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Dick Cavett Reflects on His Worst Show Ever for 'The New Yorker'

Here's a video of the "excruciating" September 18, 1970 episode of The Dick Cavett Show, in which guests John Cassavetes, Peter Falk, and Ben Gazzara appeared to promote Husbands but were completely sloshed and ignored all of Cavett's questions. In a new piece for The New Yorker, Cavett reflects on the episode as "one of the most interesting evenings of my life" and his worst show ever:

Joan Rivers would’ve killed them. There was a kind of a sad aspect to it, really. I like all those guys. I knew them, each and all, individually. Not that we hung out a lot. But I was very fond of John, I [...]

Dick Cavett's Semi-Serious Talk with Graham Chapman

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 [...]

Dick Cavett Drops Some Hot Interview Tips

"I didn't always remember everything we'd been talking about. I was forever thinking 'Oh shit–what was it I thought of a minute ago while this other person was talking?' Eventually, I developed a memory technique… of creating an outrageous image. Like if they were caught stealing an apple as a kid, but then they start talking about something else, you picture picking up an apple and throwing it in the face of, I don't know, Mitt Romney or some prominent person. And that sort of startling image will trigger 'apple' for you later on. But I wouldn't throw an apple at Romney. Or a vote."

- King of the Interview [...]