As a kid I was short and only weighed 95 pounds. And though I was active in a lot of Sports and got along with most of the guys, I think I used comedy as a defense mechanism. You know making someone laugh is a much better way to solve a problem than by using your fists.
Don Knotts was a really big influence, especially on the Steve Allen show. I mean, look at the guy, his entire life is in his face.
Every show wants to be like Friends, and so you`ve got these shows that literally are so much alike you could stack them on top of each other.
I don`t watch a lot of TV anymore. A lot of it isn`t the kind of thing you can feel comfortable with watching with your kids. And I still feel that way even though, now, my kids are in their 30s.
My career is pretty much over. I`m out in the Valley eating soft-boiled eggs.
Nowadays they have 12 directors and 15 producers and 30 writers. And all the writers want their lines said a certain way-which isn`t necessarily funny. I mean the lines aren`t necessarily so funny to begin with.
Harvey never had an original idea or thought in his life. I was out wandering around the country doing charity benefits, mainly, when I asked him to come along.
I`ve known Harvey for over 40 years and I worked with him on the Burnett show for 11 years. I guess you could say we`re about as close as you can get to being a comedy team.
At first I wanted to be a jockey. I rode horses in Cleveland but I kept falling off and I was afraid of horses. So there wasn`t much of a future in it.
I don`t see anything wrong with what`s going on in this country today, so I don`t really think much of it. It`s not something I watch.
Actually, we`ve done 75 of these shows and every one of them has sold out. But then we buy all the tickets.
If only my folks had beaten me, I could have gotten some material about my miserable childhood. But as it is, I`ve had a great life.
People enjoy sitting back knowing they won`t hear a lot of four-letter words.
I like to work a lot with wood. I make furniture that falls apart. I also sew.
I`ve never really taken anything very seriously. I enjoy life because I enjoy making other people enjoy it.
We kept a broad audience, and we didn`t make fun of people who had necessarily made mistakes in their life and burned them to the ground. We made fun of a commercial or a movie or ourselves.
I figure you`re only here for a matter of moments. Ever since I was a kid watching movies I`ve always wanted to make people laugh or have some sort of emotional reaction.
When I watch TV, I`m embarrassed by some of what`s on.
You can`t TV surf without coming across an Andy of Mayberry episode where you`ve just got to watch Don as Barney. That`s why I put Don in several of my movies.