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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.

1979

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 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 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

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