Friday, 13 May 2016

Sid Caesar on writing comedy at the dawn of Television #scriptchat

Adding this to my big tipper dump of 'fave things on the web'...

Can't look away from the parallels between digital and online experiments and the buzz of trying out new stuff, and what it must have been like working in TV in the 1950's...

The not really knowing what truly works...

Relying on legacy media techniques and practices to draw upon (which back then were radio, stage and film)...

Anyway, here's Sid Caesar talking about creating content in the 1950's.

Sid Caesar on losing his temper - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG

Loved this section at 5:15 - about writing and creating TV
You don't pick at little things.
When it's all over, then you take a look at the rehearsal.
Then you say this is what I don't like. But you don't pick.

When somebody's creating something, you don't pick at it.
You let it develop first.
Any way it goes.
While we were writing, we'll write more, we'll cut later.
Because then you keep the flow going.
When you keep the flow going, you keep the creative juices going.
Because when you're on a roll, it's very difficult to get on a roll.
When you do get on a roll, you've got to keep it going.
Don't pick pick pick. You learn that.

here's the whole damn thing:

Sid Caesar Interview Part 1 of 6 - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG" - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG

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