Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Funniest People from Thursday Night TV on the Red Carpet

Photo by Pop Culture Passionistas

Ever since NBC gave us "Must See TV" in the '90s, Thursday nights have typically been the best night of the week for comedy. And while it faces some stiff competition right now from Tuesdays (Raising Hope) and Wednesdays (Modern Family), Thursday nights still offer up some of the funniest shows of the week. Recently on the Emmy red carpet, which we covered on behalf of the Archive of American Television, we had the honor of speaking to some of the actors and creators that make Thursday the comedy king to find out who they looked to for inspiration.

Tina Fey from 30 Rock
Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. EST/7 p.m. Central on NBC
Given how funny Tina Fey has been in her career, it's really no surprise she looks to some of the early female comic geniuses for her inspiration.

Chuck Lorre from Two and a Half Men
Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. EST/7:30 p.m. Central on CBS
The creator of some of contemporary TV's biggest shows, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and Mike & Molly, some of his inspirations are a little surprising.

John Cryer from Two and a Half Men
The star of Two and a Half Men cites an early sitcom child star with prompting him to get into the business.

Simon Helberg from The Big Bang Theory
Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. Central on CBS
The nerdy aerospace engineer, Howard, from The Big Bang Theory named some of drama's biggest stars as his faces.

Melissa Rauch from The Big Bang Theory
Howard's now wife on The Big Bang Theory found childhood idols in some of TVs funniest women.

Steve Maloro and Bill Prady from The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory producers joke that they find inspiration in each other.

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