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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 nearly two-hour Archive interview, George Shapiro discusses his early years growing up in the Bronx, where he met his longtime business partner, Howard West, and describes working his way up from mailroom attendant to packaging executive at the William Morris Agency. He talks about his work with 'The Steve Allen Show' and 'That Girl' and details his decision to leave William Morris to form his own management company, Shapiro/West. He speaks at length on working with client Andy Kaufman, on negotiating Kaufman's intricate deal with 'Taxi' and on Kaufman's premature death. Shapiro also comments on client Jerry Seinfeld, explains how 'Seinfeld' got on the air and concludes with thoughts on the art of management and his philosophy on comedy. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview in a joint venture with the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College on February 12, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Characters & Catchphrases, Classic TV Series Episodes, Comedy, Pop Culture, and Comedy Series. Other shows mentioned during the interview include 'Cheers,' 'The Merv Griffin Show,' 'Saturday Night Live,' and 'Your Show of Shows.'

2007-02-12

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 forty five-minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Henry Winkler talks about his days at Emerson College, and how the college environment helped him mature and become more independent. He discusses how he used to perform in children's theater in Massachusetts, act in commercials while at Yale, and how his tenacious and grateful nature helped him rise up in Hollywood. He describes how his dyslexia made him develop a sense of humour so that he stood out in his class, and how humour can help one cope. Winkler speaks about his experience working on shows such as "Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Out of Practice," "Happy Days" and movies such as "Click." He discusses the Hank Zipzer novels that he wrote to help children deal with dyslexia through his humorous writing. Winkler discusses the lessons he has learned from his coworkers over the years and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 20, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Fame and Celebrity, Pivotal Career Moments, and Television Industry.

2006-01-20

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

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

Denis Leary with two unidentified women. Leary stands with arms crossed gazing down at papers held by one of the seated women. Comedian Denis Leary '79 is one of the founders of the Emerson Comedy Workshop, which is sponsored by the Writing Department. During the 1970s, co-curriculars developed as important training grounds for Emerson's future comedy greats, including Eddie Brill, Denis Leary, Jay Leno and Steve Wright.

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1985-11-02

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 and twenty minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Larry Gelbart talks about moments in his career, from his start in radio to creating the hit sensation M*A*S*H. He speaks about how humour can be a defense mechanism (almost like a sword and shield), especially among Jewish people. He talks about how being funny cannot be taught, it can only be sharpened. Gelbart fondly recalls anecdotes working with comedians like Sid Caesar and Henny Youngman, and 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, Creative Influences, and Pivotal Career Moments.

2005-03-10

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 one hour and twenty minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Dick Martin talks about his start in stand up comedy in nightclubs, and how he got to see several iconic comedic duos at work, such as Dana and Wood, Rowan and Martin, and Martin and Lewis. 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.

2006-01-27

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 and twenty minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Dick Martin talks about his start in stand up comedy in nightclubs, and how he got to see several iconic comedic duos at work, such as Dana and Wood, Rowan and Martin, and Martin and Lewis. 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.

2006-01-27

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-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

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 twenty minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Larry Gelbart talks about moments in his career, from his start in radio to creating the hit sensation M*A*S*H. He speaks about how humour can be a defense mechanism (almost like a sword and shield), especially among Jewish people. He talks about how being funny cannot be taught, it can only be sharpened. Gelbart fondly recalls anecdotes working with comedians like Sid Caesar and Henny Youngman, and 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, Creative Influences, and Pivotal Career Moments.

2005-03-10

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 one hour and twenty minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Larry Gelbart talks about moments in his career, from his start in radio to creating the hit sensation M*A*S*H. He speaks about how humour can be a defense mechanism (almost like a sword and shield), especially among Jewish people. He talks about how being funny cannot be taught, it can only be sharpened. Gelbart fondly recalls anecdotes working with comedians like Sid Caesar and Henny Youngman, and 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, Creative Influences, and Pivotal Career Moments.

2005-03-10

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 one hour and twenty minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Dick Martin talks about his start in stand up comedy in nightclubs, and how he got to see several iconic comedic duos at work, such as Dana and Wood, Rowan and Martin, and Martin and Lewis. 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.

2006-01-27

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

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 forty five-minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Henry Winkler talks about his days at Emerson College, and how the college environment helped him mature and become more independent. He discusses how he used to perform in children's theater in Massachusetts, act in commercials while at Yale, and how his tenacious and grateful nature helped him rise up in Hollywood. He describes how his dyslexia made him develop a sense of humour so that he stood out in his class, and how humour can help one cope. Winkler speaks about his experience working on shows such as "Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Out of Practice," "Happy Days" and movies such as "Click." He discusses the Hank Zipzer novels that he wrote to help children deal with dyslexia through his humorous writing. Winkler discusses the lessons he has learned from his coworkers over the years and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 20, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Fame and Celebrity, Pivotal Career Moments, and Television Industry.

2006-01-20

In his forty five-minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Henry Winkler talks about his days at Emerson College, and how the college environment helped him mature and become more independent. He discusses how he used to perform in children's theater in Massachusetts, act in commercials while at Yale, and how his tenacious and grateful nature helped him rise up in Hollywood. He describes how his dyslexia made him develop a sense of humour so that he stood out in his class, and how humour can help one cope. Winkler speaks about his experience working on shows such as "Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Out of Practice," "Happy Days" and movies such as "Click." He discusses the Hank Zipzer novels that he wrote to help children deal with dyslexia through his humorous writing. Winkler discusses the lessons he has learned from his coworkers over the years and considers the question "Was it worth it?" Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on January 20, 2006 in Los Angeles, CA. Additional topics covered include: Advice, Creative Influences and Inspiration, Fame and Celebrity, Pivotal Career Moments, and Television Industry.

2006-01-20

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 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

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