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King of the Half Hour: Nat Hiken and the Golden Age of TV Comedy
     

King of the Half Hour: Nat Hiken and the Golden Age of TV Comedy

by David Everitt
 

ISBN-10: 0815606761

ISBN-13: 9780815606765

Pub. Date: 12/01/2000

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

Regarded by his contemporaries as one of television's premier comedy creators, Nat Hiken was the driving creative force behind the classic 1950s and 1960s series Sgt. Bilko and the hilarious Car 54, Where Are You?
King of the Half Hour, the first biography of Hiken, draws extensively on exclusive first-hand interviews with some of the well-known TV personalities

Overview

Regarded by his contemporaries as one of television's premier comedy creators, Nat Hiken was the driving creative force behind the classic 1950s and 1960s series Sgt. Bilko and the hilarious Car 54, Where Are You?
King of the Half Hour, the first biography of Hiken, draws extensively on exclusive first-hand interviews with some of the well-known TV personalities who worked with him, such as Carol Burnett, Fred Gwynne, Alan King, Al Lewis, and Herbert Ross. The book focuses on Hiken's immense talent and remarkable career, from his early days in radio as Fred Allen's head writer to his multiple Emmy-winning years as writer-producer-director on television. In addition to re-establishing Hiken's place in broadcast history, biographer, David Everitt places him in the larger story of early New York broadcasting. Hiken's career paralleled the rise and fall of television's Golden Age. He embodied the era's best qualities-craftsmanship, a commitment to excellence and a distinctive, uproariously funny and quirky sense of humor. At the same time, his uncompromising independence prevented him from surviving the changes in the industry that brought the Golden Age to an end in the 1960s. His experiences bring a fresh and until now unknown perspective to the medium's most extraordinary period.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815606765
Publisher:
Syracuse University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2000
Series:
Television Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
850,803
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introductionxi
1.Milwaukee Boy1
2.The Grouchmaster11
3.Fred Allen Writes His Own Material22
4.Not Quite Mr. Television44
5.Book Shows61
6.Clown Queen78
7.You'll Never Get Rich98
8.Burnout124
9.Between Engagements136
10.The Last Stand150
11.Content Is Out177
12.Hollywood Bound191
Appendixes
A.The Nat Hiken Shows209
B.Emmy Awards Won by Nat Hiken213
Notes215
Bibliography233
Index239

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