"I wish I could do what writers of my generation do which is just - open the gate and let it come out. I envy them. It's hard for me to do. That's why I liked writing for television because I had to do something every day... So the best secret is and it's not a secret is just-- when (you) get stuck in a scene, write nonsense. But do something to keep your hand moving, doing something on the page. That's all. There are no great insights."
About This Interview
In his two-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, Buck Henry talks about gaining performing and writing experience in the improvisational troupe The Premise. He also discusses writing for such television series as The Steve Allen Show, That Was the Week That Was and Get Smart. He then recalls his many appearances guest-hosting Saturday Night Live. Jenni Matz conducted the interview in North Hollywood, CA on February 26, 2009.