Nat Hiken

6216128_124577166773

Hiken working with Phil Silvers

Today is the birthday of one of the broadcasting medium’s greatest comedy writers, Nat Hiken (1914-1968). In a career you might call charmed, he first wrote for Fred Allen for radio, then for Milton Berle for both radio and television, and then created and wrote The Phil Silvers Show a.k.a. You’ll Never Get Rich (1954-1959), and then created and wrote Car 54, Where are You? (1961-1963). After this spectacular run he wrote a television special for Carol Burnett in 1966, and the 1969 Don Knotts film The Love God (released posthumously).

And now because it’s my new favorite show, here’s an episode of Car 54:

To find out about  the history of the variety artsconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.

safe_image

And check out my new book: Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, just released by Bear Manor Mediaalso available from amazon.com etc etc etc

chain%20of%20fools%20cvr%20front%20only-500x500

About these ads

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 4,470 other followers

%d bloggers like this: