Sandrich Interview
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Jay Sandrich

Interviewed by: Jeremy Kagan

Jay Sandrich discusses his career as a television director, from beginning as an assistant director for Desilu Productions on shows like I Love Lucy (1951-1957) to directing multi-camera comedies like Mary Tyler Moore (1970-1977) and The Cosby Show (1984-1992). 

Director Jay Sandrich talks about directing Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show and helping him find the personal connection to the writing he needed for his performance.

Sandrich discusses the challenges and benefits of shooting two complete run-throughs of live-to-tape comedies like The Cosby Show and Soap, and how he use moments of performance from both takes in the final edit.

Sandrich offers advice to young directors about being ready for their first job, and how to handle failure and bounce back.