Show Business: Rhoda and Lou and Mary and Alex

Here's the writer behind all those lovable funny folks

Listen carefully and you can hear his laugh on reruns of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Sometimes you can hear him even without listening carefully: just wait for something that sounds like a Canadian goose with a terminal hangover. "It's in every show," says Producer Ed Weinberger. "It's like a signature. It's unique because he's not laughing with everybody else. He hears things that other people don't."

Both the honk and those extrasensory ears belong to James Brooks, and if he breaks up at his own jokes, he has a good excuse: Brooks is...

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