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Larry Gelbart, Writing For Laughs

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Larry Gelbart, Writing For Laughs

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Larry Gelbart, Writing For Laughs

Larry Gelbart, Writing For Laughs

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Comedy writer Larry Gelbart won many awards during his career, including this 2007 Valentine Davies Award. Ryan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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Comedy writer Larry Gelbart won many awards during his career, including this 2007 Valentine Davies Award.

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In the 1950s, comedy writer Larry Gelbart was part of a team of television writers that included Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and others who wrote for Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour. Gelbart went on to develop and write the television version of M*A*S*H, as well as screenplays for Oh, God! and Tootsie.

Gelbert died Sept. 11, 2009 at the age of 81.

This interview as originally broadcast Aug. 19, 1996.

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