Rob Petrie was an idea man with great physical comedy. He was the head writer, but only the leader because the show was about him. (More on that in a bit.) Rob conceptualized the plot of sketches. He’d begin with “What if…” statements and pull the other writers in. Rob=Conceptualize.
Sally Rogers was the true leader of the crew. When the boys couldn’t focus, she’d pull them back. Although it may seem demeaning that she was the typist, it actually showed her leadership. Notice what whenever she didn’t like something, she wouldn’t type and just glance at the person for something better. Sally demanded their best. If she had an off day, they couldn’t pull their act together. Sally had some ideas and jokes, but her primary task was keeping on task. Sally=Focus.
Buddy Sorrell was the one-man joke machine. He had a ton of one-liners floating in his head and just needed an outlet. He rarely had an idea for a sketch, but took Rob’s ideas and expanded them with his special brand of humor. The man fleshed out outlines with dialogue and comebacks. Buddy had a difficult time staying on track, yet his input was invaluable to the team. Buddy=Dialogue.
When it comes to writing, each one of us has talent that leans in one direction or another. I’ll admit it, I’m like Buddy. Give me any scenario and I’ll give you zingers, one-liners or a heart wrenching confession, but outline and focus are my weaker areas. Who do you more identify with—Rob, Sally or Buddy?