"The Lady Who Invented Sitcom"
…is, you will notice, a quotation. It was coined by the late, lovable and much mourned, marvellously talented, witty, wacky and just plain wonderful, American-born lyricist and writer Dick Vosburgh.
Besides being a comedy writer for most of Britain’s top comedians, Dick provided jokes for top American stars as well, from Bob Hope to Jack Benny to Joan Rivers and many more, and also created the book and lyrics for several West End and Broadway musicals. He was obsessed with good writing and perfect rhymes and his rather eccentric passion for vintage movies and old-time radio and television shows meant there was not a film or episode of any series anywhere that he didn't appear to know backwards, forwards, and inside out, from plots to cast, dates, writers, who directed, who produced--the kind of guy you could call up at one thirty in the morning and say something like “I’m at this party. Who played Tonto on radio?” and Dick without hesitation, and without sounding annoyed to be awakened, would tell you it was John Todd “but not until 1933, before that he played a sheriff on the show”.
Dick Vosburgh was one of Peg Lynch’s greatest fans. He appreciated her humor, never forced, her dialogue, so real, the way she constructed her shows, so naturally, plotlines smoothly dovetailing one another, coupled with the fact that my mother wrote every single one of her scripts, more than ten thousand of them, singlehandedly. According to Dick, there was not another comedy writer on radio or television on the planet who could hold a candle to Peg or her achievements. For him, Peg Lynch did indeed "invent" sitcom.