Seinfeld, Rickles, others help David Steinberg delve 'Inside Comedy'
Not only as a performer himself, but also as a director of such series as "Seinfeld,"
"What we set out to do," Steinberg explains, "was to frame these people in a respectful way. This is not the dark comedian's talk about how bad life is, and that's what I like about it more than anything else. In almost all these shows, the goodbyes somehow show the connection between us, and I find it moving to watch them myself."
Being friends with many of his subjects sometimes added intrigue for Steinberg.
"Seinfeld asked me more questions than I asked him! He really started the interview, by saying, 'What's it going to take to get you back onstage again?' I had to wiggle out of that to get him back to talking about himself."
Seinfeld also talked a lot about insult-humor king Rickles, so they form one "Inside Comedy" episode.
"I know Rickles well," Steinberg says. "We spent time together through the Carson years (as frequent guests on
Balance also applies to the range of comedy stars featured in the series, with
And who was Steinberg's most challenging interviewee?