Mort Sahl: Shaping Laughter

In his trademark V-neck sweater, with the day’s newspaper tucked under his arm, Mort Sahl has satirized — and entertained — presidents from Eisenhower to Clinton. In August of 1960, TIME magazine pictured Sahl on its cover and called him “the patriarch of a new school of comedians,” including in that group such stand-up legends as Lenny Bruce and Jonathan Winters. The year before, Sahl was hired to contribute jokes to John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign speeches, but once Kennedy was in office, Sahl returned to his policy of making jokes about the incumbent.

Premiered September 18, 1989

Simply Simon: Not Just For Laughs

Neil Simon and the whimsical work of the beloved playwright are revealed through interviews with friends, associates as well as the writer himself. Featuring Sid Caesar, Matthew Broderick, Rob Reiner, Walter Matthau, Linda Lavin, Jack Lemmon, Marsha Mason, Mike Nichols and more.

Premiered August 21, 1989