Legendary Director James Burrows on Friends, Cheers, Taxi and Will & Grace

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Published on June 18, 2022

James talks about working with Jimmy and Norman Lear on “Live in Front of a Studio Audience,” his new book “Directed by James Burrows,” casting Danny DeVito in “Taxi,” working with Christopher Lloyd and Andy Kaufman, Andy’s Tony Clifton character, directing “Cheers,” Woody Harrelson joining the cast after Nicholas Colasanto passed away, taking Ted Danson to his first baseball game, the cast watching the “Cheers” finale together, reading the “Friends” script for the first time, Matt Damon unfortunately making it into the book, “Will & Grace” being such a big success and Joe Biden being a fan of the show, Norman Lear celebrating his 100th birthday in July, and some of the greatest sitcom actors ever.

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20 comments

  • Kiran Jude 7 months ago

    James Burrows is the Shakespeare of TV ….. !!!
    Man.. the lesson tat I have learned form all the those classics were immense … thanks again sir… !!!

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  • Renee Moreno 7 months ago

    It’s been a pleasure and an honor to have worked on many of his shows. He is a great director and human being. 👏👍🙏

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  • zizinnnn 7 months ago

    listen to his recent interview with alan alda, it’s great

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  • debbiedoodiedandi 7 months ago

    I loved when he played himself on The Comeback

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  • Total T 7 months ago

    I like TV,and will read his book. A great interview. Ty.

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  • Jason Rogin 7 months ago

    That was great ! Great interview … had a smile on my face the whole time

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  • babilabub 7 months ago

    Best interview ever !

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  • Delight Loves Movies 7 months ago

    Wow what a cool and interesting man. I could listen to him talk about this stuff all day.

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  • Doctor Beanis 7 months ago

    Legendary man. So cool to see this interview. This book is being purchased by me for sure!

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  • Yer Dreams 7 months ago

    Why no black or Hispanic people on those shows.

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  • Greg Whittle 7 months ago

    Late night american here. Good evening y’all

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  • Greg Whittle 7 months ago

    Is he nervous or has a disease of the nervous system? No shade hes a great speaker.

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  • Kelly Grant 7 months ago

    Jimmy Kimmel trying not to cry for 20 minutes.

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  • J 7 months ago

    12:25 Cheers
    18:00 Friends
    20:45 Will & Grace

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  • Mark Thorne-Barbosa 7 months ago

    I want Jimmy Burrows to know that his work is also a deep part of Australian culture too. These shows are ingrained on the Australian psyche. Every Aussie knows the Cheers theme, Latka from Taxi, Rachel’s hairdo, Will, Grace, Karen and Jack. You are responsible for the happiness of so many Australian people.

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  • Jasmine Brown 7 months ago

    Love this! Side note, I also can sing the Albania song from memory. And the rap about Sam getting a “g-g-groin injury” .

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  • Dennis Nguyen 7 months ago

    Matt Damon mentioned @ 20:12

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  • Michael Hughes 7 months ago

    What a great conversation and wonderful insight. I would love more interviews like this

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  • Nando Perez 7 months ago

    Parkinson”s is a horrible disease

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  • Lupe A 7 months ago

    How much did Burrows pay to be interviewed that loooong… haha

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