Thus begins the March of Friday Questions.
Is your IMDb profile and/or production credits accurate? Do you care? Do you check? Have you made corrections?
It’s way incomplete. Lots of credits are left off and for some reason they have me as one of the writers of a Richard Pryor movie. But that’s better than it was.
At one time they had me as the location manager for JURASSIC PARK and (believe it or not) the dialogue coach for FLIPPER.
I haven’t corrected anything. I think my daughter Annie did go in and clean up some stuff.
If she goes back in again I want her to make sure to include the episode of BRAM & ALICE I co-wrote.
Richard Pride has a question regarding the CHEERS set.
Wasn't Frasier filmed on the same set? Can you describe that set in relation to the Cheers set? Where was Frasier's apartment, radio station booth etc?
Yes, FRASIER was filmed on Stage 25 at Paramount. Here’s the way it was laid out:
If you were sitting in the audience – on the far left was the radio station (modeled originally after KABC, Los Angeles). The apartment was in the center. Designed by Roy Christopher, I think that was one of the greatest sets in TV history. And to the far right swing sets were erected. Those are sets that change from week to week. One week there could be a wine club, the next a restaurant, etc. It was harder for the audience to see, but monitors were situated above their heads for easier viewing.
From Gary Bainbridge:
Ken, a Vulture article about the writers' room on Girls talks about the quiet and intimidating writers' room on Frasier. How did the Frasier room compare with others with which you've been involved?
Well let me first say that magic came out of the FRASIER writing room so you can’t knock success. Most of the rooms I’ve been in were a little raucous. And rated X. Actually, loud boisterous rooms are more intimidating than the quiet thoughtful FRASIER rooms. Try getting in your joke when six Mel Brooks are firing in lines all at once.
The Vulture article depicts the GIRLS room as more of a therapy session, where the writers reveal their deepest darkest secrets and fears in order to create stories that were emotionally raw and honest. I was in one room like that, for the show SIBS, produced by Jim Brooks. I found it enlightening, stimulating, and often really creepy. You talk about “too much information.” I learned things about my co-writers that were way too private and intimate. And I even revealed to them that I still talk up to vocals to records when I’m alone in the car. Now I can't face them.
Rick Wiedmayer wonders:
When actors, directors, writers etc get paid residuals for their work, do their agents also get a percentage of this payment?
No. Not a dime.
And finally, from Dave Bittner:
I wonder if you ever crossed paths during your radio career with Johnny Holliday, former DJ and current sports broadcaster for the University of Maryland?
Another similarity, we both ended up in the Washington/Baltimore area. I called games for the Orioles at one time and he’s still in the area. We would connect at O’s games.
We actually had a long phone conversation recently catching up.
He’s a great announcer and justifiably beloved in that area.
Another DJ who made the switch to play-by-play was Joe Angel, now back with the Orioles. How’s this for weird? When I was a Top 40 disc jockey I replaced Joe on KMEN, San Bernardino. Then, when I was a baseball announcer, I replaced Joe on Orioles broadcasts. Joe needs to become the DAILY SHOW host so I can replace him on that too.
What’s your Friday Question?