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Jack Douglas With The Original Cast - Live At The Bon Soir ~1961

On: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Jack Douglas
Lynbrook, New York, USA
Jul 17 1908 - Jan 31 1989 age 80
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Jack Douglas wrote for radio, television and a series of humor books, beginning with the bestselling My Brother Was an Only Child (1959).
On radio, he was a writer for Red Skelton, Bob Hope and the situation comedy, Tommy Riggs and Betty Lou (1938-46). 
Continuing to write for Skelton and Hope as he moved into television, Douglas also wrote for Jimmy Durante, Bing Crosby, Woody Allen, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, The Jack Paar Show, The George Gobel Show and Laugh-In. The producer of Laugh-In, George Schlatter, said, "He saw the world from a different angle than the rest of us. He was not only funny, he was nice."
He was best known for his appearances as a frequent guest on Jack Paar's shows of the late 1950s and early 1960s. On one such appearance, when Douglas was well established as a Paar guest, he was chastised by Paar for holding a stack of file cards with his jokes while talking with Paar. When Paar returned to television in 1973 and was confronted by unexpected low ratings, he had engaged Douglas to contribute monologue material by mail. One week there was no mail from Douglas, but his next package contained a note: "Sorry I didn't send anything last week. I forgot you were on."
Douglas and his third wife Reiko, a Japanese-born singer and comedienne, were also regular guests on shows hosted by Merv Griffin, Dick Cavett and Johnny Carson. The couple had two sons, Bobby and Timothy. Douglas' first marriage produced a son (Johnny) and a daughter (Marlene), and his second marriage to singer Marion Hutton produced a son, Peter. Excerpts from Wikipedia
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