In his two-hour interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Dick Cavett talks about the wisdoms and anecdotes he's gathered over his long career in comedy. He talks about how depression and comedy go hand in hand, and how every performer puts on "the mask of sanity" before getting on stage. He also speaks of the Pagliacci Syndrome, which draws links between depression and comedians, and discusses learning from, working with, and/or writing for several comedy legends, including Jack Paar, Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Groucho Marx, and Woody Allen. He recalls his first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, shares insights into his style of comedy, and offers advice to aspiring comedians. Bill Dana and Jenni Matz conducted the interview on February 23, 2005 in New York City, NY.