Mort Sahl Quote

Here's a quote from Mort Sahl's article "It's Hard to Be Funny on TV and the Comics Are Busy Proving It", in TV Guide May 2, 1959, pp. 17-19.

To the reader who by now feels I have run far afield in my assay of TV humor, let me ask, "What humor?" The only thought-provoking wit is from NBC's David Brinkley, a newsman. As far as that goes, I have found what sense of humor there is in television to be among the public affairs people. Because they can experience rage they can also discern the absurdity of a situation. The "creative folk" on the variety shows have a greater dedication: the killing of time.

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