Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials


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Music & Variety Shows and Specials describe shows featuring one or more musical and/or comedy performance, frequently including guest stars.  For dramatic specials, see: TV Movies/Miniseries/Dramatic Specials.

Highlights
Steve Binder on producing and directiing Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special
09:51
George Carlin on the material he was forced to censor when appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show
03:29
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Berle Adams

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Berle Adams on secretly replacing scripts written by The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show staff writers with better ones written by Danny Arnold and Roland Kibbee
02:32
Berle Adams on his clients Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis breaking up their act before fulfilling a four-episode contract to appear on The Colgate Comedy Hour, and how he convinced them to appear on the show anyway
06:53
Berle Adams on how the television special An Evening With Fred Astaire came to be
02:36
Berle Adams on the controversy over Fred Astaire winning the Emmy for Best Actor for An Evening With Fred Astaire
00:48

Edie Adams

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Edie Adams on her show, Here's Edie
08:00

Ray Aghayan

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Ray Aghayan on costume design for The George Gobel Show
06:40
Ray Aghayan on costume design for The Judy Garland Show
01:08
Ray Aghayan on his first impressions of Judy Garland; on her costume choices for The Judy Garland Show
05:03

Charlie Andrews

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Charlie Andrews on working as a writer/producer on Arthur Godfrey's various shows Arthur Godfrey Time, Arthur Godfrey and His Friends, and Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts
19:51
Charlie Andrews on producing the Miss U.S.A.  pageant and other pageants
05:19

George Balzer

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George Balzer on working on the Jack Benny Specials
01:18
George Balzer on writing for The Red Skelton Show
02:39
George Balzer on writing for The Don Knotts Show
00:42

Bob Banner

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Bob Banner on directing and producing The Fred Waring Show
16:31
Bob Banner on producing The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
07:08
Bob Banner on producing Peggy Fleming Visits the Soviet Union
05:43
Bob Banner on producing The Colgate Comedy Hour
00:58
Bob Banner on working with Frank Sinatra on a number of his television specials
06:58
Bob Banner on producing The Jimmy Dean Show
01:19
Bob Banner on working with Ethel Merman on the special A Salute to American Imagination
01:57
Bob Banner on Carol Burnett's contributions on The Garry Moore Show
06:12
Bob Banner on producing The Carol Burnett Show
03:22
Bob Banner on Solid Gold's popularity in Israel
03:24
Bob Banner on working on various Perry Como Specials
07:09
Bob Banner on the decline of variety programming in the '80s and '90s
02:45
Bob Banner on working with Jim Henson and Muppets on The Jimmy Dean Show  and A Sesame Street Christmas 
04:27
Bob Banner on producing It's Showtime at the Apollo
05:28
Bob Banner on producing Solid Gold
04:03
Bob Banner on producing Star Search
02:55

Paris Barclay

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Paris Barclay on directing a music video for Bob Dylan
03:15
Paris Barclay on directing the music video for LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out"
02:42

Ted Bergmann

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Ted Bergmann on commercial placement and the stars on Cavalcade of Stars
11:37
Ted Bergmann on producing the precursor to The Grammys, original titled The Best On Record
08:12

Milton Berle

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Milton Berle on getting approached by Texaco to star in their new TV show, Texaco Star Theater
04:04
Milton Berle on the beginnings of Texaco Star Theater
02:46
Milton Berle on the lore of him stealing jokes for Texaco Star Theater
03:51
Milton Berle on how he contributed to the success of Texaco Star Theater
07:14
Milton Berle on memorable live television mishaps on Texaco Star Theater
08:35
Milton Berle on a memorable live television mishap with Red Buttons on Texaco Star Theater
03:36
Milton Berle on the mishap with the "Barber of Seville" sketch on Texaco Star Theater and how it affected the subsequent sketch
04:26
Milton Berle on a typical work-week on Texaco Star Theater
10:01
Milton Berle on memorable guest stars on Texaco Star Theater
06:12
Milton Berle on a memorable flashback scene on Texaco Star Theater
04:25

Shelley Berman

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Shelley Berman on coming up with new material for his 22 Ed Sullivan Show performances; on dealing with censors on live television
06:21

Steve Binder

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Steve Binder on Shindig and Hullabaloo
03:34
Steve Binder on producing Petula, and the controversy surrounding a segment of it (part 1)
04:49
Steve Binder on producing and directing Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special
09:49
Steve Binder on producing and directing 1977's The Barry Manilow Special
09:49
Steve Binder on directing Diana Ross in Central Park (1985)
04:02

Sam Bobrick

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Sam Bobrick on getting a job in the ABC mailroom, and on starting to write jokes for The Ray Bolger Show
03:56
Sam Bobrick on writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
03:03
Sam Bobrick on writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
27:53
Sam Bobrick on writing for The Kraft Music Hall
12:00

Vin Di Bona

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Vin Di Bona on producing On Stage America
07:38

