And there he is!

From time to time, I wonder what’s happened to some quality creator or entertainer of my past. It’s been a fair while since John Hughes made a film, for example; is he quietly retired? Struggling to get work? Possibly just ill? No idea. None of my business. But nonetheless curious.
And so it was with Buck Henry, a man who was known in the 1970s for guest-hosting more Saturday Night Lives than anyone (a record which was eventually surpassed) without the audience actually knowing who the heck this guy was. Been 6 years since he had a new movie out as screenwriter, and 6 years before that for another one (neither of them the sequel to The Graduate he talked about in The Player.) He hasn’t been creating TV shows like Get Smart and Quark lately. And you have to pay close attention to see his acting roles.
And then I heard reports that he was on last night’s The Daily Show. Even though I’m about a week-and-a-half behind watching that, I skipped ahead. There he was… a little physically shaky, perhaps, but purely Buck Henry, smart and wry. And once again I’m impressed by who The Daily Show thinks to reach out for. I hope that his piece is recurring, as it appears likely to be.

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Published in: on August 9, 2007 at 5:34 am  Leave a Comment  

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