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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta c - THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID - Tuesday, February 6, 1973 T Plenty of tension, frustration Writing gags for comedians tough assignment By JERRY BUCK HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Making people laugh can be a grim business. The men who write gags for comedians often work in an atmosphere of tension, competition, frustration and under the inexorable deadlines of air time. "A writer faces a Wank piece of paper and says now I'm going to be funny. That can be a little intimidating," said George Schlatter, executive producer of Tha Bill Cosby Show and the man who guided Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In during its formative years. One of the things that keeps the atmosphere charged is that gag writers rarely are contented men. Good comedy simply does not come from contentment and being at peace with the world, hi fact, it is an industry cliche that the gloomiest people in t elevision are the comedy writers. "I think there's a lot of ten- WIISON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL presents "THE WIZARD OF 01" Yates Centre - 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 8, 9 (9th sold out) Adults $1.00 Students 50c Art Display in Foyer Reserve seats on sale at Wilson or at the door sion in comedy writers," said Aaron Ruben, writer and producer of Sanford and Son. ''I can't think of any who are happy and carefree." GAGWR1TERS BURN Mel Tolkin, a writer for Bob Hope, who wears the expression of a man suffering from indigestion, said: "Writers have strong fc-slings. They look at an absurdity and turn it into something funny. But inside they may be burning up at what they see. Gag writing is a way of making a profession out of venting your anger." Another factor is that gag writers toil in anonymity behind big-name stars. Said Schlatter: "If the material works, the performer takes the bow. If it doesn't, it's the writer's fault. A performer can shrug and say I did my best with what they gave me. After a long period it could cause you to be glum." Ruben said: "Sitting in a room making up a joke, you listen with a third ear. Is it going to make people laugh? You dread the thought that this joke will die. Nothing compares to the performer who is out front when a joke dies, but you go through hell, too, wondering if it will work." WRITERS SCRAP One well-known comedian has been known to punch a writer in the mouth if a gag fails. Another once went through 30 writers in one month. "Hope is great," said Tolkin. "Even if he doesn't fully believe in a gag he gives it his best shot. If it doesn't work there are no recriminations." Tolkin often argues with his own writing partner, Lester White. Said White: "Some of our best things come out of our differences. If you can't justify it to one man, how can you justify it to an audience? We often set up little roadblocks in front of each other." .JOKES MAKE MONEY Despite all the nail-biting, comedy writing has its bright spots. For one thing, the financial rewards are great. Word for word, comedy commands more money than drama, and comedy writers are the highest paid in the business. "We have some good times, anyone would, but it's a serious business," said Norman Lear, producer of All in the Family and Maude. "You don't sit around breaking each other up. You're so accustomed to knowing what you feel is funny you don't laugh at it." Schlatter caid: "It's a balance. It can't be all laughs. It can't be all drudgery. A weekly television show is an awesome thing. Neil Simon can spend a year writing a script for Broadway. It grows and develops. Billy Wilder writes his own movies, but he also directs them. He knows how he's going to color it. But a television writer writes it, and he's on to the next shew. He doesn't have much control." ESKIMO ART Eskimos now produces almost $1.5 million worth of art annually. lations As pf January 1,1973-all visitors coming to Canada must have an Employment Visa if they intend to work here, or be registered with an Immigration Officer if they intend to visit more than three months. Those who arrived before January 1, 1973 have until March 31,1973 to register at a Canada Immigration Centre if they plan to stay beyond March 31. Some will already have legal permission to work here, or stay more than three months. They needn't register until this authorization is to expire. Exemptions AU Canadian citizens and landed immigrants are, of course, exempt. All diplomats and visiting Armed Forces personnel performing official duties here are