Pat Boone

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Pat Boone on his path to Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour
09:06
Pat Boone on going on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts
03:21
Pat Boone on his show The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom and TV in the 1950s
55:05

Al Borden

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Al Borden on being propmaster for The Colgate Comedy Hour
26:34
Al Borden on being propmaster on The Colgate Comedy Hour
17:55
Al Borden on being propmaster for Texaco Star Theater  with Milton Berle
03:22
Al Borden on being propmaster for The Bob Hope Chevy Show
25:38
Al Borden on being propmaster Bob Hope's USO specials
28:29
Al Borden on being propmaster on Bob Hope's specials
04:58

Bernie Brillstein

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Bernie Brillstein on getting Muppet Ralph the dog on The Jimmy Dean Show
02:16
Bernie Brillstein on Elvis Presley on Stage Show
04:23

Carol Burnett

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Carol Burnett on starting to like television when she did musical comedy/variety on The Garry Moore Show
00:59
Carol Burnett on how she became a regular on The Garry Moore Show
01:22
Carol Burnett on the famous "Went with the Wind!" sketch on The Carol Burnett Show
00:49
Carol Burnett on her co-stars and how she created characters on The Carol Burnett Show
08:20
Carol Burnett on her favorite moment on The Garry Moore Show - on her last day on the show when the cast purposely ruined a scene to see how she'd react
04:06
Carol Burnett on the variety format and whether or not she thinks it could make a comeback
01:47

Vince Calandra

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Vince Calandra on getting hired to handle cue cards for The Ed Sullivan Show
04:45
Vince Calandra on doing cue cards and being production coordinator on The Ed Sullivan Show
28:11
Vince Calandra on moving from production into talent coordinating on The Ed Sullivan Show
28:44
Vince Calandra on being promoted to talent coordinator for The Ed Sullivan Show; on how he scouted talent; on booking meetings and pay scales for The Ed Sullivan Show; on how he booked the Beatles' appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964
27:45
Vince Calandra on first meeting The Beatles; on The Beatles' historic first performance on The E d Sullivan Sh; on controversial performances on The Ed Sullivan Show
28:00
Vince Calandra on some of the comics and guests on the show: Alan King, John Byne, Topo Gigio, Senor Wences, Alan King, Fred Astaire, and more; on the cancellation of the show
28:18
Vince Calandra on the cancellation of The Ed Sullivan Show
08:31
Vince Calandra on becoming a talent executive for The Mike Douglas Show; on some of the show's guests and working with Mike Douglas
17:32

George Carlin

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George Carlin on how the HBO specials helped contribute to his long career
01:47

Diahann Carroll

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Diahann Carroll on The Sammy Davis Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration special (airdate: February 4, 1990)
01:58

Marge Champion

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Marge Champion on dancing on Admiral Broadway Revue
03:42
Marge Champion on dancing on Your Show of Shows
06:23
Marge Champion on leaving Admiral Broadway Revue  and going on the road with Gower Champion 
05:53
Marge Champion on working on The Dinah Shore Show  and various other television shows in the late '50s
07:18
Marge Champion on appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show  with Gower Champion and touring the Soviet Union with Ed Sullivan
15:49
Marge Champion on dancing with Gower Champion on The Perry Como Show
03:08
Marge Champion on her and Gower Champion's final television appearance on The Bell Telephone Hour
02:43

Cyd Charisse

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Cyd Charisse on her first television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
03:07
Cyd Charisse on The Hollywood Palace produced by Nick Vanoff
00:53
Cyd Charisse on the Cyd Charisse Special  and Center Stage: Cyd Charisse  and working with various choreographers including Tony Charmoli
02:52
Cyd Charisse on appearing on Gene Kelly's American in Pasadena  special 
01:18
Cyd Charisse on appearing on The Kennedy Center Honors  to honor Donald O'Connor
01:22

Tony Charmoli

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Tony Charmoli on choreographing Giselle McKenzie for Your Hit Parade and the challenges of working in live TV
05:23
Tony Charmoli on choreographing for an hour long show versus an half hour show while working on The Dinah Shore Show
01:32
Tony Charmoli on choreographing for The Danny Kaye Show
11:52
Tony Charmoli on Danny Kaye's writing team for The Danny Kaye Show
05:28
Tony Charmoli on choreographing for The Julie Andrews Hour
03:47
Tony Charmoli on choreographing for the variety-series The Julie Andrews Hour
04:31
Tony Charmoli on winning an Emmy for choreographing and directing for a Mitzi Gaynor special
04:40
Tony Charmoli on winning and Emmy for directing and choreographing the special Gypsy In My Soul for Shirley MacLaine
04:29

Roy Christopher

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Roy Christopher on doing production design for The Richard Pryor Show
07:20
Roy Christopher on doing production design for Midnight Special
03:23
Roy Christopher on doing production design for The Carol Burnett Show (1991), and on working with Carol and Lucille Ball
04:34
Roy Christopher on doing art direction for The Dean Martin Show and The Pat Boone Show
11:43

