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Acting Funny

Peek behind the curtain at the backstage techniques of America’s favorite comedic actors. The program features the manic improvisational style of Robin Williams, along with his comic predecessor Jonathan Winters. They’re a fascinating contrast to Tina Fey, who explains her measured, highly prepared approach. The episode also highlights the all-time #1 Emmy winner for comedy acting Cloris Leachman.
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    Where was Imogene Coca in Funny Ladies? What an ommission!

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About Pioneers of Television

PIONEERS OF TELEVISION returns to PBS in January 2011 for a second season featuring all new stories of the visionaries who shaped a fledgling medium with their creativity, foresight and wisdom. Narrated by Kelsey Grammer, this four-part series transports viewers behind the scenes for a revealing look at four of the most popular genres in television: science fiction, westerns, crime dramas and local kids TV.

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