"It was not a big deal to make the move to television because for years on radio, we always had a picture in mind as we wrote our scripts. The problem was they were still trying to go on with jokes that didn't quite work on television."
About This Interview
In his nearly two-hour Archive interview, George Balzer (1915-2006) recalls his start in comedy writing, first for Bing Crosby's "Kraft Music Hall" radio program, and then on the radio show Burns and Allen where he first teamed up with writer Sam Perrin. He talks about the duo next working on The Jack Benny Program radio show, and later transitioning Benny to his CBS television program. Balzer discusses the writing process on the The Jack Benny Program, and talks about some of the more memorable skits and comedy bits. Lastly, he outlines writing for Lucille Ball's sitcom Here's Lucy, as well as The Red Skelton Show, and The Don Knotts Show. B-roll consists of photos from his Jack Benny years (and featured stars Barbara Stanwyck, President Truman, and the Benny writers), as well as a photo with Sam Perrin and another with Bob Hope and President Nixon. The interview was conducted by Dan Pasternack on January 25, 2001 in Van Nuys, California.