Gene Perret, who began a decades-long career as a comedy writer contributing jokes to comedians Slappy White and Phyllis Diller before joining the Emmy-winning writing team of The Carol Burnett Showbeginning a 28-year tenure with Bob Hope and serving as a producer on company of three Y welcome back kotter, died on November 15 of liver failure at his home in Westlake Village, CA. She was 85 years old.
According to to the familyPerret began writing comedy as a hobby while working as an electrical engineer for General Electric in Philadelphia in the mid-1950s. After contributing some one-liners to local comic White, a friend introduced him to Diller, who hired him for his 1968 sitcom. Phyllis Diller’s beautiful show and encouraged Perret to pursue comedy writing full-time. In 1969 she moved her family to California and within a year she was writing for a variety show. The Jim Nabors Hour.
In 1971 and 1972, Perret wrote for Rowan and Martin’s laugh before contributing to episodes of The New Bill Cosby Show, The Helen Reddy Show, Love, American Style, All in the Family Y What’s going on.
He joined the popular CBS variety series The Carol Burnett Show in 1973, staying until the end of the show’s run in 1978. Nominated for six Emmy Awards during its run Burnett career, he won in 1974, 1975 and 1978.
After Burnetthe wrote and produced multiple episodes for hit sitcoms. welcome back kotter Y company of threeand in 1980 he met with Burnett’s Tim Conway on the ephemeral The Tim Conway Show.
Perret’s longest-lasting professional collaboration was with Hope, serving on the comedian’s writing staff for 28 years and working on dozens of Hope television specials beginning in 1984. Bob Hope’s USO Christmas in Beirut.
In addition to his television work, Perret has written numerous magazine articles and more than 40 books, including writing comedy step by step Y The comedy writing exercise book.
Perret is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joanne, four children, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.