FileTitle: Prose2237.html
Category: Humor
Type: Prose
Description: Interview, Reiner, Brooks, Gelbart
Recently, there was a public television special
honoring writer Larry Gelbart, whose credits
include the TV show "M*A*S*H*," the movies
"Tootsie" and "Oh, God," and the Broadway revival
of "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The

At one point, Carl Reiner was seated between
Gelbart and Mel Brooks, talking about the days
when they all worked for Sid Ceasar.

One great moment went something like this:

Carl Reiner: (pointing at Larry Gelbart) I'm
sitting between the wittiest and  (pointing at
Mel Brooks) funniest people that I know.

(With perfect timing, Mel Brooks does a spit-take
and sprays a mouthful of water at the audience.)

Host: Can you tell us what the difference is
between witty and funny?

Larry Gelbart: (without missing a beat) Witty is