There is no name for it. It happens every year. It’s one of the few really classy, unselfish traditions left in Hollywood. Television writers put in hours of work on their friend’s comedy pilots for NO MONEY. JUST BECAUSE THEY’RE FRIENDS.
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LARRY BLAMIRE: INTERVIEW – Phoef Sutton
MOVIE NIGHT – a blog by Author Phoef Sutton. Almost every week for the past ten (twenty?) years, my good friend Mark Jordan Legan and I have gotten together to watch movies. “Bad” movies? “Good” movies? “Cult” movies? “Weird” movies? Whatever you want to call them, it’s fine with me. We’re “film freaks.” We pride ourselves on unearthing the obscure and the wonderful. We were watching THE ROOM long before it became a cult hit. We love THREE DEV ADAM and THE VIY and MYSTICS OF BALI and ROBOT MONSTER and SH! THE OCTOPUS. If you haven’t seen these, track them down.
I’ve been thinking of my Comedy Gods. The people that make me laugh. Really laugh.
What is the “Writers’ Room?” It is the room where the writers of a television show work, live and write as a unit. In multi-camera comedy especially, it is a weird and wonderful place – the location of the “brain” of a TV show. To put it in STAR TREK terms, the Writers’ Room is the Bridge of a television production.
An Interview with Ken Levine blog by author Phoef Sutton. I first met Ken when I was a lowly freelance writer and he was already a legend, running a network comedy. Together with his partner, the equally legendary David Isaacs, he had already produced MASH and the first year of CHEERS. I was able to make the mistakes that all beginning writers make and with Ken’s help, I was able to learn from them.
The other day I opened the mail and saw that I had received a certificate from the Writer’s Guild of America, congratulating me for being a writer on one of WGA’s 101 Best Written TV Series. CHEERS!
So, as I was saying… I moved to L.A. with my dear wife-to-be in the early ‘80s. I had a job (clerk in a Crown Book store on Pico Blvd.) and a temporary place to stay, with my girlfriend’s aunt and her husband. Who happened to be Don Knotts. DON KNOTTS Don Knotts. One of… Continue Reading DON KNOTTS: HOW I DIDN’T GET STARTED, PART II »
“STEP BY STEP, STEP BY STEP, I CREPT UPON HIM AND WHEN I SAW THE SMIRK OF HIS COUNTENANCE, I GRABBED HIM. I LET HIM HAVE IT AGAIN, I COULDNT HELP MYSELF, I WAS GOING OUT OF MY MIND!” We all remember the routine, don’t we? A Man runs encounters a Stranger – a Stranger… Continue Reading SLOWLY I TURNED »
I came late to The Stooges. As a kid, their charm escaped me. Not that I wasn’t a fan of “old time comedy”. I loved Laurel & Hardy more than life itself. I found Abbott & Costello hilarious. I laughed at the Marx Brothers and W.C. Fields. The Li’l Rascals, I adored. Buster Keaton and… Continue Reading CURLY V. SHEMP »