Interviews | Posted by TV Time Machine 01.01.11
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“This should be an L.A. institution!” – LA Weekly; “Witty… Charming… Stays true to its TV show roots…” – LA Times; “Spontaneous fun!” – Paper Magazine.

For over four years, What’s My Line? Live on Stage was performed in Los Angeles and New York. Hosted by J. Keith Van Straaten and directed by Jim Newman, the live performance followed the format of the classic TV game show that ran for over 25 years on both CBS-TV and in syndication.

In this TV Time Machine interview, host Jim Benson welcomes the aforementioned gentlemen (in the forms of J. Keith Van Straaten and Jim Newman) as they explore the elements that made What’s My Line? Live on Stage a unique experience for devotees of classic TV and improvisational comedy.

For more information on the history of What’s My Line? Live on Stage, and host J. Keith Van Straaten, visit

Listen to the Interview Below

What’s My Line? audio interview segment one

In this segment, TV Time Machine host Jim Benson quizzes What’s My Line? Live on Stage panel moderator J. Keith Van Straaten and director Jim Newman about their early years in comedy. Our guests also reflect on the original TV version of the show, panelists Arlene Francis, Dorothy Kilgallen, and Bennett Cerf, and the infamous Hal Block.

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  • Anonymous

    Great old program … you can see some earlier episodes on YouTube
    still these days….

  • Cardholm2002

    how do I get in contact with director Jim Newman?