Here’s an audio recommendation. David Steinberg, the comedian/writer/director who used to talk with other comedians on Showtime’s “Inside Comedy,” has taken the concept into the podcast world. As with the TV show, it’s too bad they only run about a half-hour, but the conversations are wonderful.
His most recent episode, with “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal, includes stories about the development of that show, but the best part is when David and Phil reminisce about TV projects they worked on that were disasters from the beginning. They each worked on sitcoms with two very good and talented dramatic actors who should never have been cast in anything comedic — Faye Dunaway and Robert Mitchum.
If your eyebrows raised at the thought of that, wait until you hear David and Phil talk about it.
Previously on Harris Online…
- My conversation with David Steinberg about Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and guest-hosting for Johnny Carson (5/2/15).
- My conversation with Phil Rosenthal about his PBS series, “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having” (9/26/15).
- My conversation with David Steinberg about the documentary of his career, “Quality Balls” (2/2/14).
- My conversation with David Steinberg about his sketch that ended the Smothers Brothers’ CBS show, directing Bob Newhart, and his rivalry with Robert Klein (3/2/13).
- My conversation with Phil Rosenthal about “Everybody Loves Raymond,” David Letterman, and Johnny Carson (10/31/06).