VH180 Stan Lathan
This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Stan Lathan

Interviewed by: Oz Scott

Director Stan Lathan discusses his 40-plus year career directing episodic and variety television (Sanford and Son, The Steve Harvey Show, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Def Comedy Jam); starting out at WGBH-TV; and his collaboration with iconic comedians Redd Foxx and Moms Mabley.

Director Stan Lathan opens up about working on the set of Sanford and Son at a time when there were few African American directors in the industry and the impact it had on the show’s crew.

Lathan talks about the unique staging of Def Comedy Jam, which took advantage of the excitement of the audience at the venue to create a more entertaining show for viewers watching at home.

Lathan tells how directing a spontaneous show like Sesame Street trained him to focus on the next shot, allowing him to anticipate how it would fit into a visual whole.