Dick Van Dyke: (about Carl Reiner) His great talent was hearing your speech patterns, and your tempo and the way you spoke, and he wrote it so that you didn't have to do anything but the line. It was written the way that actor spoke. He did it for Mary, for Morey. He had Morey's (snaps fingers) rapid-fire– and it was so easy! That's great writing.
Barbara Eden: I enjoyed being on the Andy Griffith Show because it wasn't an obvious comedy. This was real life in a different world that a lot of people in America don't understand and can't relate to, but they love to watch it. And I think Andy knew that. He was this was a brilliant man.
Jim Nabors: (about "The Andy Griffith Show") I'd never acted before in my life, and so I remember Andy announced to the crew and to all the cast, he said, "Now listen," he said, "everybody here," he says, "this here is Jim Nabors," he said, "this is his first time to do this, he doesn't know what he's doing, so all you help him out as much as you can."
Art Linkletter: Danny Thomas he was a great storyteller humorist. He could tell one joke, and take 12 minutes to tell it, but it's funny all the way through. And then it's funniest at the end.
(About sitcom actors' need of a live audience.)
Mary Tyler Moore: You get a jolt from the audience when they laugh at you, and it just gives you that "oomph!" to go do the next part even better.
Joyce Randolph: (of Jackie Gleason) He ran everything, everything. He picked the costumes, you know, everyone deferred to him for every question. It was amazing! And he seemed to be right most of the time; instinctively he knew what was right, even though he wasn't a well-schooled man. Theatrically, he knew.
Marlo Thomas: (about Danny Thomas) He said, "If you're going to get an audience to follow you, you have to tell the truth the whole way."
The Andy Griffith Show – Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, Jim Nabors, Howard Morris, Ronnie Howard
Bye Bye Birdie – Dick Van Dyke, Paul Lynde, Janet Leigh, Mary LaRoche
The Dick Van Dyke Show – Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, Larry Matthews
Du Barry Was a Lady – Lucille Ball, Red Skelton
Head of the Family: Carl Reiner, Gary Morgan, Sylvia Miles, Morty Gunty
The Honeymooners – Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, Art Carney, Pert Kelton
I Love Lucy – Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley, Barbara Eden
Make Room for Daddy – Danny Thomas, Jean Hagan, Rusty Hamer, Sherry Jackson, Angela Cartwright, Andy Griffith
My Favorite Husband (radio) – Lucille Ball, Richard Denning