The king of comedy
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I first met Harold Ramis about 40 years ago, when I produced the sketch-comedy stage revue The National Lampoon Show. Along with Harold, the cast included John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, Brian Doyle-Murray and Joe Flaherty. Even in that remarkably talented, yet-to-be-discovered ensemble, Harold stood out. Not because he was the loudest, the most flamboyant or even the funniest–although in his quiet, intelligent way, he often was. Harold stood out because it was clear he was their unofficial leader. The man to whom they could all turn to solve creative problems or any of the myriad conflicts that would arise among this high-powered group.