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Watching as The Muppets Go Hollywood For the First Time

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.)

At the beginning of 2014, I reflected on the past year of this column and cited a compilation of Jim Henson’s early work [...]

'Head of the Family': The Pilot for 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' Starring Carl Reiner

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 120,000 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 Dick Van Dyke Show began in October of 1961 and ran for fives seasons before quickly entering the history books as one of [...]

What I've Learned About Comedy From Two Years of Hanging in the Archives

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.)

When I started writing this column a little over two years ago, my intentions were pretty straight-forward: turn the time I was spending at the [...]

Jason Sudeikis and Dick Van Dyke Sit on Conan's Couch

Earlier this week, Conan O'Brien had a cool young comedy person (Kristen Schaal) and an industry veteran (Mel Brooks) on, and last night, he did it again with SNL's Jason Sudeikis and his childhood hero Dick Van Dyke dropping by the show. Here's Sudeikis giving his tips on playing Mitt Romney and talking about how he was careful not to destroy Meet the Press during his appearance on the news program. Hit the jump for the rest of Sudeikis's interview as well as Dick Van Dyke's full appearance. What cool old comedian/young comedian duo should Conan have on next? Bob Newhart and Danny McBride? Lily Tomlin and Aziz Ansari? [...]

Dick Van Dyke Safely Escaped a Fiery Car Accident Yesterday

Dick Van Dyke nearly lost his life yesterday in an accident while driving but is luckily all right. The 87-year-old comedic actor was driving on a Los Angeles freeway last night when the engine of his Jaguar suddenly caught on fire. He was rescued in the nick of time by another driver, one Jason Pennington, who TMZ says, "saw a car full of smoke on the side of the road … and an elderly man hunched over at the wheel … and ran over to discover Dick Van Dyke struggling inside." Pennington pulled Van Dyke from the car "as flames tore through the engine."

Van Dyke was slightly disoriented [...]