Mel Tolkin

Writer


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About this interview

In his four-hour Archive interview, Mel Tolkin discusses his long writing partnership with Lucille Kallen. He discusses writing for such shows as Admiral Broadway Revue, Your Show of Shows, Caesar's Hour and The Danny Kaye Show. He describes writing for All in the Family as well. He also recalls working with Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner and Howard Morris. Bob Claster conducted the interview on November 4, 1997 in Beverly Hills, CA.

"When you began in television, you didn't have a television set.  It's an actual fact. And that's one of the biggest lessons in show business: too many people learned to write television from watching television, which is the reason so many of them are all alike. In fact, somebody once said that before you sit down to write, stand up and live. You have to learn from life, not from television."

Highlights
Writer Mel Tolkin on getting into TV with the short-lived Admiral Broadway Revue (and then back into TV with the follow-up, Your Show of Shows)
02:26
Writer Mel Tolikn on the talents of performer/writer Carl Reiner on Your Show of Shows
01:12
Writer Mel Tolkin on his first impressions of Sid Caesar (who he met on Admiral Broadway Revue) and his later relationship
01:49
Writer Mel Tolkin on the talents and temperment of performer Howard Morris on Your Show of Shows
00:33
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Chapter 1

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Chapter 2

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Chapter 3

Full Chapter Three

Chapter 4

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Chapter 5

Full Chapter Five

Chapter 6

Full Chapter Six

Chapter 7

Full Chapter Seven

Chapter 8

Full Chapter Eight
Shows

Admiral Broadway Revue

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Writer Mel Tolkin on Admiral Broadway Revue (and later Your Show of Shows) producer Max Liebman
01:26
Writer Mel Tolkin on what Admiral Broadway Revue producer Max Liebman saw in Tolkin's talents when he worked at the Poconos resort Camp Tamiment
00:20
Writer Mel Tolkin on getting into TV with the short-lived Admiral Broadway Revue (and then back into TV with the follow-up, Your Show of Shows)
02:26
Writer Mel Tolkin on the talents of Imogene Coca (on Admiral Broadway Revue and later on Your Show of Shows)
01:22
Writer Mel Tolkin on the format of Admiral Broadway Revue and the use of previously written material from when he and co-writer Lucille Kallen worked at the Poconos resort Camp Tamiment
02:06

Your Show of Shows

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Writer Mel Tolkin on Your Show of Shows (and earlier Admiral Broadway Revue) producer Max Liebman
01:26
Writer Mel Tolkin on his first impressions of Sid Caesar (who he met on Admiral Broadway Revue) and his later relationship
01:49
Writer Mel Tolkin on the talents of Imogene Coca (on Admiral Broadway Revue and later on Your Show of Shows)
01:22
Writer Mel Tolikn on the talents of performer/writer Carl Reiner on Your Show of Shows
01:12
Writer Mel Tolkin on the talents and temperment of performer Howard Morris on Your Show of Shows
00:33
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Sid Caesar

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Writer Mel Tolkin on his first impressions of Sid Caesar (who he met on Admiral Broadway Revue) and his later relationship
01:49

Max Liebman

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Writer Mel Tolkin on Your Show of Shows (and earlier Admiral Broadway Revue) producer Max Liebman
01:26

Howard Morris

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Writer Mel Tolkin on the talents and temperment of performer Howard Morris on Your Show of Shows
00:33

Carl Reiner

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Writer Mel Tolikn on the talents of performer/writer Carl Reiner on Your Show of Shows
01:12

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