Paul Wayne

Paul Wayne
Born 1932 (age 8384)
Toronto, Ontario
Occupation Screenwriter
Language English
Nationality Canadian
Notable works Three's Company
Notable awards Writing (Comedy or Variety)
1969 The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

Paul Wayne (born 1932 in Toronto, Ontario)[1][2] is a Canadian writer. He wrote sketches of television variety shows, like The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour that he won an Emmy Award for, and episodes of other television shows, like Three's Company. He also served as producer of only two short-lived sitcoms, Doc and Excuse My French.


All together with his writing partner George Burditt[3][4] and other writing crew, they earned Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Writing for a Variety or Music Series: The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour in 1972[5] and 1974,[6] and Van Dyke and Company in 1977,[7] a variety show starring Dick Van Dyke. Wayne and Burditt co-wrote mainly the first three seasons (1977–79) of the television series Three's Company,[4] Both together co-wrote one episode of All in the Family, "Archie Eats and Runs" (1974),[8] and another episode of Sanford and Son[9] (alongside Aaron Ruben), "The Way to Lamont's Heart" (1974).

Individually[4] or with other writers, Wayne wrote episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched, The Flying Nun, That Girl, Welcome Back, Kotter, and Benson.[4] He wrote "From Paradise Direct", a 1964 episode of the Canadian teleplay series Playdate about an angel mistaking a man as the leprechaun.[10] He and Joseph Hoffmann wrote the 1967 film The King's Pirate,[11] based on the 1952 film Against All Flags,[12] written by Hoffman and Aeneas MacKenzie. In 1969, he was awarded an Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Variety for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.[13] He created and produced the Canadian English-French sitcom Excuse My French (1974–76).[2] He served as a producer of Doc (1975–76).[14]

Awards and nominations


  1. Paul Wayne profile, from the British Film Institute
  2. 1 2 "Nobody in the west cares about Excuse My French". The Ottawa Journal. 89 (274). November 16, 1974. p. 130.
  3. "CTV's New Sitcom Laughs at French-English Mixups". The Calgary Herald. September 6, 1974. TV Times pullout, September 6–13, 1974 issue, p. 37 (page number not shown in source). Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  4. 1 2 3 4 Lewellen 2013, p. 10 "The Writers"
  5. 1 2 "24th Primetime Emmys Nominees and Winners: OUTSTANDING WRITING ACHIEVEMENT IN VARIETY OR MUSIC". Emmys. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  6. 1 2 "26th Primetime Emmys Nominees and Winners: BEST WRITING IN VARIETY OR MUSIC - 1974". Emmys. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  7. 1 2 "29th Primetime Emmys Nominees and Winners: OUTSTANDING WRITING IN A COMEDY-VARIETY OR MUSIC SERIES - 1977". Emmys. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  8. Lewellen 2013, p. 60 "Careening to a Wall"
  9. Lewellen 2013, p. 85 "We Had to Cut the Laugh"
  10. "CBOT highlights (Monday, March 9, 1964)". The Ottawa Citizen. March 7, 1964. TV Weekly section, pp. 8–9.
  11. "Review: The King's Pirate". Variety. 1967. The date says "December 31, 1966", which is incorrect.
  12. Cowie, Peter, ed. (1977). World Filmography: 1967. The Tantivy Press (London) / A.S. Barnes & Co. (Cranbury, New Jersey). ISBN 9780498015656.
  13. 1 2 "21st Primetime Emmys Nominees and Winners: OUTSTANDING WRITING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY, VARIETY - 1969". Emmys. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  14. Terrace 1985, p. 112–113.


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