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Pioneers of Television

Acting Funny (Season 4, Episode 4)
TV-PG
TV Episode | 56 min | Documentary, History

The backstage techniques of comic actors, including Robin Williams, Jonathan Winters and Tina Fey.
Director
Steve Boettcher (as Steven J. Boettcher)
Status
Edit Released
Updated May 6, 2014

Release date
May 6, 2014 (United States)

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Benjamin Bratt
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Robin Williams
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Tina Fey
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Jimmie Walker
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Jonathan Winters
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Cloris Leachman
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Dick Van Dyke
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Phyllis Diller
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Andy Williams
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John Amos
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Tim Allen
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Pat Carroll
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Mary Tyler Moore
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Morey Amsterdam
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Edward Asner
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Alec Baldwin
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Mel Brooks
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Art Carney
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Pam Dawber
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Richard Deacon
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Lisa Gerritsen
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Oliver Hardy
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Valerie Harper
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Stan Laurel
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Harvey Lembeck
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Rose Marie
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Allan Melvin
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Jack Paar
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Martha Plimpton
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Amy Poehler
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Michael Richards
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Esther Rolle
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Jerry Seinfeld
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Phil Silvers
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Gene Wilder
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7.7 / 10 | 15 votes