A Conversation with Dick Cavett, Legendary TV Talk Show Host

A Conversation with Dick Cavett, Legendary TV Talk Show Host

I was honored to speak with America’s great conversationalist, writer, and television legend Dick Cavett for this installation of Questions from the Studio. He was kind enough to share a bit about his childhood growing up in Nebraska and insights into his process for the Dick Cavett Show, as well as thoughts on God…and Justin Bieber.   Gary Komarin: What did you dream about becoming…as a kid in Nebraska? Dick Cavett:  I knew, seemingly from birth, that I wanted to be in show business. I was, in a way, by doing magic shows during high school for as much as $35 a night. A fortune. And I dreamed of and yearned for New York. I knew I’d get there somehow and that something would happen there to make people say, “There goes Dick Cavett.” (When that happened, after a time, it proved a bit less fun than I’d hoped.) Gary Komarin: How did growing up in the middle of the country shape your point of view? Dick Cavett:  I’m not sure I ever formed what you’d call a Midwestern- influenced point of view. I didn’t feel any great affection for my Midwest upbringing – the elm-lined streets, the fairs, the prairies – until I left it all. Now I can’t get enough of it when I go back on visits and my affection for it looms. Gary Komarin: Do you believe that the better the question, the better the answer…or is that too simplistic? Dick Cavett:  If you mean in a talk show, it shouldn’t be a matter of questions. Jack Paar told to me never to do interviews. That’s Q...