Radio & TV: Comedy Writers

There is nothing funny about being funny, at least not for TV comedy writers. Many have gone from gags to riches, but the men who sell their wit to TV comics insist that the job of writing a series of shows that are supposed to make people laugh, week after week, is the most grueling job ever invented in the name of humor.

There are probably not more than 250 practicing TV comedy writers in the U.S. As part of a research project for a master's degree, Frank Orser, graduate student in the department of speech at Ohio State University, queried...

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