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Real Comedy At Abc

June 27, 1987

Brandon Stoddard of the ABC television network was quoted as saying, "This year's shows are about something--they have more of a reality base" ("ABC to Take Some Risks in Prime Time," by Diane Haithman, June 20).

Did the "informal meeting with the press" where Stoddard made the above statement take place at the Comedy Store? Was he trying out a new comedy routine?

Stoddard works for ABC, the network that canceled a program whose subject matter was the history of "Our World" during this century; the network that is renewing for next year the programs "Max Headroom," "The Charmings" and "Sledge Hammer."

Are we to believe that this television executive feels that these three shows, whose subjects are a computer-generated huckster, some misplaced fairy-tale characters and a sadistic, dumb cop, come closer than shows from recent seasons to reflecting the real world? I think not.

No one with a definition of reality that far outside the norm would still be allowed to hold such a responsible position. I wish him luck in his part-time job as a stand-up comedian.

PHILIP A. MOHR JR.

Rosemead

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