"Henry Morgan had never had a writer before, so I had a hard time with him. He lived at the Park Central Hotel and his wife was sitting up in bed in the next room. He wasn't sure anything I wrote was funny, so he went in there and tested my jokes on her. Shortly after that I read that he divorced her because she had no sense of humor."
About This Interview
In his over three-hour Archive interview, comedy writer Seaman Jacobs (1912-2008) talks about starting out as a writer, in charge of writing copy for the Brazilian Pavilion at the 1939 Worlds Fair. He recalls how, after getting discharged from the Army, he wrote for radio personalities including Jack Paar, Bing Crosby, Ed Wynn and Henry Morgan. He then discusses how, in 1949, he made his television writing debut on the The Ed Wynn Show. He then recounts writing for Earn Your Vacation, Bachelor Father, The Real McCoys, the pilot for The Addams Family, F-Troop, The Lucy Show, The Jeffersons and numerous George Burns and Bob Hope specials. Charles Davis conducted the interview in Beverly Hills, CA on March 30, 1999.