Review: HAIRSPRAY at Dolby Theatre Featured in the comedy Jews R 2 Much Fun are Jamie Gallo and Evelyn Rudie (the Mothers), Tara Brown and Patrick Censoplano (The Lovers), Chris DeCarlo and Paul Linke (The Fathers). Photo courtesy of Santa Monica Playhouse Jerry Mayer, a nonagenarian from St. Louis has written and/or produced for many classic TV shows, among them The Facts of Life, M*A*S*H, Bewitched, Tabitha, All in the Family, Punky Brewster, Room 222, The Jonathan Winters Show, Bridget Loves Bernie, McHale's Navy , and specials for Mitzi Gaynor , Perry Como and Don Knotts . In 1986, his first play, Almost Perfect , debuted at Santa Monica Playhouse which has led to a dozen more – so far! I decided to speak with him about his latest comedy, Jews R 2 Much Fun, at the Santa Monica Playhouse as well as his long-running and extremely successful TV writing career. Hi Jerry. You have had such success writing for TV and plays. When did you know this was the career you wanted to follow? Pictured: Jerry Mayer I grew up in St. Louis and in grammar school, I was the class clown. I was also a cartoonist and during the war I drew my own little cartoon, Herman the German. I also wrote and acted out comedy scenes, and in high school at Western Military Academy, I wrote for the school paper and acted in school plays. I loved comedy and drama, but in those days, I knew I'd be in my Dad's successful construction company. So, comedy writing was my hobby for as long as I can remember. How did being raised in St. Louis contribute to your sense of humor? St. Louis was an All-American town, full of fun for this class clown – and being Jewish added to it since humor was such a big part of my family's life. I remember, at Halloween, we used to play funny pranks on people that were big laughs, though often in poor taste. In the meantime, I grew up as a good cartoonist and when Playboy magazine […]
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