Unstructured Podcast – Episode 049 – Jeffrey Gurian is a comedian and joke writer for legends like Rodney Dangerfield
Jeffrey Gurian, legendary comic writer and comedian joins me for an interview about his history and his new book. From the age of 12, he wanted to be both a dentist and a comedy writer. After he graduated, Gurian became a practicing dentist in the field of Cosmetic dentistry. He specialized in correcting teeth that have been misshapen by birth defects, as well as drugs such as tetracycline or conditions like obsessive teeth grinding.
Early in his career, Jeffery wrote jokes that were performed by comedians which included: Dick Capri, Freddie Roman, Dick Shawn, Jerry Lewis, Richard Belzer, Robin Williams, David N. Dinkins and Milton Berle. Berle would also then later sponsor Gurian's membership in the New York Friars Club. He met Rodney Dangerfield through his connection to Alan Zweibel of Saturday Night Live fame. Dangerfield later used jokes from Gurian on several of of his appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson as well as one of Dangerfield's comedy albums.