"It was not a big deal for to make the move to television because for years and years for radio, we always had a picture in mind as we wrote our scripts. A lot of comedy writers wrote differently. They were still trying to go on with the jokes that didn't quite make it in television."
About This Interview
George Balzer (1915-2006) was interviewed for nearly two hours in Los Angeles, CA. He recalled 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. The duo next worked on "The Jack Benny Program" radio show, and along with writers Milt Josefsberg and John Tackaberry, they transitioned with Benny to his CBS television program. Mr. Balzer discussed the writing process on the Benny show, and talked about some of the more memorable skits and comedy bits. Lastly, he talked about writing for Lucille Ball's sitcom Here's Lucy , and The Red Skelton Show . B-roll consisted 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.