exempt Foreign newsmen, visiting businessmen, clergymen, and professional athletes don't need an Employment Visa, but they must register to stay here more than three months. There are other exemptions: full details are available at any Canada Immigration Centre. Coming to Canada to work? Visitors will not be allowed admission to Canada to search for work. Arrangements for an Employment Visa for a foreign worker can best be made in Canada by the Canadian employer. He should contact the nearest Canada Manpower Centre, which will determine whether Canadian workers are available for the job. The Employment Visa will only be issued if no qualified Canadian citizen or landed immigrant is available. Penalties Any violation of the new regulations is an offence, and could result in a fine of up to $500, and/or imprisonment up to six months, and removal from Canada. Summary From now on, all visitors must have an Employment Visa to work in Canada; or be registered with an Immigration Officer if they intend to stay here more than three months. More information is available at any Canada Immigration Centre, and at many Canada Manpower Centres. And the information is free. I* Manpower Main-d'oeuvre and Immigration et Immigration Robert Andrasj Minister Robert Andras, Ministre TUESDAY ADVENTURE: Mission: Impossible, G |i.m., Cli. 7. "Shape-Up" tells of crime syndicate bosses in charge of the waterfront who extort huge sums of money from every ship docking at a west coast perl. CRIME DRAMA: Hawaii Fivc-O. (!::!() p.m., Cli. 13. "Will the Real Mister Winkler Please Die?'' is a maze of false identities, murder and Cold War espionage. COMEDY: Bob Ncwhart, 7 p.m., Ch. 7. Emily just can't understand the patient who's in love with Bob. ADVENTURE: Search, S p.m., Ch. 13. Lockwood must find a man who's spreading an incurable disease before ho triggers an epidemic. COMEDY: Flip Wilson, 8:30 p.m., Ch. 7. Helen Reddy, Dom DeLuise, Diana Sands and Kreskin are the special guests. DOCUMENTARY: Tuesday Night, 10 p.m., Ch. 7. Tills special traces the history of Japanese-Canadians from the 1930's to the present in "Watari Dori: Bird of Passage." MOVIE DRAMA: "The Cincinnati Kid", 1:05 a.m., Ch. 7. A study of a young poker player the Mew Orleans of the 1930s. WEDNESDAY MOVIE DOCUMENTARY: "Blitz On Britain", 1 (a.m., Ch. 13. Alastair Cooke narrates this account of the Battle of Britain. SPECIAL: ABC Aftcrscliool, 4 p.m., Ch. 11. A musical cartoon odyssey through the human body. Programs ore listed by tfor^ .Any variation in. program schedule,* is^'due to last-minute changes by4he:.(!l|Stf^^qliiH is not the responsibility of the Herald bV Anglo Distributors Stereo and Photographic Centre.- : .  * CHEC * Morley McGill and Allan Bell: Contemporary News; Doug Marvin: Contemporary Sports; Leo Dow: Farm News; Music We Remember: Sunday Mornings MONDAY thru FRIDAY 10:00 Chec Trading 5:00 Buryl Clark 11:00 Leo D-w 6:55 Farm News 12:00 John Oliver 8:25 Bob Hesketh 12:15 Farm News 8:35 Chec-line 12:20 Cattle Prices Post 1:00 Grain Prices 1:01 Call of the Land .1:00 Dave King 7:00 Jack Neufeld 12:00 Paul Tessier * CJOC * News with BUI Skelton, Rad Whltt, Bill Matheson; Sport - Brent Seely and Don Maclean; Farm and Ranch - Doug Card TUESDAY NIGHT 5:00 Probe 1220 6:00 World at six 6:35 John Walker 8:00 John Charles 12:00 Barry Hegland WEDNESDAY 6:00 CBC News 6:05 Jim Elliot 7:50 News, Weather and Sports 8:35 Phone Bill Show 10:05 Joan Waterfield and Jim Elliot 12:00 Probe 1220 12:20 Noon Farm 12:30 News, Weather and Sports 1:00 News and Grain Prices 1:05 Jack Thys 4:05 John Walker 5:00 Probe 1220 6:00 World at Six News, MON. THRU SAT. 6:00 Don MacMaster . ., _ 10:00 Concerts (Bob 2:00 Don TUESDAY NIGHT 6:30 As it Happens 8:03 Introduction to Tuesday Night 8:10 Tuesday Might 10:00 News, Sports, Weather CHEC - FM -fa Wthr., Sports - Hourly Consle) 6:00 Don Hedman MacMaster 1:00 a.m. Sign-Off ? CBR * Radio 1010 - Calgary Concerts, Winnipeg 11:55 Nations Business/ Syphony Provincial Affairs 11:30 ?,V!?!.r,'s Lnmi Rocl< 12:03 Radio Noon 1:55 Stock Market Slide- WEDNESDAY 5:30 Warm Up 6:05 Eye Opener 10:10 From the Capitals 8:00 World at 8 10:15 Five Nights A 8:05 Eyo Opener Week 9:13 This Country 10:30 Orchestral 10:59 Time Signal 2:03 Schools 2:30 Max Ferguson 3:03 Bob Kerr 4:00 BBC News 4:05 Home Run 5:30 News 6:00 World at Six SEE IT - IT'S NEW AT ANOLO NEW TC 83 SONY TAPECORDER Features - push button controls, aux. |ack for recording from radio, TV, 3?s" speaker, adaptor, earphone, carrying case, remote control microphone. ANGLO DISTRIBUTORS Stereo and Photographic Centet 419 5th ST. S. 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