Wednesday, August 09, 2017

EP32: Why I REALLY became a writer


As we approach the Emmys, Ken salutes the iconic DICK VAN DYKE SHOW and how it inspired him to become a writer.   Hint: Being in puberty at the time helped.  You’ll get the inside story on the making of the show (and learn things you didn’t know), Ken’s personal recollections, how he wrote an episode and turned it in 50 years too late, interviews, and Laura Petrie herself discusses her sex life with Rob. 


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7 comments :

Glenn said...

I was just discussing this at a rehearsal last night. Many of my theater nerd friends would rather go see a dark, depressing, heavy-handed show than a lighthearted comedy (which is fine, we like what we like). But they make it abundantly clear that lighthearted comedies and shows like that will always be second rate to this heavy "artsy" stuff.

Grae said...

What incredible timing for this podcast! Dick Van Dyke is from my hometown. Last night I received a package in the mail from my mom -- it was a 1942 Danville High School yearbook with Dick Van Dyke as a sophomore in it. A great-aunt of mine was in his class, and when she passed away a few weeks ago, my mom snapped up the yearbook because it was just going to go in the trash. She sent it to me as a surprise because she knows how much of a DVD fan I am.

The yearbook also has Bobby Short and Colby Carter (Lynda Carter's dad) in it!

I spent most of last night poring over the yearbook to find all of the photos of Dick Van Dyke. To find that your podcast was DVD-themed this morning just made my day!

Roger Owen Green said...

I'll have to give this to my 13 y.o. daughter to listen to. She's watched the box set of the DVDS on DVD

RMK said...

Have you already registered - How am I supposed to fuck Rob? .com - ?

Can't wait for Roger's 13 yr old to enjoy the end of the podcast!

Great stuff- loving the blog and podcasts lately.

Breadbaker said...

@Grae: the Hackman in DVD's class was Gene's older brother and DVD's best friend.

Kosmo13 said...

Would Joey Bishop's sitcom qualify as copying The Dick Van Dyke Show? Joey's character was a TV show host and a family man. The show depicted both halves of his life.

Mike Barer said...

It wasn't until decades later that I realized that on a real talk show, Alan would be the writer and Rob would be the talent.