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Dick Cavett visits Stan Laurel


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Dick Cavett has written a "blog" post at the NYTimes detailing how he had the supreme pleasure to meet and speak with Stan Laurel while Cavett was a writer for Jack Paar.


If someone had told me then that I would one day meet a member of that beloved team, my mind would have had no way of processing the thought.


I'd be as likely to meet Donald Duck.


Just out of school and working as a copyboy at Time, I returned a folder to the "L" section of a file shelf and noticed the next folder said, "Laurel, Stan." It was 1960. Who knew he was alive?



It is a fun read.


If one is interested, there are other Cavett posts to read about his comedy "heroes."

Groucho Marx (Part One)


Groucho Marx (Part Two)



And more. Go here -


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Thank you, hlywdkjk, for the heads up.


Cavett's NY Times pieces come infrequently but they're SO worth the wait. The comments are also often worth reading.


(Just for general FYI: the NY Times website allows only 10 free visits per month and it's easy to "squander" them as I always manage to do.)


Back to Cavett ... IMHO, he rates with Johnny Carson for his mastery of the art of sparkling conversation and proves the old adage: "Repartee is what the other person said."


There are a fair number of interviews he's done with all sorts of celebrities on YouTube, including his amazing talk with Katharine Hepburn, for whom interviews were as rare as hens' teeth.


Unfortunately, his hysterically funny conversation with the just-knighted Sir Noel Coward in 1970 hasn't been posted ... (yet).


His chat with Mae West for an ABC TV special is also fascinating -- while he dutifully plays "straight man" and sets up the Legend's quips, he also manages to get her to go past the schtick for a few moments of candor, especially when she talks about the death of her mother:









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