process. She then shares stories from the run of 'The Tracey Ullman Show', with a discussion of a typical workweek, specific characters she created for the series, including "Kay Clark" and "Ginny Tilman", winning Emmy Awards for the series, and its eventual end and legacy. Ullman then moves on to her special Tracey Ullman: A Class Act and how that led to her HBO show 'Tracey Takes On…' For 'Tracey Takes On…' she talks about specific characters, directing episodes of the series, and the show's writing team. She then talks about her next series, 'Tracey Ullman's State of the Union', including why she decided to feature more impressions of celebrities and public figures and on getting more political in her work. Ullman discusses her then-most recent series 'Tracey Ullman's Show', talking about sketches that went viral and the characters she's carried throughout her series. She concludes by sharing how she gets into character, her writing process and how she collaborates with other writers, how the industry has changed since she started out, advice to aspiring performers, her proudest career achievement, and how she would like to be remembered. Jenni Matz conducted the interview in partnership with the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College on January 30, 2020 in North Hollywood, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Characters & Catchphrases, Comedy Series, Comedians, Creative Influences And Inspiration, Criticism Of TV, Diversity In Television, Emmy Awards, Fame And Celebrity, First Big Break, Historic Events And Social Change, LGBTQ, MeToo Movement, New Media, Performers, Producers, Pivotal Career Moments, Pop Culture, Television Industry, Women, and Writers.

2020-01-30

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

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

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

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