Newhart, Mork & Mindy, Cheers, Growing Pains, Who’s the Boss?, Full House, Home Improvement and Friends, as well as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno during nearly its entire run.
Robert Perlow discusses his new book, The Warmup Guy. With a foreword by Alan Thicke, Perlow’s memoir looks back on his 30-plus years in showbiz, which began with stand-up and improv in Boston, where he was once roommates with a then-unknown Jay Leno. (Perlow was also a college professor, cruise ship director and tour guide). While working as a writer on Lavern & Shirley, Garry Marshall hand-picked him to warm up the crowd. Perlow would spend the rest of his career as a warm-up comic, trying to keep restless audiences engaged during hours of taping on sitcoms like