Iwasaki Library

American Comedy Archives: Oral Histories

Beginning in February of 2005 through June of 2007, videotaped oral history interviews were conducted with leading figures in the comedy world.

Most of the interviews have been transcribed. Browse our transcripts or read some excerpts from our interviews online.

These interviews were conducted jointly by Bill Dana and Jenni Matz between 2005 and 2007.

  1. Bea Arthur
  2. Ed Begley, Jr.
  3. Shelley Berman
  4. Lewis Black
  5. Eddie Brill
  6. Jack Carter
  7. Dick Cavett
  8. Tim Conway
  9. Irwin Corey
  10. Norm Crosby
  11. Bill Dana
  12. Vin Di Bona
  13. Phyllis Diller
  14. Sam Denoff
  15. Diane English
  16. Barbara Feldon
  17. Budd Friedman
  18. Larry Gelbart
  19. Shecky Greene
  20. Dick Gregory
  21. Charles Grodin
  22. Pat Harrington
  23. Hugh Hefner
  24. Buck Henry
  25. Doug Herzog
  26. Arte Johnson
  27. Rocky and Irma Kalish
  28. Hal Kanter
  29. Don Knotts
  30. Norman Lear
  31. Rose Marie
  32. Peter Marshall
  1. Dick Martin
  2. Jamie Masada
  3. Jayne Meadows
  4. Jackie Mason
  5. Chuck McCann
  6. Carlos Mencia
  7. Howard Murray
  8. Jan Murray
  9. Bob Newhart
  10. Louis Nye
  11. Gary Owens
  12. Janis Paige
  13. Bill Persky
  14. Tom Poston
  15. Carl Reiner
  16. Jack Riley
  17. Tony Roberts
  18. Paul Rodriguez
  19. Andy Rooney
  20. Jay Sandrich
  21. George Schlatter
  22. George Shapiro
  23. Leonard Stern
  24. Howard Storm
  25. Dick Van Dyke
  26. Dick Van Patten
  27. Bruce Vilanch
  28. Betty White
  29. Fred Willard
  30. Henry Winkler
  31. Jonathan Winters
  32. "Weird Al" Yankovic