"Generally speaking, the dramatic roles are much easier. The reason that so few of us are good at comedy is that it's so damned hard. You really have to be good to be very sharp, indeed. Some very, very fine actors are lost in comedy. And they're smart enough never to do it. Have you ever seen Paul Newman in a comedy? He tried one."
About This Interview
In his two-hour Archive interview, actor Tony Randall (1920-2004) explains that it was his role on television's live comedy series, Mr. Peepers that launched his career. He recalls his early years in live television and his association with comedian Wally Cox and producer Fred Coe. He talks extensively about working on The Odd Couple and his enduring friendship with Jack Klugman. He also talks about his favorite, but short lived series, Love, Sidney, and The Tony Randall Show. Matt Roush conducted the interview in New York, NY on April 30, 1998.