After winning 10 Emmys, four Directors Guild Awards and a spot in the TV Academy Hall of Fame, James Burrows has earned the right to have a unique clause inserted to his contract when he signs on to a new project.
“I have a fun clause in my contract,” he said, “if I’m not having fun, I can leave.”
The long and winding Q&A with Burrows and thesp he helped make a star as the director of the “Friends” pilot ranged from Burrows’ longevity, how he directed his numerous teams, the differences between broadcast and premium cable nets, and his unusal path to becoming the biz’s preeminent TV comedy director.
His “fun” maxim has served him well as Burrows has amassed a mile-long list of credits that include co-creating “Cheers” and directing pilots for a slew of hits including “Frasier,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Will & Grace” and “Two and a Half Men.”
His informal college of comedy has also served as a training ground for many actors, as Kudrow confirmed.