Performers who don't write their shows Page 3

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Rico El Vista

  • Thursday 24th March 2011, 7:08pm [Edited]
  • Scotland
  • 139 posts

Writers of merit and even gifted ad-libbers get much more respect as creative performers in my book.

One of my pet hates in 'entertainment' was the likes of Johnny Carson, who needed an embarassing stooge to feed him cornball, force-fed, staged quips and comments.

Still, Mr Carson did well enough to purchase a private tropical island out of his earnings. Apparently.

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MTpromises

  • Thursday 24th March 2011, 7:58pm [Edited]
  • New York, United States
  • 365 posts
Quote: Rico El Vista @ March 24 2011, 7:08 PM GMT

Writers of merit and even gifted ad-libbers get much more respect as creative performers in my book.

One of my pet hates in 'entertainment' was the likes of Johnny Carson, who needed an embarassing stooge to feed him cornball, force-fed, staged quips and comments.

Still, Mr Carson did well enough to purchase a private tropical island out of his earnings. Apparently.

This is about the most ill-informed opinions I've read on these forums.

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sootyj

  • Thursday 24th March 2011, 8:12pm [Edited]
  • England
  • 51,287 posts

You haven't been here long then?

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The Naked Busker

  • Saturday 26th March 2011, 9:47am [Edited]
  • Norwich, England
  • 15 posts

Writers probably write the central theme and then the comics add to it.

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Charlie Boy

  • Saturday 26th March 2011, 10:21am [Edited]
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 547 posts

Don't really see the point in this discussion. Tom Jones doesn't write his song.
And it doesn't prove that writing your own jokes makes the show funny. Harry & Paul is a prime example of stars writing their own show, and failing.

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Will Cam

  • Saturday 26th March 2011, 10:41am [Edited]
  • England
  • 7,907 posts
Quote: Charlie Boy @ March 26 2011, 10:21 AM GMT

Don't really see the point in this discussion.

Well done Charlie Boy, you have just summed up the strategic objective of the BCG.

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John M

  • Saturday 9th April 2011, 12:53pm
  • Aberdeenshire, Scotland
  • 212 posts
Quote: Matt79 @ February 24 2011, 11:11 PM BST

in a similar way to the cast of Not The Nine O'Clock News and Naked Video?

The only two Naked Video cast members who ever wrote material for the show were Helen Lederer and John Sparkes.

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Bill Jaguar

  • Saturday 4th June 2011, 10:57pm
  • England
  • 687 posts

What about Morecambe and Wise? I think I am correct in saying that they weren't credited as 'writers', certainly in their later years, but 'additional material provided by'. And yet they were funny, very funny, would liked to have seen more of them. Alas that is a problem with being slightly young, all the best ones have already passed on/moved on or stopped.

In regards to writing and starring in their own sketches being better or worse or whatever, I think that it doesn't matter so long as they perform their parts very well, Morecambe and Wise with Eddie Braben as writer being a good example.