Dick Clark

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Dick Clark on Dick Clark's Caravan of Music, later renamed American Bandstand, and on moving from doing the radio to television version of Bandstand
28:49
Dick Clark on the many decades of American Bandstand
01:37

Ron Clark

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Ron Clark on writing for The Jimmy Dean Show
11:31
Ron Clark on writing for The Jackie Gleason Show
05:43
Ron Clark on writing for The Steve Allen Comedy Hour
01:01
Ron Clark on writing for The Danny Kaye Show
02:33
Ron Clark on writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
08:03
Ron Clark on writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour  
12:58
Ron Clark on writing for Kraft Music Hall
03:29
Ron Clark on writing for The Tim Conway Comedy Hour
06:14

Alf Clausen

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Alf Clausen on being a copyist for The Carol Burnett Show  and various feature films
04:55
Alf Clausen on working as an arranger and music director on Donny and Marie
16:19
Alf Clausen on being music director for The Mary Tyler Moore Comedy Hour
06:33

Art Clokey

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Art Clokey on working on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
02:44

Nick Clooney

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Nick Clooney on hosting a teen dance show (The Nick Clooney School Salute) in Lexington, Kentucky and integrating the show
04:10

Gary Owens with Emerson College

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Gary Owens on Goldie Hawn on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, and the rest of the cast of the show
03:53

Doug Herzog with Emerson College

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Doug Herzog on the early influence of Saturday Night Live on his career and on the explosion of cable television
03:04

Jack Riley with Emerson College

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Jack Riley on writing for The Don Rickles Show
04:47

John Conte

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John Conte on announcing for the "NBC Spectaculars" for Max Liebman Presents and Producers' Showcase
02:45
John Conte on hosting the music series Mantovani
04:52

Tim Conway

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Tim Conway on his 10 year guest appearance on The Carol Burnett Show
02:20
Tim Conway and Harvey Korman on their first appearances on The Carol Burnett Show
27:02
Tim Conway and Harvey Korman on The Carol Burnett Show
28:52
Tim Conway and Harvey Korman on the end of The Carol Burnett Show
03:51

Pierre Cossette

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Pierre Cossette on producing television specials for Dionne Warwick and Jose Feliciano
07:45

Richard Crenna

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Richard Crenna on appearing on The Lily Tomlin Comedy Hour with Richard Pryor
02:48

Judy Crown

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Judy Crown on her first television hairdressing job on The Starland Vocal Band
03:38

Michael Dann

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Michael Dann on Milton Berle and Texaco Star Theater
02:55
Michael Dann on revamping Your Hit Parade
06:58
Michael Dann on taking The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour off the air
02:31

Elias Davis

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Don Knotts Show
03:32
Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour
05:04
Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Carol Burnett Show
17:29

Bill Davis

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Bill Davis on how he came to work in New York on The Jimmy Dean Show
08:51
Bill Davis on directing Hullabaloo
06:45
Bill Davis on directing The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour
08:00
Bill Davis on directing Hee Haw (Part 2)
14:09

Sam Denoff

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Sam Denoff on writing for The Steve Allen Show on ABC in 1961
06:44

Robert Dickinson

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Robert Dickinson on light design and winning an Emmy for Solid Gold
20:11

Charles Dubin

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Charles S. Dubin on directing "Judy and Her Guests, Phil Silvers and Robert Goulet," the 1963 special that served as the pilot for The Judy Garland Show
01:38
Charles S. Dubin on directing The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, The Virginian, The Meanest Man in the West, Tarzan, and The Big Valley
03:34

Ruth Engelhardt

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Ruth Engelhardt on packaging Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
02:49

Rod Erickson

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Rod Erickson on going to work for the advertising agency Foote, Cone & Belding as executive director of the radio version of "Your Hit Parade" on behalf of American Tobacco
03:41
Rod Erickson on how early advertising on television worked and on broadcasting We, The People
03:08
Rod Erickson on the Gulf sponsored programs We, The People and The Gulf Road Show
22:19
Rod Erickson on how Holiday Hotel, sponsored by Packard, got on the air produced by Felix Jackson
03:13
Rod Erickson on working on The Fred Waring Show, sponsored by General Electric 
06:23
Rod Erickson on working on The Arrow Show, sponsored by Arrow Shirts
03:03

Nanette Fabray

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Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show
01:36
Nanette Fabray on appearing on Texaco Star Theater with Milton Berle
01:49
Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Arthur Murray Party
01:25
Nanette Fabray on appearing on Caesar's Hour
13:26
Nanette Fabray on co-starring on Caesar's Hour
23:11
Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Dinah Shore Show
02:05
Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Danny Kaye Show
02:37
Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Andy Williams Show
01:01
Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and Art Linkletter's House Party
02:40
Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Carol Burnett Show
04:58
Nanette Fabray on appearing on Ford Startime
01:49
Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Bell Telephone Hour
02:29
Nanette Fabray on appearing in the special Alice Through the Looking Glass
02:49

