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    The interview is conducted in MS with Kaye, Nancy Wise as interviewer and a puppet

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    TRANSCRIPT: KAYE: There has been a new language that has now been born I think in the Television industry. For some reason or other people talk about advertising-wise and production-wise and time-wise and weather-wise, and so we are going to talk Nancy-Wise. Now Nancy Wise-wise what do you want to wise talk about.

    WISE: This is the first TV series you have ever made, why have you waited so long before doing it.

    KAYE: Well I don't know

    WISE: Have you always wanted to do a series

    KAYE: I don't know

    WISE: But you've made a practice of only doing one thing at a time. Why is that?

    KAYE: I'll explain why. I was doing a film a year and I was working in the theatre occasionally for six or eight weeks and I was travelling for the U.N. And I probably felt that I wasn't active enough. In the words of my very good friend the late Moss Hart. He said, at some point or points in a man's life he must take life by the scruff of the neck and shake it up violently. I think it works rather well. I haven't felt this productive, this stimulated, this creative in the last ten years I would think, because of the rhythm of a weekly TV show, because of the absolute demand of having to do a show week after week. Every Monday we meet with the writers and the director and the producer and we all sit around a great big table and somebody always gets up and says 'Gentlemen it is impossible to do a weekly show on TV', and the whole crowd say 'hear,hear' and then we go on to work - but that same statement is made week after week.

    WISE: What is it about making people smile that you like doing so much?

    KAYE: I guess making them smile makes me smile

    WISE: There's never a Hamlet inside you?

    KAYE: Good Heavens, no. That's a big fallacy, all comedians are supposed to be desperately unhappy inside, or yearning for something to try to attain - Pagliacci. It may be true, I don't find it for myself. I find what I do, trying to make people laugh difficult enough, and there are many people who are far better equipped to do Hamlet than I ever could be. I'm quite happy in what I do.

    WISE: What sort of show is it, is the accent on personalities, or action, or what?

    KAYE: No, the emphasis is on an entertaining show and however we can best arrive at a formula for that, that's what we do. Some weeks it'll be heavier in the musical end of the show, some weeks in the comedy end of the show. But many variety shows are either musical variety shows, or comedy shows, and I think we have an enormous advantage in that in our show we can do both and have a happy balance between music and comedy.


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    Background: The interview is conducted in MS with Kaye, Nancy Wise as interviewer and a puppet

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