Sitcom Writers Talk Shop: Behind the Scenes with Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, and Other Geniuses of TV Comedy

Sitcom Writers Talk Shop: Behind the Scenes with Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, and Other Geniuses of TV Comedy

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Overview

Behind every great television show is a group of professionals working at the top of their games—but no one is more important than the writers. And while writing comedy, especially good comedy, is serious business—fraught with actor egos, demanding producers, and sleepless nights—it also can result in classic lines of dialogue.

Sitcom Writers Talk Shop: Behind the Scenes with Carl Reiner, Norman Lear, and Other Geniuses of TV Comedy is a collection of conversations with the writers responsible for some of the most memorable shows in television comedy. The men and women interviewed here include series creators, show runners, and staff writers whose talent and hard work have generated literally millions of laughs. In addition to Reiner (The Dick Van Dyke Show) and Lear (All in the Family), this book features in-depth interviews with:

·James L. Brooks (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Simpsons)
·Al Jean (The Simpsons, The Critic)
·Leonard Stern (The Honeymooners, Get Smart)
·Treva Silverman (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
·Ken Estin (Cheers)
·Matt Williams (Roseanne, Home Improvement)
·Dava Savel (Ellen)
·Larry Charles (Seinfeld)
·David Lee (Frasier)
·Phil Rosenthal (Everybody Loves Raymond)
·Mike Reiss (The Simpsons)

From these conversations, readers will learn that the business of writing funny has never been all laughs. Writers discuss the creative process, how they get unstuck, the backstories of iconic episodes, and how they cope with ridiculous censors, outrageous actors, and their own demons and fears. Sitcom Writers Talk Shop will appeal to fans of all of these shows and may serve as inspiration to anyone considering a life in comedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538109182
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/22/2018
Pages: 274
Sales rank: 329,458
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Paula Finn—the daughter of Honeymooners writer Herbert Finn—has authored ten gift books including Believe in Yourself, When Love Isn’t Easy, and Make This Your Day.

Table of Contents

List of Interviewees ix

Foreword Ed Asner xiii

Foreword Carol Kane xv

Preface xix

Acknowledgments xxv

Introduction xxvii

1 Carl Reiner 1

2 Leonard Stern 19

3 Norman Lear 29

4 Austin and Irma Kalish 43

5 James L. Brooks 55

6 Treva Silverman 71

7 Ken Estin 85

8 Matt Williams 105

9 Dava Savel 125

10 Larry Charles 139

11 David Lee 157

12 Phil Rosenthal 169

13 Mike Reiss 183

14 Al Jean 197

15 Jay Kogen 201

Appendix: More Tales from the Writers' Room 213

Index 233

About The Author 243

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