Re: "Bashing" Harry Conn


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Posted ByLL on February 18, 2004 at 23:20:51:

In Reply to: "Bashing" Harry Conn posted byGerry O. on February 18, 2004 at 15:50:01:

: And speaking of comedy writers, have you heard about the reputation of Al Boasberg? George Burns often said that Al Boasberg was a terrible writer of "fresh" material, but he was a superb script "doctor". Comedians have often said that if you locked Boasberg in a room with a typewriter and a stack of blank paper, after a few days the paper would still be blank (or filled with unfunny gags)...but if you locked him in a room with a lame, unfunny script that SOMEBODY ELSE wrote, Boasberg could "punch it up" and make it HILARIOUS!
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Yepper. Jack said something along the lines of, "I wouldn't pay Al Boasberg ten cents to write a script for me, but I would [and did] pay him $1,500 a week to punch up an existing script!"

--LL



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