Jamie Farr

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Jamie Farr on Sherwood Schwartz writing for The Red Skelton Show
01:19

Bob Finkel

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Bob Finkel on The Perry Como Show
05:23
Bob Finkel on troubleshooting The Eddie Fisher Show
05:54
Bob Finkel on The Dinah Shore Chevy Shore
07:23
Bob Finkel on The Andy Williams Show
02:14
Bob Finkel on the disappearance of music/variety shows
01:25
Bob Finkel on creating/producing The Jerry Lewis Show
04:56
Bob Finkel on the difficulties of residuals for variety shows 
04:01

Tom Fontana

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Tom Fontana on writing for America: A Tribute to Heroes 
01:53

Ian Fraser

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Ian Fraser on music direction for several Julie Andrews specials
11:59

Tom Freston

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Tom Freston on the creation of MTV
39:02

Ron Friedman

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Ron Friedman on writing for The Danny Kaye Show
07:49
Ron Friedman on writing for The Jonathan Winters Show
02:33

Betty Garrett

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Betty Garrett on appearing on the Art Carney Specials
02:57
Betty Garrett on appearing on The Chevy Show and The Lloyd Bridges Show
01:47
Betty Garrett on appearing on The Colgate Comedy Hour
01:29

Greg Garrison

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Greg Garrison on directing The Kate Smith Hour
06:37
Greg Garrison on directing Texaco Star Theater
02:40
Greg Garrison on directing The Standard Oil Anniversary Show for NBC
02:32
Greg Garrison on working with Hubbell Robinson and Jim Aubrey, and on making a deal to direct The Judy Garland Show and The Keefe Brasselle Show
07:41
Greg Garrison on directing a Danny Kaye Special
06:58
Greg Garrison on directing specials for Jack Paar, including Jack Paar Presents and on working with Jonathan Winters on those shows
03:23
Greg Garrison on directing specials for Jonathan Winters
02:27
Greg Garrison on why the variety show dropped out of favor with audiences
01:25
Greg Garrison on directing and producing The Dean Martin Show
26:45
Greg Garrison on producing and directing The Dean Martin Show and The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts >
14:19

Mitzi Gaynor

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Mitzi Gaynor on appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, the same night The Beatles were on
06:52
Mitzi Gaynor on her television specials
45:05

Mary Lynn Gottfried

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Mary Lynn Gottfried on working as a receptionist for The Ed Sullivan Show
17:32
Mary Lynn Gottfried on The Ed Sullivan Show
26:30

Herb Granath

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Herb Granath on working during the beginnings of television on The Tonight Show with Steve Allen
02:40
Herb Granath on working during the beginnings of television on The Milton Berle Show
00:42

Andy Griffith

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Andy Griffith on appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show, and on his feelings about New York City
04:17

Jon Hamm

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Jon Hamm on his experiences doing live television on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock
04:51

Dwight Hemion

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Dwight Hemion on directing Timex All-Star Jazz Show
00:49
Dwight Hemion on producing and directing Kraft Music Hall
04:25
Dwight Hemion on directing the Barbra Streisand Specials
11:19
Dwight Hemion on directing the Frank Sinatra Specials
06:55
Dwight Hemion on directing The Kraft Music Hall
09:25
Dwight Hemion and Gary Smith on the highlights of their partnership including the special Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
04:25

Skitch Henderson

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Lyle "Skitch" Henderson on The Lawrence Welk Show
00:53

Leslie Hoffman

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Leslie Hoffman on performing stunts for The Chuck Barris Rah Rah Show
00:51

Louis J. Horvitz

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Louis J. Horvitz on the concept for Solid Gold, which he directed
08:44
Louis J. Horvitz on Tony Verna asking him to direct Live Aid
03:57

Seaman Jacobs

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Seaman Jacobs on the format of The Ed Wynn Show, and on various bits that Ed Wynn did on his show
05:30
Seaman Jacobs on writing for George Burns' specials
06:09
Seaman Jacobs on writing for The Bob Hope Specials
11:03
Seaman Jacobs on writing for The Tim Conway Show
01:30

Geri Jewell

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Geri Jewell on the impact of her role on The Facts of Life and appearing on Norman Lear's special I Love Liberty
06:18

Shirley Jones

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Shirley Jones on appearing on Lux Video Theatre's "Dark Victory" and on The Ed Sullivan Show
01:56

Lucille Kallen

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Lucille Kallen on writing for Admiral Broadway Revue
07:13
Lucille Kallen on writing for Admiral Broadway Revue
08:57
Lucille Kallen on writing for Your Show of Shows
19:41
Lucille Kallen on writing for Your Show of Shows
28:08
Lucille Kallen on writing for Your Show of Shows and The Imogene Coca Show
15:03
Lucille Kallen on writing for Your Show of Shows and The Imogene Coca Show
15:03
Lucille Kallen on writing for Max Libman Presents and The United States Steel Hour
06:17
Lucille Kallen on writing for The Bell Telephone Hour
05:32
Lucille Kallen on her decision to retire from writing for television and focus on writing novels and on Your Show of Shows having been a training ground for comedy writers
03:27

