Interview with "Titus" writer Matt Rosenberg
TKTV's exclusive interview with "Titus" writer Matt Rosenberg - April, 2000
Matt Rosenberg, one of the writers of Fox's new comedy "Titus," was kind enough to answer some questions for us. Here is what he had to say.
TKTV: Could you give us a little personal background information? e.g. How old are you? Where did you go to school? Where are you from? Is there anything in your childhood that you think influenced you to become a writer for television?
MR: I decided to become a television writer to justify a misspent youth. I watched a ton of TV and I'm pleased now to be able to explain to my parents that there was value to my sitting glued to "Three's Company." It's sort of a last laugh thing where I get to tell them I was right all along and the shouting and punishing and giving me books to read were misguided on their part.
I grew up in a small town about 20 miles up the Hudson River from Manhattan, Dobbs Ferry, NY. As a kid, I was in love with the "Dr. Demento" show, recording it every Sunday night and memorizing everything. Bill Cosby, Tom Lehrer and Allan Sherman were my comedy heroes. My junior year I became friends with a group of seniors who introduced me to Monty Python and my horizons expanded exponentially. After high school, I went to Johns Hopkins University to study in their creative writing program. But Hopkins was a poor place for someone outside the hard sciences, so after starting a humor magazine there, I transferred to Wesleyan University in Connecticut, which, as it turns out, was churning out television and movie writers. When I eventually got to Los Angeles, the alumni network was a valuable tool in breaking into the Industry.
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