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

2007-02-19

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

2007-02-19

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

2007-02-19

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

2016-03-29

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

2016-03-29

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