I am the only surviving child of Ed Simmons, comedy writer and producer for over 30 years. He passed away in 1998, of complications from renal failure.
Growing up in a comedy writer\\\'s household, I learned a lot about what\\\'s funny and what isn\\\'t, good comedic timing, how to find something humorous in the darkest situations. My father was not an educated man, but he was brilliantly witty and had a natural comedic genius. He first paired with Norman Lear (who happens to be my cousin) back in the late 40s, and the two of them helped make television comedy history, writing for Martin and Lewis on the Colgate Comedy Hour. When I was in high school, Dad wrote and produced the Carol Burnett Show, and won five Emmys during his time with that program. It makes me so proud whenever I see a reference to the Gone with the Wind spoof, which is considered one of the top comedic moments in TV history. One of the best compliments anyone can give me is to say that I am funny -- I feel that I\\\'m helping to continue his legacy. I miss his greatly. On my wall is a plaque that was once on his. It reads: \\\"Comedy is the saving grace that makes life bearable.\\\"moreless