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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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