"I'm the absolute most fortunate guy in the world. I'm not even sure what the name of the Yankee Manager was in their heyday. Nobody cared because they had Ruth and Gehrig. It makes my job pretty easy when I've got people like Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert everyday."
About This Interview
In his one-hour-and-ten-minute interview for the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College, Doug Herzog talks about his time at Emerson College, and the early influence of Saturday Night Live. He describes his early career working at CNN on the daily talk series People Now, as well as Entertainment Tonight, before landing at MTV. He chronicles his rise at MTV, eventually becoming Vice President of Programming, and later Vice President of Viacom Music and Entertainment Group. Herzog recounts his years programming at Comedy Central, bringing South Park, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and The Sarah Silverman Program to the air. He discusses the evolving standards of comedy over the years at Comedy Central, and outlines the business of programming a cable network. He concludes by speaking of his proudest career achievement, and his then-future. Jenni Matz and Bill Dana conducted the interview on February 5, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA.