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Exclusive: “ ‘Eff You!’ ” I answered. Garry Marshall already knew when he asked me, but he wanted to see whether I knew what I was talking about. We were discussing Neil Simon, who I said had written the all-time funniest line ever. “Which line?” Marshall asked. “F.U.,” I answered.
“I can’t take it anymore, Felix, I’m cracking up. Everything you do irritates me. And when you’re not here, the things I know you’re gonna do when you come in irritate me. You leave me little notes on my pillow. Told you 158 times I can’t stand little notes on my pillow. “We’re all out of cornflakes. F.U.” Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Ungar!”
Marshall concurs and reminds me that the line is from the Broadway script of The Odd Couple »
- Jeremy Gerard
But Marshall’s canon of popcorn comedy goes much deeper. His TV work stretches from writing for “Make Room for Daddy” and “Gomer Pyle: Usmc,” through his “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley” and “Mork & Mindy” heyday and on up through the pilot he’s shepherding at present with son Scott for Nickelodeon.
Marshall’s shows have rarely been critical faves, but most have had undeniable cultural impact. Who among us can’t sing the “Laverne & Shirley” theme song from memory? Who doesn’t know that Richie Cunningham’s father owned a hardware store? “Mork & Mindy” may have been a high-water mark for a silly sitcom premise, but it was popular enough in its moment to make Robin Williams a megastar first in TV, »
- Cynthia Littleton
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