Dick Cavett

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 7:30 pm
Venue: Nourse Theater

Series: Special Events

The legendary Dick Cavett established his reputation in the late 60’s as the most erudite of American talk show hosts. The Dick Cavett Show was one of the longest-running talk shows in television history, setting the bar for conversational in-depth interviews, with a wide range of guests from Groucho Marx to Katherine Hepburn, Fred Astaire to Noel Coward, David Bowie to Gloria Swanson, Buckminster Fuller to Jimi Hendrix, and even the notorious on-camera dustup between Normal Mailer and Gore Vidal. The master of talk recently appeared onstage in both New York and Los Angeles as himself in Hellman v. McCarthy, a play about the long-running feud between writers Mary McCarthy and Lillian Hellman. From as early as the eighth grade, it was clear that Cavett was destined for a life in show business, directing a live Saturday morning radio show in Nebraska and performing magic for $35 a night. Before discovering his gift as an interviewer, he had a brief career in stand-up and even performed at the Hungry I in San Francisco. Cavett is a regular contributor to the New York Times with his Opinionator column, in which he often shares personal reflections on his own life, including his bouts of clinical depression. His published books include the recent Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks.