Comedy writer Sidney Reznick dies at 93

Worked in radio, golden era TV, 'Tonight Show'

Sidney Reznick, a comedy writer who began in radio in the early 1940s with “The Jimmy Durante Show,” worked in the golden era of television and remained in the business long enough to pen three episodes of “The Love Boat,” died in Los Angeles on July 24. He was 93.

While still in radio, Reznick also wrote for performers including Bob Hope, Al Jolson, Ethel Merman, Phil Silvers, Ed Wynn, Steve Allen, Sam Levenson, comedian Henry Morgan, Robert Q. Lewis and Jan Murray. Reznick created the comedy gameshow “Sez Who?” in 1957. For television in the 1950s and 1960s, Reznick wrote for the Jack Paar morning show and the variety shows of Garry Moore and Jackie Gleason, among others, as well as specials or series for Hope, Vic Damone, Victor Borge and the Manhattan Transfer.

He was a staff writer for “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” both in New York and Los Angeles, and he was onstage when Tiny Tim was married on air. He also wrote episodes of “Love, American Style,” “The Odd Couple,” “The Love Boat” and other sitcoms and consulted for various gameshows.

Reznick wrote jokes for Hubert Humphrey’s 1968 presidential campaign against Richard Nixon. In response to Nixon’s refusal to debate, he had Humphrey refer to “Richard the Chicken-Hearted” — a sobriquet cited in several political columns of the time and mentioned by Nixon years later when Humphrey died.

Reznick was born in New York City.

He is survived by two sons and two grandchildren.

In lieu of a memorial, his friends are invited to leave a message on the webpage

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