"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."
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.