Lynwood King

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Lynwood King on directing the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon
04:47

Ernest Kinoy

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Ernest Kinoy on writing for The Imogene Coca Show
06:25
Ernest Kinoy on his adaptation of Pinocchio 
03:13
Ernest Kinoy on his adaptation of Brigadoon  in 1966
00:57

Eartha Kitt

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Eartha Kitt on performing on The Ed Sullivan Show
06:55

William Klages

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William Klages on lighting an Ethel Merman Special
02:41
William Klages on working on Barbra Streisand's TV specials
01:06
William Klages on working on the Barbra Streisand Specials
04:11

Arnie Kogen

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Arnie Kogen on his involvement with MadTV
01:12
Arnie Kogen on writing for The Dean Martin Show
04:51
Arnie Kogen on going to write for The Carol Burnett Show
19:53
Arnie Kogen on writing for The Carol Burnett Show
09:16
Arnie Kogen on writing for Donny & Marie
06:52
Arnie Kogen on writing for The Jacksons
03:46

Harvey Korman

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Harvey Korman on joining The Danny Kaye Show
04:48
Harvey Korman on being a "second banana" to Danny Kaye
02:33
Tim Conway and Harvey Korman on their first appearances on The Carol Burnett Show
27:02
Tim Conway and Harvey Korman on The Carol Burnett Show
28:52
Tim Conway and Harvey Korman on the end of The Carol Burnett Show
03:51

Mario Kreutzberger

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Mario Kreutzberger on Sabado Gigante's legacy as the longest-running variety show on television
00:57

Perry Lafferty

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Perry Lafferty on directing Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge along with Buzz Kulik
07:10
Perry Lafferty on directing The Victor Borge Show and Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge
09:05
Perry Lafferty on producing The Imogene Coca Show, and on directing The Arthur Murray Party
08:42
Perry Lafferty on producing Your Hit Parade, directed by Norman Jewison
03:28
Perry Lafferty on producing The Big Show
05:36
Perry Lafferty on producing The Mary Tyler Moore Comedy Hour
02:07

Gene LeBell

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Gene LeBell on a stunt/dialogue scene he did on The Jack Benny Program with Count Billy Varga in 1962, and his experience working with Benny
02:45

Norman Lear

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Norman Lear on writing for Ford Star Review and The Colgate Comedy Hour
08:19
Norman Lear on writing for The Colgate Comedy Hour
07:10
Norman Lear on writing for The Martha Raye Show
13:47
Norman Lear on writing for The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show
06:08
Norman Lear on writing for The Andy Williams Show
10:21
Norman Lear on writing for The George Gobel Show
03:57

Jack Lemmon

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Jack Lemmon on his variety special 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, S' Gershwin
06:20

Jerry Lewis

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Jerry Lewis on The Colgate Comedy Hour
06:53

Charles Lisanby

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Charles Lisanby on designing sets on The Kraft Music Hall
02:45

Jay Livingston

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Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on music for Satins and Spurs - one of television's first 90-minute spectaculars
08:52

Loretta Long

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Loretta Long on appearing in some commercials and on her debut in the variety series Soul!
02:24

Sam Lovullo

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Sam Lovullo on producing Hee Haw and The Jonathan Winters Show
28:08
Sam Lovullo on producing Hee Haw
24:19
Sam Lovullo on producing Hee Haw
29:10
San Lovullo on producing Hee Haw
28:00
Sam Lovullo on producing Hee Haw
29:34
Sam Lovullo on producing Hee Haw
28:55
Sam Lovullo on producing Hee Haw
29:49
Sam Lovullo on producing Hee Haw
22:23
Sam Lovullo on producing Swing Out, Sweet Land
06:30

Susan Lucci

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Susan Lucci on guest hosting Saturday Night Live
04:10

Stewart MacGregory

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Stewart MacGregory on working with Perry Como on The  Kraft Music Hall
11:48

Bob Mackie

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Bob Mackie on Judy Garland and The Judy Garland Show
07:31
Bob Mackie on the famous curtain-rod dress he made for Carol Burnett "Went With the Wind," a spoof of "Gone With the Wind" on The Carol Burnett Show
02:17
Bob Mackie on costume design for The Carol Burnett Show
23:37
Bob Mackie on working with Cher on Cher and The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
16:38

Penny Marshall

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Penny Marshall on appearing on Saturday Night Live
06:34

Dick Martin

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Dick Martin on the writing, title, and era of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
03:27

Wink Martindale

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Wink Martindale on his hit song "Deck of Cards," and on performing it on The Ed Sullivan Show
08:01

Jerry Mathers

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Jerry Mathers on working on variety shows in the 1950's on live TV with Ed Wynn
02:07

