In another Zigory Show about the art and business of entertainment, Irecently interviewed Hugh Fink, a stand-up comedian, television writer and producer who has won an Emmy for NBC’s Saturday Night Live. He has also taught comedy at UCLA. This new episode of The Zigory Show will soon be available for listening and downloading on http://zigory.solidvox.com/.
He was the subject of an article in the New York Times on October 17, 2006about his plan to perform at his alma mater that went awry due to an attempt by authorities to alter his routine.We discuss this incidentinthe Zigory Show interview.
An articleabout David Spade’s Showbiz Show, with quotes from Hugh,its creator and producer, appeared in the New York Times on September 15, 2005(reprinted in itsentiretyelsewhere on September 28, 2005)and Hugh is also quoted in a Times article about Saturday Night Live on January 2, 2005.
I have known Hugh since our college years at New York University. It was great fun catching up with him and fascinating to hear his views on what makes something funny, what is the most important element in writing goodcomedy, the different types of humor, what one motivationhe believes all comedians have in common, and the steps of his career so far fromclass clownto stand-up comicto writer-producer. We discuss today’s edgy humor and what value it can have, what areits disvalues when mishandled, and compare it to softer, lightercomedy such asThe Mary Tyler Moore Show.
Whether you agree with his opinions or not, he is a knowledgeable,experienced professional in comedy whose comments are of interest to anyone with a curiosity about entertainment and humor.
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