"We get word from the parking lot that the guard had given them a hard time and they were going to leave. I ran to the parking lot and I actually threw myself on the hood of the car and they were kind of shocked. I just said, 'this is something I've been wanting to do all my life and I finally get to work with you guys and we all want you here! Don't let one stupid fucking guard convince you not to do this.' They laughed and came in and so I got to direct the Rolling Stones."
About This Interview
In his nearly four-hour Archive interview, Producer/Director John Moffitt describes his start in television, as a production assistant on The Ed Sullivan Show. Moffitt details rising through the ranks to become an assistant director on the show during the mid-to-late '60s and shares his recollections of several memorable guests including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby. He talks about producing television specials Good Vibrations from Central Park and Tribute to Monty Python and discusses directing the comedy-variety series The Richard Pryor Show, the late night comedy sketch series Fridays (with guest star Andy Kaufman), and the satirical HBO series Not Necessarily the News. In addition, Moffitt recalls the formation of Moffitt/Lee Productions, speaks of directing Comic Relief specials for HBO and comments on the challenges of producing The Emmys. Karen Herman conducted the interview on November 20, 2003 in Los Angeles, CA.