Kent McCray

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Kent McCray on the experience of working as a stagehand for NBC on shows like The Colgate Comedy Hour and All Star Revue
10:21
Kent McCray on being unit manager for Bob Hope on a show from Alaska, also featuring Ginger Rogers
04:24
Kent McCray on being unit manager for a Bob Hope USO show that also featured Mickey Mantle
04:20
Kent McCray on traveling around the country as an associate producer on Bob Hope's USO Shows
17:19
Kent McCray on traveling to South Korea to associate produce Bob Hope's USO shows
09:28

Bob McGrath

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Bob McGrath on his association with musician Mitch Miller and working on the Mitch Miller Show
08:42
Bob McGrath on one of his first jobs in television, working on the NBC Opera Theatre
00:05
Bob McGrath on Mitch Miller's musical preferences and conducting style on Sing Along With Mitch
02:56

Ed McMahon

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Ed McMahon on playing a clown on the circus show Big Top, produced by Charles Vanda
06:16
Ed McMahon on appearing on the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon
03:43

Anne Meara

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Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara on rehearsals and material for The Ed Sullivan Show
15:35

Mitch Miller

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Host Mitch Miller on the attention he gave to the camerawork on Sing Along with Mitch (initially for the TV special that appeared on Ford Startime)
02:08

Don Mischer

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Don Mischer on the Motown 25 Special that made his production company well known - where Michael Jackson first does the moonwalk
11:32
Don Mischer on working with Dolly Parton
02:29
Don Mischer on producing Barbara Walters Specials
09:15

John Moffitt

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John Moffitt on joining The Ed Sullivan Show as a PA
18:43
John Moffitt on The Beatles' appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
03:55
John Moffitt on The Beatles' appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show  (cont.)
06:25
John Moffitt on directing The Richard Pryor Show
10:54

Leslie Moonves

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Leslie Moonves on the CBS 9/11 tribute
02:48

Mary Tyler Moore

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Mary Tyler Moore on her special, Mary's Incredible Dream (1976)
01:10

Thomas W. Moore

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Thomas W. Moore on programming and developing The Frank Sinatra Show
06:22
Thomas W. Moore on programming and developing The Jerry Lewis Show, and The Hollywood Palace
05:54

Howard Morris

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Howard Morris on co-starring on The Admiral Broadway Revue
07:10
Howard Morris on co-starring on Your Show of Shows
08:40
Howard Morris on co-starring on Caesar's Hour
03:18
Howard Morris on The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special
00:49
Howard Morris on directing Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, and The Beatrice Arthur Special
00:38

Robert Mott

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Robert Mott on a sound effects blooper on The Jackie Gleason Show
01:24
Robert Mott on doing sound effects for The Arthur Godfrey Show
01:52
Robert Mott on doing sound effects for The Ed Sullivan Show 
03:17
Robert Mott on working on The Garry Moore Show
06:03
Robert Mott on moving to Los Angeles and working on The Red Skelton Show
03:08

Thad Mumford

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Thad Mumford on writing for The Flip Wilson Show
05:50

Bob Newhart

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Bob Newhart on his short-lived variety show The Bob Newhart Show
07:59

Bernie Orenstein

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Bernie Orenstein on getting a job writing on The Hollywood Palace after The Les Crane Show was cancelled
02:43
Bernie Orenstein on producing The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show with Saul Turteltaub
04:38

Gail Parent

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Gail Parent on writing for The Carol Burnett Show (Part 1)
44:57
Gail Parent on writing for The Carol Burnett Show  (Part 2)
31:35

Marty Pasetta

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Marty Pasetta on directing The Smothers' Brothers Comedy Hour
09:06
Marty Pasetta on directing Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii
13:35

Don Pike

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Don Pike on being technical director for Lights Out  and Your Hit Parade 
04:31
Don Pike on acting as color coordinator for The Perry Como Show
06:53

David Pollock

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Don Knotts Show
03:32
Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour
05:04
Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Carol Burnett Show
17:29

Mike Post

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Mike Post on what he learned working with various musical guests on The Andy Williams Show
02:14

Carroll Pratt

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Carroll Pratt on providing a laugh track for The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, The Brady Bunch, Gilligan's Island, My Favorite Martian, Happy Days, and The Andy Griffith Show
05:14
Carroll Pratt on providing a laugh track for The Carol Burnett Show, The Jeffersons, Mama's Family, and The Bob Newhart Show, and on not getting screen credit for his work
03:35
Carroll Pratt on providing a laugh track for Hee Haw, on dealing with regional and ethnic audiences when creating a laugh track, and on creating a laugh track for American shows that have been dubbed into another language
06:14

Charlotte Rae

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Charlotte Rae on performing on The Ed Sullivan Show
02:16
Charlotte Rae on working with Milton Berle on The Jackie Gleason Show
01:44

Hector Ramirez

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Hector Ramirez on how shooting a variety show differs from shooting a sitcom
01:00

Joyce Randolph

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Joyce Randolph on the cast of The Honeymooners  (on Calvalcade of Stars and The Jackie Gleason Show)
11:52

Arthur Rankin, Jr.

