Here's a candid NCS Weekend shot of Tom "The Doozies" Gammill and Jeannie Schulz taping a segment from one of Tom's legendary "How to Draw" episodes. Tom was kind enough to lead an expedition of cartoonists on a Fox Studio tour and lunch with Matt Groening.
Tom also shared a story from his early 80s TV writing that's still got my chuckling.
Apparently, they'd been taping an episode of the cult classic "The New Show" and it was going long and poorly. In fact, all but three or four of the studio audience members had left.
So as some of the writers were discussing a skit at length, Tom turned to the remaining audience members and said (good-naturedly and tongue-in-cheek):
Tom: You're the worst audience ever.
Audience member: Maybe you should write some better jokes.
A valuable lesson for all you writers out there.