"The Academy Awards - The Oscars. I've done twenty of them. It's a specialty; if your head hurts, you don't go to a podiatrist, you go to a brain surgeon. Writing awards shows is a specialty and if you've done it, at least they can say 'hey, he did it before- I thought he'd be good.' But for the most part, it's a thankless job -- and you thank God you got it."
About This Interview
Alan "Buz" Kohan was interviewed for nearly five hours in Los Angeles, CA. He talks about growing up in NY, his early childhood, and attending Eastman School of Music. He discusses working with longtime writing partner Bill Angelos on The Perry Como Special, and The Sammy Davis Jr. Show, and speaks of becoming a producer/writer on The Carol Burnett Show, for which he won an Emmy award. He speaks of his "speciality" - writing awards shows - and details events from the twenty-plus Academy Award shows on which he was a writer (from 1973-1991). He comments on writing for several variety shows, including The Ann-Margret Special, Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, The Neil Diamond Special, Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair is Back, The Bob Hope Special, Shirley MacLaine at the Lido, George Burns and John Denver: Two of a Kind; Baryshnikov in Hollywood, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Comic Relief,Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration, among many others. Karen Herman conducted the interview on September 1, 2011.