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Arthur Rankin Jr. on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
13:07
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing The Cricket on the Hearth and The Ballad of Smokey the Bear with James Cagney
05:28
Arthur Rankin Jr. on The Wacky World of Mother Goose with Margaret Rutherford
02:02
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing The Little Drummer Boy
02:11
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing Frosty the Snowman with Jimmy Durante
04:09
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians
03:23
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing Santa Claus is Coming to Town with Fred Astaire and Mickey Rooney
05:17
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail and The Mouse on the Mayflower
02:50
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters
04:03
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing The Year without a Santa Claus starring Shirley Booth
04:07
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing First Christmas, and on getting the rights to White Christmas from Irving Berlin
02:48
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing The First Easter Rabbit
01:32
Arthur Rankin Jr. on adapting The Hobbit for television
05:23
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing Jack Frost with Buddy Hackett
02:57
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing Leprechaun's Christmas Gold
01:49
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing The Coneheads
02:19
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing The Wind in the Willows
02:13

Marian Rees

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Marian Rees on working on The  Dennis Day Show
07:34
Marian Rees on to work as a production assistant on An Evening With Fred Astaire 
14:40

Carl Reiner

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Performer/writer Carl Reiner on Your Show of Shows
22:52
Performer/writer Carl Reiner on Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour
16:37

Ed Resnick

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Ed Resnick on shooting Korla Pandit's Adventure in Music
02:14

John Rich

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John Rich on being stage manager/AD on The Colgate Comedy Hour
11:17
John Rich on directing The Ezio Pinza Show
04:43

Thomas Schlamme

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Thomas Schlamme on directing Whoopi Goldberg's HBO special Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway
05:39
Thomas Schlamme on directing Bette Midler's HBO special Art or Bust
03:55

George Schlatter

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George Schlatter on booking and producing The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
08:20
George Schlatter on producing The Judy Garland Show
07:11

John Shaffner

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John Shaffner on set design for Star Search
08:01
John Shaffner on set design for David Copperfield
11:02

William Shatner

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William Shatner on the experience of hosting Saturday Night Live
06:46

Jack Shea

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Jack Shea on being hired for the "Bob Hope Specials" and "Jerry Lewis Specials" and on Jerry Lewis' personality and Bob Hope's interest in the quality of the writing staff
07:21
Jack Shea on directing The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour and working with Glen Campbell and his parents
03:40

James Sheldon

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James Sheldon on directing Holiday Hotel
03:06
James Sheldon on directing The Eddie Albert Show and working with Eddie Albert
03:30

Fred Silverman

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Fred Silverman on promoting variety shows like The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour
00:41

Garry Simpson

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Garry Simpson on directing Macbeth for NBC- considered NBC's first "spectacular"
05:16
Garry Simpson on directing Four Star Revue
03:05
Garry Simpson on directing Jimmy Durante, Ed Wynn, and Jackie Gleason on Four Star Revue
16:48
Garry Simpson on directing the Ford Festival
07:59

Sid Smith

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Sid Smith on the format, setup, and surveys on Your Hit Parade
05:40
Sid Smith on the studio and music setup, musical guests, and favorite memories of Eddie Condon's Floor Show
06:02
Sid Smith on directing Your Hit Parade
07:34
Sid Smith on directing Jimmy Durante on All Star Revue
13:43
Sid Smith on directing Jimmy Durante on The Jimmy Durante Show
06:20
Sid Smith on the writing, format, guests and audience response to The Jimmy Durante Show
23:22
Sid Smith on becoming one of the main directors of The Bell Telephone Hour
02:40
Sid Smith on the staging of and memorable performances on The Bell Telephone Hour
22:33
Sid Smith on his seventeen year association with Bob Hope, directing Bob Hope Specials
10:52
On directing and producing the Miss U.S.A. and Miss Universe pageants
06:56
Sid Smith on directing Bob Hope Specials
15:55
Sid Smith on directing Circus of the Stars
07:12

Dick Smith

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Dick Smith on his work on Hour Glass with Bert Lahr and his spinning toupee
02:08

G.E. Smith

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G.E. Smith on being music director for Saturday Night Live (Part 1)
15:48
G.E. Smith on being music director on Saturday Night Live (Part 2)
50:49

Dick Smothers

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the changing social and political views in the sixties as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour came on the air
02:14
Tom and Dick Smothers on the variety show genre and  working with CBS executives on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
04:03
Tom and Dick Smothers on how their comedy show transcended the variety format
02:25

Tom Smothers

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the changing social and political views in the sixties as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour came on the air
02:14
Tom and Dick Smothers on the variety show genre and  working with CBS executives on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
04:03
Tom and Dick Smothers on how their comedy show transcended the variety format
02:25

