Gene Perret, who started a decades-long comedy writing profession contributing jokes to stand-ups Slappy White and Phyllis Diller earlier than becoming a member of the Emmy-winning writing employees of The Carol Burnett Show, launching a 28-year tenure with Bob Hope and serving as a producer on Three’s Company and Welcome Back, Kotter, died Nov. 15 of liver failure at his residence in Westlake Village, CA. He was 85.

According to family, Perret started writing comedy as a interest whereas working as {an electrical} engineer for General Electric in Philadelphia throughout the mid-Nineteen Fifties. After contributing some one-liners to native comedian White, he was launched by a pal to Diller, who employed him for her 1968 sitcom The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show and inspired Perret to pursue comedy writing full time. In 1969 he moved his household to California and inside a yr was writing for selection present The Jim Nabors Hour.

In 1971 and ’72, Perret wrote for Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In earlier than contributing to episodes of The New Bill Cosby Show, The Helen Reddy Show, Love, American Style, All within the Family and What’s Happening.

He joined the favored CBS selection sequence The Carol Burnett Show in 1973, remaining till the tip of the present’s run in 1978. Nominated for six Emmy Awards throughout his Burnett

run, he gained in 1974, 1975 and 1978.

After Burnett, he wrote and produced a number of episodes for hit sitcoms Welcome Back, Kotter and Three’s Company, and in 1980 reunited with Burnett’s (*85*) Conway on the short-lived The (*85*) Conway Show.

Perret’s longest-lasting skilled collaboration was with Hope, serving on the comic’s writing employees for 28 years and dealing on dozens of Hope’s TV specials starting with 1984’s Bob Hope’s USO Christmas in Beirut.

In addition to his tv work, Perret wrote quite a few journal articles and greater than 40 books, together with Comedy Writing Step by Step and The Comedy Writing Workbook.

Perret is survived by his spouse of 64 years, Joanne, 4 youngsters, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a number of other nieces and nephews.

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