Spike Feresten has done something that not a lot of comedy writers accomplish: move from behind the scenes to in front of the camera. After starting his career as a writer for high-profile comedies like Saturday Night Live, The Simpsons
, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Dana Carvey Show
, and Seinfeld.
After years of being behind the scenes as a writer, Spike made the move in front of the camera last year with his own weekly talk show on FOX, appropriately titled Talk Show with Spike Feresten
. We had the chance to speak with Spike down at the FOX Fall TV press junket. Spike and team are gearing up for the second season Talk Show and hope to build on the success of season one.
Below you will find the full mp3 audio of the interview.
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Spike is a very easy going guy and it was great to speak with him. It's fascinating how he ended up where he is now - hosting his own talk show. He began as a receptionist at Saturday Night Live
and got discovered because he constantly would give jokes to Dennis Miller, who was the Weekend Update anchor at that time. From there, he began writing for the sketch comedy series.
His turn at Seinfeld, where he wrote some of the show's most famous episodes, was extremely important to his career – he and Jerry Seinfeld are still close friends and work together constantly. He's actually been working with Jerry on his new Dreamworks animated film Bee Movie
, which will be released later this year. He shared a fun little anecdote in our interview about how hard Jerry is working on this movie. As for his own show, being only in its second season, finding guests can sometimes be difficult. Spike admits that they've mostly just called people they know and asked for favors. Hence, all the Seinfeld alumni who have appeared on Talk Show.
-Interview Conducted by Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
(Image Courtesy of FOX)