The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)
The dark world of the comedian is an angle that gets played up a lot. Sometimes it's incredibly valid. Abuse, poverty, and isolation are [...]
"When [Stephen Colbert] graduated from his friend Jon Stewart’s show to his own, I was among the skeptics. I said he’d soon realize you can’t keep up this schizophrenic act of being a real person working behind the mask of an invented person—a character role—sorting out, moment by moment, your attitude from 'his' and thinking what Stephen would say versus what 'Stephen' would say. (Have I lost anyone?) Too many psychological balls in the air. I gave it three months. I also give stock-market advice."
— All-time great Dick Cavett in a 400-word ode to fellow talk show host Stephen Colbert in Vanity Fair.