Television: Fresh Eggheads

The fastest-sharpening wits in television belong to dark, disheveled Elaine May and blond, carefully tailored Mike Nichols, both 26, whose dry dialogues are as lethal as cold gin on a hot day.

"It's not what they do," says Milton Berle, who caught their nightclub act "60 or more times" in Manhattan. "It's how they do it, and they always do it different." Last week, on Dinah Shore's Chevy Show, Elaine and Mike supplied a sample: a long-distance phone conversation between a self-pitying neurotic mother and her feverishly busy scientist son who is too busy...

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