By David Everitt

Regarded through his contemporaries as one in all television’s most well known comedy creators, Nat Hiken was once the riding inventive strength at the back of the vintage Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties sequence Sgt. Bilko and the hilarious vehicle fifty four, the place Are You?
King of the part Hour, the 1st biography of Hiken, attracts widely on particular first-hand interviews with a number of the famous television personalities who labored with him, akin to Carol Burnett, Fred Gwynne, Alan King, Al Lewis, and Herbert Ross. The ebook makes a speciality of Hiken’s colossal expertise and noteworthy profession, from his early days in radio as Fred Allen’s head author to his a number of Emmy-winning years as writer-producer-director on tv. as well as re-establishing Hiken's position in broadcast background, biographer, David Everitt areas him within the higher tale of early manhattan broadcasting. Hiken’s occupation paralleled the increase and fall of television’s Golden Age. He embodied the era’s most sensible qualities—craftsmanship, a dedication to excellence and a particular, uproariously humorous and quirky humorousness. whilst, his uncompromising independence avoided him from surviving the adjustments within the that introduced the Golden Age to an lead to the Sixties. His studies deliver a clean and formerly unknown standpoint to the medium’s such a lot striking period.

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