Herbert F. Solow

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Herbert F. Solow on producing the documentary, Elvis: That's the Way It Is
04:54

Jean Stapleton

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Jean Stapleton on consciously trying to avoid being typecast as "Edith Bunker," by declining, among other things, guest appearances on variety shows that were a variation of "Edith"
01:32

Ben Starr

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Ben Starr on his first television job, writing for The Jack Carter Show; on the show's intense production schedule
07:27

Jeremy Stevens

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Jeremy Stevens on writing for Playboy After Dark
08:16
Jeremy Stevens on writing for The Richard Pryor Show
06:45
Jeremy Stevens on writing for Saturday Night Live
14:10
Jeremy Stevens on writing for Saturday Night Live
08:44

Dick Stiles

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Dick Stiles on working at CBS Television City as a page in the early '60s and on becoming a draftsman for The Red Skelton Show
07:54

Jerry Stiller

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Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara on rehearsals and material for The Ed Sullivan Show
15:35

Gale Storm

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Gale Storm on appearing on Milton Berle's variety show
26:19
Gale Storm on her appearances on The Perry Como Show
02:23
Gale Storm on hosting the NBC Comedy Hour nine times
05:22
Gale Storm on her memories of filming scenes for a special with Bob Hope
02:00
Gale Strom on the producer of The Colgate Comedy Hour Ernie Glucksman
00:18

George Sunga

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George Sunga on being Production Supervisor on The Judy Garland Show
08:55
George Sunga on being Associate Producer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
03:52
George Sunga on producing The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
24:50

William Tankersley

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William Tankersley on CBS Standards & Practices' problems with The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour
06:00

June Taylor

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June Taylor on the June Taylor Dancers appearing on Toast of the Town (later The Ed Sullivan Show)
11:25
June Taylor on expanding the number of June Taylor Dancers when they appeared on The Jackie Gleason Show, and on working with Jackie Gleason
03:05
June Taylor on the kinds of numbers the June Taylor Dancers performed on Toast of the Town  (later The Ed Sullivan Show), and on rehearsal and budget for that show
04:29
June Taylor on the June Taylor Dancers performing on Cavalcade of Stars
11:11
June Taylor on the June Taylor Dancers on Cavalcade of Stars
06:15
June Taylor on the June Taylor Dancers on The Jackie Gleason Show
15:34
June Taylor on doing choreography for The Jackie Gleason Show
30:45
June Taylor on choreographing The Jackie Gleason Show
05:37
June Taylor on choreographing Stage Show
06:12
June Taylor on choreographing American Scene Magazine
10:31
June Taylor on choreographing the 1966 version of The Jackie Gleason Show
04:02
June Taylor on the potential for variety shows to make a come back
00:57

Ret Turner

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Ret Turner on costume designing for The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour
12:05
Ret Turner on costume designing for Donny and Marie
13:02

Saul Turteltaub

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Saul Turteltaub on writing The Super Comedy Bowl with writing partner Bernie Orenstein
02:25
Saul Turteltaub on writing for The Carol Burnett Show
08:15
Saul Turteltaub on leaving The Carol Burnett Show to be a producer for The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show
01:29
Saul Turteltaub on producing The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show and decisions he regrets making on the show
06:21
Saul Turteltaub on writing a special for Cass Elliot and how that led to Marlo Thomas asking he and his partner Bernie Orenstein to produce That Girl
01:52

Leslie Uggams

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Leslie Uggams on getting her start in television as a child on The Milton Berle Show and other variety shows
01:19
Leslie Uggams on appearing Your Show of Shows and The Milton Berle Show as a child and her interactions with the performers and writers
01:44
Leslie Uggams on her work on Sing Along with Mitch
13:36
Leslie Uggams on appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show
01:46
Leslie Uggams on The Leslie Uggams Show
07:37

Tony Verna

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Tony Verna on directing Live Aid and Sport Aid
08:46

Tucker Wiard

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Tucker Wiard on working on The Carol Burnett Show
08:25

Andy Williams

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Andy Williams on the genesis of The Andy Williams Show
03:30
Andy Williams on his Christmas specials and songs
03:22

Larry Wilmore

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Larry Wilmore on writing for In Living Color
12:26

Ben Wolf

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Ben Wolf on shooting The Red Skelton Show
18:30
Ben Wolf on working on the special Brigadoon, for which he won an Emmy
03:58

Bud Yorkin

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Bud Yorkin on associate directing The Dinah Shore Show
04:36
Bud Yorkin on associate directing The Tony Martin Show
01:15
Bud Yorkin on producing The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show
06:41
Bud Yorkin on directing Light's Diamond Jubilee  for David O. Selznick
04:13
Bud Yorkin on writing, producing and directing An Evening with Fred Astaire
12:04
Bud Yorkin on producing The Andy Williams Show
02:21

Leo Yoshimura

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Leo Yoshimura on production designing for Saturday Night Live
42:03

Alan Young

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Alan Young on his first TV show The Alan Young Show
18:05