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Carl Reiner makes significant donation to Comedy Center

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Today, on his 97th birthday, Carl Reiner and the National Comedy Center announced a significant donation. If he is able to travel that far at his grand old age, it would be wonderful to see him properly feted in Jamestown. 

 

Jamestown, New York – March 20, 2019 – The National Comedy Center and legendary producer, director, and writer Carl Reiner announced today, on Carl Reiner’s 97th birthday, an initiative to digitally preserve Reiner’s extensive personal collection of production-used scripts from “The Dick Van Dyke Show” – one of the most iconic, innovative, and beloved comedy series in television history.

The scripts, which are heavily annotated in Reiner’s own hand, have been stored away since the series wrapped production in 1966, and have never before been made available to a cultural institution for conservation or exhibition. Scripts for all 158 episodes, totaling more than 7,500 pages, feature detailed edits and additions made in real-time during the writing, read-throughs and rehearsals for each episode – providing extraordinary access into the script development and creative process for the 15-time Emmy-winning situation comedy.

“There’s nothing more satisfying than having an idea and seeing it through to find out that, not only did you like it, but the audience and critics all seemed to agree.” said Carl Reiner. “When asked, ‘Of all the theatrical projects you’ve done in your life, what are you most proud of?’ I always say, hands down, it’s creating and producing ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show.’ It was a labor of love.”

“I applaud The National Comedy Center for keeping the creative fires burning by singling out and preserving something most people feel deserves preservation,” added Reiner.

“This is a treasure trove of original material, direct from the pen of one of comedy’s most important and resounding voices,” said Journey Gunderson, National Comedy Center Executive Director. “We are honored that Carl Reiner has placed his trust in us as we preserve this incredible body of work — which will enable future generations of comedy fans and scholars to understand the creative process behind one of the most influential TV series of all time.”

 

MORE: https://comedycenter.org/dick-van-dyke-show-archives/?fbclid=IwAR2k1k1fwbkJY4LZIG3aZqUN4qBcjnnZ2vxWBJIFn8loUj9-BcmUIGWi0-Q

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On 3/20/2019 at 0:47 PM, Luvsbway said:

This sounds like something very fun to sit a poor over. 

Yes! Annotated scripts are always fun to read! :HALKING:

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