Louis Nye with Emerson College

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Highlights
Louis Nye on developing his "Gordon Hathaway" character
Louis Nye on working with Charlton Heston on The Steve Allen Show
Louis Nye on enjoying working on Curb Your Enthusiasm
Louis Nye on his process for learning dialects
Louis Nye on the Pagliacci syndrome and the prevalence of depression among comedians
Louis Nye on advice to students about a career in comedy and on sacrifices he made to be in the business
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On doing dog voices on radio; on his childhood in Hartford, CT; on appearing on WTIC radio and being in the Hartford Players as a child; on what he learned from watching movies and listening to radio; on what drew him to comedy; on the first time someone told him he was funny; on his sister
On the value of humor; on material he did about World War II that he performed for G.I.s and for officers; on bringing back Old Vaudeville in his characters; on his characters potentially being offensive and on working with Jack Benny, Bop Hope, and Jimmy Durante; on developing his "Gordon Hathaway" character; on what makes people laugh
On the importance of knowing the comedians and history that came before; on enjoying foreign films; on his process for learning dialects; on working with Peter Ustinov; on working with Steve Allen and Charlton Heston on The Steve Allen Show; on tools he learned for getting laughs; on the business of comedy; on the Pagliacci syndrome and the prevalence of depression among comedians
On his work in nightclubs and on Broadway; on enjoying working on Curb Your Enthusiasm; on how comedy has changed since he started his career; on advice to students about a career in comedy and on sacrifices he made to be in the business; on what drove him to be a comedian and on his career longevity; on people expecting him to be in character; on never having a university education experience; on additional advice to students; on originality in comedy; on whether it was all worth it
Shows

Curb Your Enthusiasm

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Louis Nye on enjoying working on Curb Your Enthusiasm

Steve Allen Show, The (1956-61)

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Louis Nye on working with Steve Allen on The Steve Allen Show
Louis Nye on working with Charlton Heston on The Steve Allen Show
Topics

Advice

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Louis Nye on advice to students about a career in comedy and on sacrifices he made to be in the business
Louis Nye on additional advice to students

Characters & Catchphrases

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Louis Nye on developing his "Gordon Hathaway" character

Historic Events and Social Change

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Louis Nye on material he did about World War II that he performed for G.I.s and for officers

Pop Culture

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Louis Nye on developing his "Gordon Hathaway" character

Television Industry

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Louis Nye on the business of comedy
Louis Nye on how comedy has changed since he started his career
Louis Nye on advice to students about a career in comedy and on sacrifices he made to be in the business
Louis Nye on additional advice to students

War

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Louis Nye on material he did about World War II that he performed for G.I.s and for officers

World War II

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Louis Nye on material he did about World War II that he performed for G.I.s and for officers
Professions

Comedian

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Louis Nye on what drew him to comedy
Louis Nye on the value of humor
Louis Nye on bringing back Old Vaudeville in his characters
Louis Nye on his characters potentially being offensive and on working with Jack Benny, Bop Hope, and Jimmy Durante
Louis Nye on his process for learning dialects
Louis Nye on tools he learned for getting laughs
Louis Nye on the business of comedy
Louis Nye on the Pagliacci syndrome and the prevalence of depression among comedians
Louis Nye on his work in nightclubs and on Broadway
Louis Nye on how comedy has changed since he started his career
Louis Nye on advice to students about a career in comedy and on sacrifices he made to be in the business
Louis Nye on what drove him to be a comedian and on his career longevity
Louis Nye on people expecting him to be in character
Louis Nye on originality in comedy
Louis Nye on whether it was all worth it

Performers

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Louis Nye on what drew him to comedy
Louis Nye on the value of humor
Louis Nye on bringing back Old Vaudeville in his characters
Louis Nye on his characters potentially being offensive and on working with Jack Benny, Bop Hope, and Jimmy Durante
Louis Nye on his process for learning dialects
Louis Nye on tools he learned for getting laughs
Louis Nye on the business of comedy
Louis Nye on the Pagliacci syndrome and the prevalence of depression among comedians
Louis Nye on his work in nightclubs and on Broadway
Louis Nye on how comedy has changed since he started his career
Louis Nye on advice to students about a career in comedy and on sacrifices he made to be in the business
Louis Nye on what drove him to be a comedian and on his career longevity
Louis Nye on people expecting him to be in character
Louis Nye on originality in comedy
Louis Nye on whether it was all worth it
Genres

Comedy Series

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Louis Nye on working on The Steve Allen Show
Louis Nye on enjoying working on Curb Your Enthusiasm
People

Steve Allen

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Louis Nye on developing his "Gordon Hathaway" character
Louis Nye on working with Steve Allen on The Steve Allen Show

Jack Benny

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Louis Nye on his characters potentially being offensive and on working with Jack Benny

Larry David

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Louis Nye on enjoying working on Curb Your Enthusiasm

Jimmy Durante

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Louis Nye on working with Jimmy Durante

Charlton Heston

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Louis Nye on working with Charlton Heston on The Steve Allen Show

Bob Hope

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Louis Nye on working with Bob Hope

Don Knotts

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Louis Nye on Don Knotts and on how looking funny helps in comedy

Martha Raye

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Louis Nye on working with Martha Raye and others

Peter Ustinov

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Louis Nye on working with Peter Ustinov

Orson Welles

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Louis Nye and Bill Dana on Orson Welles' description of the difference between radio and television

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