Pioneers of Television: Standup to Sitcom (PBS)

“In the beginning of stand-up, it’s the hardest thing in the world, because you are not good,” said Ray Romano. “It takes 30 years to make a good, a great stand-up comic,” Roseanne said. “And it does!” And yet it doesn’t take quite that long to get the attention of network TV executives, particularly if you delivered just the right, unique performance in late-night TV on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, or later, Late Show with David Letterman. That was certainly the case for both Romano and Roseanne. They — along with Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Bob Newhart...

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