Episode 39

Comedian & actor Fred Willard (Anchorman, Best In Show, Modern Family) and writer & playwright Mary Willard (Fernwood Tonight) have been married for almost 50 years - even after the many times they've worked together. They take a trip down comedy memory lane, including how they first met, why Fred's sketch got no laughs on The Ed Sullivan Show, how he almost cast himself out of Fernwood Tonight, and why networking in the new age of online content is rather depressing. They also share why they got interested in charity work, and revisit their favorite scenes with the Christopher Guest family.



  1. Working with someone you love can actually be a joy.
  2. Creativity keeps us alive.
  3. Say "yes" to opportunities.



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Support UNICEF Hurricane Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

Elon Musk's offer to to rebuild Puerto Rico's electricity grid

Denmark's progress & goals in renewable energy

Las Vegas gun control debate

Our dear friend Harry Dean Stanton

LuckyHarry Dean's last film

SNL Saturday Night Live

Fernwood Tonight, TV series with Martin Mull

Alan Thicke

Harry Shearer

Elvis & JulietMary's play starring Fred

How they met - thanks to David Frye at Hungry I in San Francisco

Barbara Streisand singing "People" in Funny Girl

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" in The Wizard of Oz

Learn more about the MoHos Comedy group

Vic Greco of the comedy duo, Greco and Willard

The Merv Griffin Show

The Ed Sullivan Show

Second City in Chicago

Little Murders - directed by Alan Arkin

Norman Lear

Know your history! Robert Preston, Al Jolson, Keystone KopsMilton BerleJackie Mason

Professor Irwin Corey

Steve Bluestein

A Year at the Top, TV series starring Paul Shaffer


Farah Fawcett Foundation - hep raise funds for cancer research

HPV vaccines

Cerritos Center for the Performing Artswhere Fred and Mary will be honored

Animal rights groups - PETAActors and Others for AnimalsFarm SanctuaryKitty Bungalow

Christopher Guest, director of Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and many more

Watch Fred Willard in Best in Show

Fred's work on Funny or Die

Buck Henry, actor that helped Ed network back in the day


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