American Masters

Dick Cavett's early days of standup comedy

Clip: 12/27/2022 | 8m 18s | Video has closed captioning.

When Dick Cavett first started doing standup, he quickly learned that performing comedy yourself and writing comedy for another person are two very different ventures. In this outtake from "Groucho & Cavett," Cavett reflects on the trial and error in his early days of standup and the lessons he learned along the way.

Airing: 12/27/22

Rating: NR

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