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The persistence of comic vision | Chuck's World


Last updated 5/28/2021 at 9:43am

Years ago, at one of the many lifetime achievement ceremonies for famous people of a certain age, Elaine May said something interesting about the honoree, her erstwhile comedy partner, Mike Nichols.

"Mike knows," she said, "that American culture changes completely every three years."

That line has been bouncing around my brain for a week or so, ever since I watched the speech on YouTube. I've been reading Mark Harris' recent biography of Nichols ("Mike Nichols: A Life"), and occasionally some anecdote will compel me to pause and do a little online research.

It's been 20 years or so since El...

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