By David Everitt
Regarded via his contemporaries as considered one of television’s leading comedy creators, Nat Hiken was once the riding artistic strength in the back of the vintage Nineteen Fifties and Sixties sequence Sgt. Bilko and the hilarious motor vehicle fifty four, the place Are You?
King of the part Hour, the 1st biography of Hiken, attracts greatly on specific first-hand interviews with a few of the recognized television personalities who labored with him, equivalent to Carol Burnett, Fred Gwynne, Alan King, Al Lewis, and Herbert Ross. The booklet makes a speciality of Hiken’s sizeable expertise and noteworthy occupation, from his early days in radio as Fred Allen’s head author to his a number of Emmy-winning years as writer-producer-director on tv. as well as re-establishing Hiken's position in broadcast historical past, biographer, David Everitt locations him within the better tale of early big apple broadcasting. Hiken’s occupation paralleled the increase and fall of television’s Golden Age. He embodied the era’s top qualities—craftsmanship, a dedication to excellence and a particular, uproariously humorous and quirky humorousness. whilst, his uncompromising independence avoided him from surviving the alterations within the that introduced the Golden Age to an result in the Nineteen Sixties. His studies deliver a clean and in the past unknown standpoint to the medium’s such a lot amazing period.
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King of the Half Hour: Nat Hiken and the Golden Age of TV Comedy (Television and Popular Culture) by David Everitt